Guardianship is a legal decision made by a court. The decision made is that a particular person has become incapacitated. He or she can no longer make decisions about him or herself. The Court also appoints a “guardian” to make decisions for the person it deems incapacitated. This guardian is answerable to the Court. Guardians…

Happy Holidays It’s the holiday season and instead of reading about some serious legal issue, let’s try to laugh a little.  Here is one of my favorite stories and although it’s not a holiday story, I hope it will suffice: For years, two brothers—one a lawyer, and the other an accountant who could not hear…

Inheritance tax will be the last remaining “death tax” In New Jersey, as of January 1, 2018. On that date, the state’s estate tax will disappear. New Jersey Inheritance Tax   The “Transfer Inheritance Tax” is assessed against inheritances received by certain classes of people.  There are four classes: Class A beneficiaries: father, mother, grandparents, children,…

Can the terms of a Will be changed to make them “fair”?  Let’s say that a parent has died.  Under the terms of the parent’s Will, one of four children is disinherited.  The child and parent did not get along, and, for good reason.  The parent was a bit unreasonable in the eyes of all…

“Control over my funeral” is becoming a developing issue in my practice.  Funeral directors have asked me to sign statements that I have such authority when I have buried my wards as a court appointed guardian.  Now, family survivors are disagreeing over the disposition of a loved-one’s remains, and inquiries are being made about the…

Hidden cameras are now available to address the significant increase in elder abuse complaints against home health aides. New Jersey has decided to expand its hidden camera program that began in December 2016. It has been very successful in catching abusers, both among in-home caregivers, and those in nursing homes. Findings By The New Jersey…

Attorney Nicole L. Voigt is the January 2016 spotlight member of Commercial Real Estate Women, Inc. New Jersey (CREW NJ).  To review CREW NJ’s interview of Ms. Voigt, click HERE.  CREW NJ is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1982 that promotes communication and interaction between experienced commercial real estate professionals in New Jersey. CREW NJ…

So you have been injured, but you are not sure if your injury will be considered “on the job.” This is often times a key consideration in determining whether one will be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Employees who typically work in or at the same office, facility, plant, or building face a rather cut…

It is not uncommon for an injury or accident to occur when you are not physically at your office, job site, or place of business. The question that often arises is, “when does the workday begin and end?” The answer to this question lies within the Court’s interpretation of the principal known as the “premises…

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 34:15-7, New Jersey worker’s compensation law requires that in order for an injured worker to be eligible to receive the benefit of workers compensation, the accident must “arise out of” and occur “in the course of employment.” This accident can constitute either a singular event, such as a slip and fall, or…