• Adding a guardian to your estate plan
    When many people think about estate planning, they focus on money and assets. They think it is all about who gets what after they pass. However, a full estate plan includes much more, like powers of attorney, trusts, medical proxies, guardians, etc. And, for parents, your guardian designation can be one of your most important decisions. Who cares for your children? If you pass, who will care for your children? If you and your spouse...
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  • How do I start estate planning in New Jersey?
    No matter what your age and no matter where you are in your life, having an estate plan is important and necessary. The fact is that everyone has assets and a legacy that they wish to pass down to someone who is near and dear to their heart. No matter how large your estate is, it should be your decision where you want your assets to go so that your legacy is preserved and so...
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  • What options should I consider as I try to finance my business?
    Even the best business ideas will be limited in their reach if there is not adequate financing. In New Jersey, every business must have some form of capital to either get off the ground or to grow once it is in operation. This is a frequent obstacle that prevents prospective business owners from moving forward. It is relatively easy to look up the possible options to accrue money for a business, but it is vital...
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  • Tips for business succession planning
    Business founders and owners are like the rest of us and do not work forever. Businesses, especially smaller businesses, should plan and prepare for future leadership. Succession planning is important to assure that the business evolves, stays relevant and competitive, meets the demand of its customers and complies with small business law requirements. Start now Begin planning now. Even if your business is a new venture, incorporate succession into your business planning. Have a long-term...
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  • Estate planning with children: More considerations
    For readers of this legal blog, you know that we commonly post on estate planning topics. And, in a recent legal blog post, we discussed the topic of estate planning with children. In that post, we discussed guardians for your minor children and the considerations you need to make for minor, adult and disabled children. In this blog post, we will discuss some additional considerations for estate planning with children. Life insurance Life insurance can...
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  • Small businesses need a continuity plan
    According to researchers, 90% of small businesses that undergo a disaster and do not reopen within five days go out of business forever within one year. Natural disasters, health emergencies and cybersecurity threats to small businesses underline the need for continuity planning. Business continuity plan A business continuity plan contains procedures and instructions the business should follow in different types of disasters to keep it in operation. The top priorities are employee, client, and independent...
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  • New Jersey requirements for a will
    When you die, you can’t take any of your possessions with you, which means that you need to arrange to will them to people who are close to you. These possessions include personal property (such as cars, clothing, jewelry, etc.) and real estate properties. If you plan ahead, you will be able to ensure that those people whom you wish to inherit assets from you actually receive them. In most states, a person’s assets are...
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  • Six issues to consider before signing a franchise agreement
    Buying into a franchise can be a great way to satisfy your entrepreneurial streak. It can give you the well-established brand that you need to make a splash in the community while also providing you with the training, resources and equipment that you need to set yourself up for success. However, as you prepare to embark on your franchising journey, you need to be aware of some of the common issues that franchisees see, which...
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  • What is an irrevocable trust?
    If you are estate planning in our state, you know that there are various options and choices to make. One of the most important considerations is how to help your beneficiaries with probate or avoid it entirely, and how to manage your assets. One of the choices New Jersey residents have is to create a trust. The most powerful type of trust is known as an irrevocable trust. What are irrevocable trusts? As with other...
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  • How do parents estate plan?
    If you are a parent, you know that you should have an estate plan. Your minor children would be helpless if you and your spouse pass, which is why estate planning becomes urgent once you see that extra line on the pregnancy test. However, many Haddonfield, New Jersey, parents struggle with what is needed. What you need depends on them Before beginning your estate planning journey, think about your goals. For minor children, your goals...
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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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