If you are looking for a Morris County, NJ estate planning lawyer, you are making the ideal connection. Power Law Firm has been helping local families for decades, and we greatly value the many relationships that we have established over the years.
We have an office in Morristown, which is the county seat of Morris County, so we are deeply embedded in the community. This county is a very desirable place to live with one of the highest per capita income levels in the entire country, and it is the second healthiest county in New Jersey.
Things to Do in Morris County
Mayo Performing Arts Center is a major cultural hub, and it dates back to 1937 when it was called the Walter Reed movie theater. The Morris Museum is chock full of interesting things to see, and Morristown National Historic Park is a repository of American Revolutionary War history.
Morris County Golf Club is a beautiful course that was originally established before the turn of the 20th century, and it is still going strong. And of course, New York City and all that it has to offer is within easy reach, so Morris County provides a very high quality of life.
Morris County Estate Administration
The Surrogate’s Court has jurisdiction over estate matters in the Garden State, along with guardianship proceedings. This is the location and contact information for the local court:
Morris County Surrogate’s Court
10 Court Street, 5th Floor
Morris County, NJ 07960
A will would be admitted to probate, and it serves a purpose, but many people would prefer a more streamlined estate administration process. This can be facilitated if you utilize a revocable living trust as the centerpiece of your estate plan.
While you are living, you would be the trustee, so you would maintain control of the assets. You name a successor trustee to serve as the administrator after your passing, and your heirs would be the beneficiaries.
When the time comes, the successor trustee would distribute assets to the beneficiaries in accordance with your wishes, and probate would not be necessary.
Morris County Elder Care Resources
According to the 2020 census, just under 18 percent of the population of Morris County was at least 65 years old. There is a significant senior population, and as elder law attorneys, we recognize the challenges that seniors face.
Alzheimer’s disease strikes about 13 percent of all senior citizens, and the likelihood rises to over 30 percent for those that are 85 and older. People with dementia often require nursing home care, and there are other underlying reasons why elders move into nursing facilities.
Medicare does not pay for long-term care, but Medicaid will cover the costs if you can gain eligibility. This takes careful advance planning because you have to divest yourself of assets at least 60 months before you apply for coverage.
If you visit the Morris County Aging, Disabilities & Community Programming page, you will enter a portal that leads to information about available assistance. You can learn about senior centers, adult protective services, caregiver support, care management, and more.
Consult With a Morris County Estate Planning Lawyer!
Action is required if you are going through life without an estate plan because you never know what the future holds. As soon as you have family members that are depending on you, estate planning becomes an absolute must.
When your initial plan has been established, it will reflect the circumstances at that time. Over the years, we will always be ready to help you adjust your plan if and when things change.
If you are ready to get started, you can schedule a consultation at our Morristown, NJ estate planning office if you call us at 800-281-1515. There is also a contact form on this site you can use to send us a message, if you reach out electronically, you will receive a prompt response.