Power Law Firm is a Passaic County, NJ estate planning and elder law resource, and we welcome you to our site. This county is a part of the New York City metropolitan area, and that speaks for itself, but it has many things to offer in its own right.
Passaic County Highlights
Passaic County was carved out in 1837, and Paterson is the most populous city with 159,732 residents. You can marvel at the Great Falls of the Passaic River at Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park, and Garrett Mountain reservation is a treasured National Natural Landmark.
Other extraordinary sites include the New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Paterson Museum, Lambert Castle, Ringwood State Park, and High Mountain Park Preserve in Wayne.
Local high school graduates do not have to leave the area to continue their education. Passaic County Community College is one option, along with William Paterson University, Montclair State University, and Passaic County Technical Institute.
Clearly, Passaic County is one of the crown jewels of the great state of New Jersey. We have assisted many local families over the years, and we greatly value the relationships that we have established.
Passaic County Surrogate’s Court
As Passaic County estate planning and elder law attorneys, we frequently interact with the Surrogate’s Court. When a will is used as an asset transfer vehicle, it is admitted to probate, and the Surrogate’s Court provides supervision during the estate administration process.
This court also handles intestate estate matters. Intestacy is the condition of passing away without a will or any other estate planning document to direct asset transfers.
Guardianship proceedings fall under the jurisdiction of the Surrogate’s Court. Many people equate guardianship to minor children, but the court can be petitioned to appoint a guardian to act on behalf of an incapacitated adult.
The Passaic County Surrogate’s Court is located on 77 Hamilton Street, Room 101 in Patterson, and the Mobile Number is 973-881-4760. If you would like to send an email to the court, this is the address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Passaic County Elder Resources
According to the United States Census Bureau, 15 percent of the residents of Passaic County are 65 years of age or older. Seven out of every 10 people that reach the age of 65 will require long-term care eventually, and 52 percent will receive paid living assistance.
Medicare does not pay for a stay in a nursing home, and it does not cover in-home care. Medicaid is a jointly administered federal/state government health insurance program that will pay for custodial care.
It is a need-based program, so you have to divest yourself of assets in a measured manner to shape a financial profile that will lead to eligibility. This will typically involve the utilization of a Medicaid trust, but you have to take the right steps years before you actually need long-term care.
Many people require nursing home care because of Alzheimer’s disease, and the Alzheimer’s Association is a good source of information. There is a Greater New Jersey Chapter that provides information and resources for people in Passaic County that have been impacted by this horrible disease.
Another great resource is the Passaic County Senior Services, Disability & Veterans Affairs portal. There you will find access to information about adult daycare, aging and disability resources, nutrition services, paratransit, veterans services, and telephone wellness checks.
Contact a Passaic County Estate Planning Attorney Today!
There are different approaches that can be taken when you are planning your estate, and the ideal way to proceed will depend on the circumstances. Personalized attention is the key to a properly constructed plan, and this is what you will receive when you choose our firm.
We will gain an understanding of your situation and your legacy goals and make recommendations based on the circumstances. At the conclusion of the process, you will go forward with a custom-crafted plan that is ideal for you and your family.
You can schedule a consultation appointment if you call us at 800-281-1515, and you can use our contact form if you would prefer to send us a message.