Creating the Foundation for an Effective Estate Plan

A carefully drafted will is at the heart of most estate plans. With a proper will, you can gain peace of mind knowing that you have a plan in place to distribute your assets to the people, organizations or causes that are important to you.

At A. Schancupp & Associates, L.L.C., we create wills that are customized and tailored to the unique needs of each individual client. We do not believe proper estate planning can be achieved through the use of standardized forms. Instead, we spend time with each client to learn his or her estate planning goals. Then, we create comprehensive wills, trustsand any other documents that may useful in achieving those goals and minimizing the time and expense of probate in the future.

Attention to Detail Is Key

There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to estate planning. Every person has different wishes concerning who should receive property upon his or her death. If you choose A. Schancupp & Associates, L.L.C., you will be able to work closely with an experienced Essex County wills lawyer to create a detailed will that accounts for your wishes and any contingencies and eventualities that may arise.

We draft a variety of wills and related documents for clients in and around Essex County, New Jersey. Some examples include:

  • Simple wills
  • Pour-over wills
  • Joint and mutual wills
  • Codicils (modifications to a will that already exists)
  • Trusts
  • Powers of attorney

Living Wills/Advance Health Care Directives in New Jersey

A living will defines one’s wishes of how medical treatment will be administered in the event of a terminal illness or condition, such as to what extent resuscitation and life support measures are to be continued, as well as the use of feeding tubes and drugs for pain. Making these vital decisions ahead of time and consulting an attorney who has extensive experience in drafting and reviewing living wills not only ensures your wishes are carried out, but also saves considerable anxiety for your family should you face serious medical problems.

Will Contests and Litigation

Even carefully drafted wills can become the subject of dispute when it comes time for them to be executed. Claims of undue influence, fraud, mistake or lack of mental capacity can be made by family members or others who feel the will should not be valid. Our Essex County lawyers are highly experienced in estate litigation and will contests. Whether you are challenging a will or defending its validity, we can help you reach an effective resolution.