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  • Choose the right business structure to set yourself up for success
    Starting a business is rarely easy. Maybe someone has a great idea, but it takes a unique entrepreneurial spirit to get things off the ground. And one of the essential steps in that process is choosing the right legal structure for the company. Some methods of organization offer more flexibility, but less optimal tax treatment. Others protect owners from liability but require a more formal structure. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, the most...
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  • Estate planning that involves blended families
    The objective a thoughtful estate plan is to address the unique and sometimes pressing needs of a client and their family. Some plans are straightforward because there is only a single child or spouse, but the high rate of divorce means that many drafting a will, trust or estate plan often will include second (or third) wives, biological children and step-children. It can get even more tangled if there are grandchildren or even great-grandchildren involved...
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  • Navigating the Probate process with a helping hand
    While the emotional effects of losing a loved one can linger for a long time, there are some important realities those close to the deceased will have to deal with in the short term. One of those important items will be the disposition of that person’s property, known as the process of estate administration. When a person passes away, that person’s estate enters probate, which is directed by the courts. The court will oversee this...
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  • What is probate?
    If you are someone who has been diligent in managing and saving your money so that when you pass you can provide a significant amount of assets to your heirs, you may be frustrated with a process called probate. Based on the size of your estate, when going through probate your beneficiaries may not be receiving as much of your inheritance as you may have wished. At the time of your death, the legal process...
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  • When an inheritance disappears
    Life can change in the blink of an eye. As such, it is pretty safe to assume that things can change a great deal over the course of several years, including a person’s financial situation. This can lead to an heir receiving a much smaller inheritance or even no inheritance upon the death of a loved one. In many cases, beneficiaries of a deceased party are completely unaware of a decedent’s financial affairs. While the...
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  • How can people in New Jersey plan for end-of-life care?
    Many people in New Jersey have an opinion on what end-of-life medical care they would like to receive when the time comes. There are a variety of legal documents that a person can execute through estate planning, to ensure these wishes are met. Two of these documents are a power of attorney and a living will. A health care power of attorney is a document in which a person designates someone to make health...
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  • You do not have to navigate the world of small business law alone
    Small business owners in New Jersey may be eager to see their fledgling enterprise grow into a profitable business. After all, they may have put much thought and care into the creation and running of their business. However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be some stumbling blocks along the path to success. There are a variety of small business law conflicts that could arise within the course of doing business. For example, breach of...
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  • Health Care Market Drivers Mean Business Opportunities
    The consumer-driven model of health care has been commonplace in the United States since the early 2000s. Rapidly picking up steam in the medical insurance marketplace since 2005, high-deductible policies, paired with a Health Savings Account (HAS) have become the norm. As a result of this, more Americans are paying the entire bill for much of their health care, that is, unless they meet their four-figure deductible. While lowering health care premiums for some,...
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  • What are the duties of the executor of an estate?
    Being chosen to be the executor of an estate in New Jersey is an honor, but it is also a role that carries with it many responsibilities. Probate and estate administration is governed by state law. However, in general, there are a number of duties the executor of an estate is obligated to fulfill. The executor must locate the assets of the deceased. Once located, the executor must make sure those assets are kept...
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  • Estate planning at 25? Why it is a good idea
    Most people do not think about estate planning in their 20s. Creating an estate plan seems like a task for far in the future, when you have more assets and are thinking about retiring. However, having an estate plan in place as early as possible is a good move for you and your family. If you do not have an estate plan, it is never too early to start creating one. If you have...
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MEET ATTORNEY MICHAEL D. RITIGSTEIN

Michael Ritigstein is a Founding Partner of the firm concentrating his efforts in supporting the firm's litigation, corporate and estate matters. Mr. Ritigstein graduated from the University of Delaware in 1996 and Seton Hall University School of Law in 2000. In 2007 he received a Masters of Law in Taxation with a concentration in Estate Planning, from Temple University's Beasley School of Law.

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