Estate Planning in New Jersey with Premarital Agreements Involving Second Marriages and Death

HNW Elder Law, Estate Administration and Probate, Estate Planning

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq., a New Jersey Estate Planning Lawyer

New Jersey law allows a waiver of right to inherit an estate of a deceased spouse.  A widow’s premarital waiver of an elective share to the Estate of her late husband will however be voided after lawsuits are filed when the underlying premarital contract is found unenforceable.

Often there are conflicts between a step-parent and the children of the deceased parent.  The issues involve the enforceability of the steps-parents’ rights to inherit a portion of his/her late husband’s estate, even though she had waived her rights to the estate before marriage.

Under New Jersey Law, because of the requirements of N.J.S.A. 3B:8-10 and N.J.S.A. 37:2-30, if a premarital agreement cannot be enforced then a waiver of rights is unenforceable.

Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann, a central New Jersey law firm commented that a married person needs to exercise extreme caution and adherence to both form and substance who contemplate second and/or successive marriages and who want to protect their estate for the benefit of their children.  Mr. Niemann cautions that without a carefully prepared pre-marital agreement, “Older, financially successful men and women must be aware of the significant, almost enormous risks to them should the marriage fail.  By consulting with a qualified New Jersey Estate Planning attorney, the individual can take meaningful steps to protect their life’s savings for the benefit of all who are intended to receive it.”

If you have any questions regarding Premarital Agreements and New Jersey Estate Planning, contact Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. toll-free at (888) 800-7442 or e-mail him at  He will be happy to assist you.

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