What Happens When Someone Dies Without A Will?

Why Do You Need A Will?

An up-to-date will is the legal instrument that will assure that your precise wishes for the distribution of your estate assets upon your death will be carried out. A will is of course important to have, but sometimes it is overlooked.

Many people think that when a person dies without a legal will, the assets go to the state of New Jersey. That is not true. Under New Jersey law, when a person dies without a will, all property goes to the surviving spouse and immediate family members. Probate courts must, however, often decide who will function as administrator and how specific assets will be distributed. Individuals who claim a legitimate right to the estate should enlist the services of a probate litigation attorney to argue for their financial interests.

Has a person in your family died without a will? Do you need to draft a will or change the conditions of an existing will or trust? We have been meeting the estate planning needs of individuals and families in Sussex County, Morris County and throughout northern New Jersey for more than 100 years.

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We invite you to get the facts about probate law and protecting your family's assets in probate court when no will is in place. Contact us online or call our Newton offices at 973-383-2700 to speak to a lawyer today. We offer a complete line of personalized services to meet your specific estate planning and probate needs.