When you walked through the freshly painted and carpeted home that you ultimately rented, you may not have thought to ask whether it had suffered any water damage. After all, it looks beautiful, and you had no reason to suspect that a danger to your health could be lurking in the walls.
It is impossible to plan for the future, but New Jersey residents know that there are certain things that they can do to be better prepared for what happens in the years ahead. One of the ways to do this is to have a thoughtful estate plan in place. However, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to estate planning, and the tools you need depend largely upon your individual situation and legal objectives.
Walking along a sidewalk or through a crosswalk in New Jersey is not supposed to be a life-threatening situation. Sadly, however, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Association reports, you and your loved ones are at great risk for injury any time you take to the roads as pedestrians. In fact, the NHTSA has determined that at least 5,000 fatalities occur each year in incidents where motorists run into pedestrians; this doesn't even take into account the many other ways pedestrians may be injured.
Have you talked to your parents about their plans for the future? Most likely, they have eagerly shared their retirement goals, their vacation agenda and perhaps even their ideas for downsizing. However, do you know if they have made their final arrangements? Do they have a will? Do you know what their wishes are if they should become incapacitated?
Creating an estate plan seems simple. You meet with an attorney, draw up your documents and sign them. Then, when your life is over, your children inherit your property, and everyone is happy. However, it doesn't always work out so neatly, especially when loved ones realize the property they inherited is contaminated.
Few things in life compare to receiving a phone call or visit telling you that a beloved family member died unexpectedly in some sort of accident. As you grieve, you might need answers to questions regarding the circumstances surrounding the death of your loved one. Those answers might lead you to wonder whether you have any legal recourse against the party or parties responsible.