Estate Planning & Estate Administration Practice

Attorneys Dedicated to Protecting Your Family's Future

Planning for the future often involves saving money to fulfill short-term goals a buying a new car, making a mortgage payment or starting a new business. However, many people fail to plan for an event that can render all of these goals meaningless death. If you die without having planned out how your assets will be distributed, it can cause serious problems for your family's finances and stability.

At Gertner Mandel LLC, our attorneys help clients address these sensitive topics and develop plans for the distribution of their property upon death. They rely on more than 100 years of combined experience to provide clients with knowledgeable advice and guidance in estate planning, administration and probate matters. Whether you need assistance with drafting a trust or litigating a will contest, you can rest assured that our attorneys have the knowledge and skill to protect your assets and provide a stable future for your family.

Experienced New Jersey estate planning attorneys

Our firm handles a wide variety of estate planning matters for clients throughout Ocean and Monmouth counties. Our lawyers have extensive experience drafting, reviewing and executing the following:

  • Wills
  • Revocable trusts
  • Irrevocable trusts
  • Special needs trusts
  • Advance medical directives
  • Powers of attorney

Our lawyers work closely with clients to determine how to best incorporate their personal wishes into their estate plan. To do so, they thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets and minimizing tax consequences. They also ensure that your loved ones are protected by establishing guardianship arrangements for your children and setting aside money in trusts for their education. No matter what level of income you earn, our attorneys can help you develop a plan that works for you and your family.

Estate planning also entails a fair amount of business planning as well. There are often tough questions that arise during client consultations that people often are not prepared to answer. For example, if you are partners with someone in a business venture, would you want your wife or husband to carry on the business with that partner? Our attorneys are well versed in business and tax law, and they have the experience and knowledge to help our clients determine the answer to this question, and many others that may concern your business.

Probate and estate administration attorneys

Gertner Mandel LLC also offers assistance to clients in estate administration and probate matters across New Jersey. When a person dies without a will in place, their assets enter into probate. In probate, the deceased personal debts are paid and any remaining assets are then distributed to their relatives and descendants. Estate administration includes the probate process as well as any non-probate transfers of the deceased's assets, such as:

  • Annuities
  • Assets held in trusts
  • Estate taxes
  • Life insurance
  • Pensions
  • Qualified retirement plans

Our attorneys assist executors through all steps of the process, including filing wills in court, valuating the estate and setting up instruments to ensure future financial stability. Our lawyers also have extensive experience litigating probate disputes. They have helped many clients defend valid wills against improper assertions brought by fellow beneficiaries, as well as challenge wills whose validity is questionable.

Knowledge. Integrity. Results.

If you need an experienced attorney to handle your case, call Gertner Mandel LLC today at 732.363.3333 or feel free to contact the firm online to schedule an initial consultation. Our offices are centrally located in Jackson, New Jersey, on East Veterans Highway, only minutes from the Ocean and Monmouth County Superior Courts, as well as the New Jersey Federal Courthouses in Trenton, Camden and Newark. For the convenience of our clients, we also maintain a satellite office (by appointment only) in Wall Township, just off the Garden State Parkway. Our firm represents clients throughout the United States, focusing its efforts in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.