In a Will Contest Do the Witnesses to the Maker’s Signature Have to Read the Document First? (Part 3 of a 3 Part Series)

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold, NJ Probate & Estate Administration Attorney The court acknowledged the possibility that “one or more papers of the will might be removed and another substituted,” but concluded that this possibility “is not sufficient to justify denying admission of a will to probate.” Just […]

The Nursing Home Discharge Process in New Jersey

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. a New Jersey Nursing Home Discharge Attorney Under state law, a nursing home must give a patient at least 30 days notice prior to a proposed discharge. Additionally, a nursing home must provide a substantial and lawful reason for discharging the patient. They must also ensure that the patient has […]

The New Jersey Medicaid Application Process:  It’s Tough!

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. a New Jersey Medicaid Application Attorney The Medicaid application process differs state to state. In New Jersey, the county Medicaid office is generally available to answer questions about, qualifying for Medicaid, as well as the ins and outs of the application process.  But good luck getting a live person or […]

In a Will Contest Do the Witnesses to the Maker’s Signature Have to Read the Document First? (Part 2 of a 3 Part Series)

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold, NJ Probate & Estate Administration Attorney The Will was deemed properly authenticated and admitted to probate. Appellant argued that the trial court erred by failing to require the proponent of the Will, to authenticate all three pages of the Will. He noted that […]

Funding a Special Needs Trust in New Jersey

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. a New Jersey Special Needs Trust Attorney If you are contemplating the creation of a Special Needs Trust, it is likely that a number of issues will arise with respect to how much money to fund the trust. First, how much money will your child with special needs require over […]

What Is a Representative Payee Under Social Security

By Frederick P. Niemann of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a NJ Elder Law Attorney More than eight Million People, who get monthly Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, need help managing their money. In these cases, Social Security will approve the appointment of a relative, friend, or other interested party to serve as […]

Who Has Legal Priority to Be Appointed as Administrator of an Estate in New Jersey, a Same Sex Partner or a Biological Parent?

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold, NJ Estate Probate Administration Attorney Our office received an interesting new case involving the administration of an estate.  Here, the decedent who was middle-aged, died without a will.  She was not married and had no children but apparently lived in a quasi-domestic partnership […]