Contrary to popular belief, it’s not only the very wealthy who can benefit from estate planning law or who might want to hire an estate planning attorney. If you want to ensure that your wishes are carried out after your death and that your heirs and beneficiaries are looked after in the way you intended, a good estate planning lawyer will bring you peace of mind. Here at the State Bar Attorneys Directory, we list thousands of estate planning law firms across the United States - all of which have been screened and verified for your security.

Tarta Law
700 Godwin Avenue
Suite 330
Midland Park, NJ 7432

Steven W. Tarta, Esq. brings more than 45 years of professional experience to his practice, with a sophisticated focus on Estate Tax Planning, Living Trusts and Elder Law. Tarta Law is limited to comprehensive estate planning and asset preservation. We offer world class expertise with a personal touch. Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Tarta Law
700 Godwin Avenue
Suite 330
Midland Park, NJ 7432

Steven W. Tarta, Esq. brings more than 45 years of professional experience to his practice, with a sophisticated focus on Estate Tax Planning, Living Trusts and Elder Law. Tarta Law is limited to comprehensive estate planning and asset preservation. We offer world class expertise with a personal touch. Unclaimed: Claim this business

Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys at Law
30 Columbia Turnpike
# 200
Florham Park, NJ 7932

Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys At Law, is a full service law firm based in Florham Park, New Jersey. Founded in 1998 by the father-daughter team of John M. Johnson and Sharon E. Johnson, we are well- known for our skill in handling estate law, family law, land use and zoning law, as well as mediation. We offer knowledgeable guidance by…

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Phone(973) 593-8000

Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys at Law
30 Columbia Turnpike
# 200
Florham Park, NJ 7932

Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys At Law, is a full service law firm based in Florham Park, New Jersey. Founded in 1998 by the father-daughter team of John M. Johnson and Sharon E. Johnson, we are well- known for our skill in handling estate law, family law, land use and zoning law, as well as mediation. We offer knowledgeable guidance by…

Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys at Law
30 Columbia Turnpike
# 200
Florham Park, NJ 7932

Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys At Law, is a full service law firm based in Florham Park, New Jersey. Founded in 1998 by the father-daughter team of John M. Johnson and Sharon E. Johnson, we are well- known for our skill in handling estate law, family law, land use and zoning law, as well as mediation. We offer knowledgeable guidance by…

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Phone(973) 593-8000

Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys at Law
30 Columbia Turnpike
# 200
Florham Park, NJ 7932

Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys At Law, is a full service law firm based in Florham Park, New Jersey. Founded in 1998 by the father-daughter team of John M. Johnson and Sharon E. Johnson, we are well- known for our skill in handling estate law, family law, land use and zoning law, as well as mediation. We offer knowledgeable guidance by…

Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys at Law
30 Columbia Turnpike
# 200
Florham Park, NJ 7932

Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys At Law, is a full service law firm based in Florham Park, New Jersey. Founded in 1998 by the father-daughter team of John M. Johnson and Sharon E. Johnson, we are well- known for our skill in handling estate law, family law, land use and zoning law, as well as mediation. We offer knowledgeable guidance by…

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Phone(973) 593-8000

Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys at Law
30 Columbia Turnpike
# 200
Florham Park, NJ 7932

Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys At Law, is a full service law firm based in Florham Park, New Jersey. Founded in 1998 by the father-daughter team of John M. Johnson and Sharon E. Johnson, we are well- known for our skill in handling estate law, family law, land use and zoning law, as well as mediation. We offer knowledgeable guidance by…

Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys at Law
30 Columbia Turnpike
# 200
Florham Park, NJ 7932

Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys At Law, is a full service law firm based in Florham Park, New Jersey. Founded in 1998 by the father-daughter team of John M. Johnson and Sharon E. Johnson, we are well- known for our skill in handling estate law, family law, land use and zoning law, as well as mediation. We offer knowledgeable guidance by…

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Phone(973) 593-8000

Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys at Law
30 Columbia Turnpike
# 200
Florham Park, NJ 7932

Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys At Law, is a full service law firm based in Florham Park, New Jersey. Founded in 1998 by the father-daughter team of John M. Johnson and Sharon E. Johnson, we are well- known for our skill in handling estate law, family law, land use and zoning law, as well as mediation. We offer knowledgeable guidance by…

Michael A. Manna & Associates
66 S Maple Ave
Ridgewood, NJ 7450

At the Bergen County Law Firm of Michael A. Manna & Associates, we help people plan for their futures, take care of their loved ones and deal successfully with the challenges of old age. Our estate planning and elder law solutions are personalized to meet the specific family and financial needs o...

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Phone(201) 447-2800

Michael A. Manna & Associates
66 S Maple Ave
Ridgewood, NJ 7450

At the Bergen County Law Firm of Michael A. Manna & Associates, we help people plan for their futures, take care of their loved ones and deal successfully with the challenges of old age. Our estate planning and elder law solutions are personalized to meet the specific family and financial needs o...

Mike Lubin Law
25 Main Street
Suite 104
Hackensack, NJ 7601

At Mike Lubin Law, attorney Mike Lubin has spent more than 40 years assisting those who find themselves in challenging legal circumstances. He has consistently provided exceptional representation that meets the highest legal and ethical standards. His contributions to his clients and the legal profession have been recognized numerous times, including being certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey…

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Phone(201) 525-0505

Mike Lubin Law
25 Main Street
Suite 104
Hackensack, NJ 7601

At Mike Lubin Law, attorney Mike Lubin has spent more than 40 years assisting those who find themselves in challenging legal circumstances. He has consistently provided exceptional representation that meets the highest legal and ethical standards. His contributions to his clients and the legal profession have been recognized numerous times, including being certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey…

Nesevich Law, LLC
212 Rte 38
#104
Moorestown, NJ 8057

At Nesevich Law, we take a comprehensive approach to estate planning. While we work to ensure that your assets pass to your loved ones in whatever way you wish, we also work to ensure that your assets are protected and your wishes are met in the event of your incapacity or disability. Estate Planning is about protecting you, your family,…

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Phone(856) 439-6223

Nesevich Law, LLC
212 Rte 38
#104
Moorestown, NJ 8057

At Nesevich Law, we take a comprehensive approach to estate planning. While we work to ensure that your assets pass to your loved ones in whatever way you wish, we also work to ensure that your assets are protected and your wishes are met in the event of your incapacity or disability. Estate Planning is about protecting you, your family,…

Vizzoni Law Firm, L.L.C.
1256 Route 202/206 North
Bridgewater, NJ 8807

The Bridgewater, Somerset County, New Jersey Vizzoni Law Firm, L.L.C., formerly Vizzoni & Costello, L.L.C., was co-founded on January 1, 2000, by Anthony M. Vizzoni, Esq. The firm's area of practice and expertise is focused on Estate Planning, Estate, Gift and Generation Skipping Transfer Tax Law Planning, Probate and Estate Administration, Asset Protection Planning and Elder Law Planning.

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Phone(908) 304-0499

Vizzoni Law Firm, L.L.C.
1256 Route 202/206 North
Bridgewater, NJ 8807

The Bridgewater, Somerset County, New Jersey Vizzoni Law Firm, L.L.C., formerly Vizzoni & Costello, L.L.C., was co-founded on January 1, 2000, by Anthony M. Vizzoni, Esq. The firm's area of practice and expertise is focused on Estate Planning, Estate, Gift and Generation Skipping Transfer Tax Law Planning, Probate and Estate Administration, Asset Protection Planning and Elder Law Planning.

Whitlock Canter LLC
80 NJ-4
Suite 170
Paramus, NJ 7652

If you have estate planning or estate administration needs, the skilled attorneys at Whitlock Canter, LLC can help. We always inform clients of the anticipated costs before legal services are rendered, and our fees are at or below the average charged by attorneys of similar experience in Bergen County.

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Phone(201) 655-7160

Whitlock Canter LLC
80 NJ-4
Suite 170
Paramus, NJ 7652

If you have estate planning or estate administration needs, the skilled attorneys at Whitlock Canter, LLC can help. We always inform clients of the anticipated costs before legal services are rendered, and our fees are at or below the average charged by attorneys of similar experience in Bergen County.

Archer
1025 Laurel Oak Road
Voorhees, NJ 08043

Archer is a full service, regional law firm with a reputation for providing the highest quality, result-driven legal services to corporate and individual clients. One of the largest law firms in the Delaware Valley and among the five largest in New Jersey, Archer serves businesses and individuals throughout the region and in an increasing number of other states and jurisdictions.…

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Phone(856) 795-2121

Archer
1025 Laurel Oak Road
Voorhees, NJ 08043

Archer is a full service, regional law firm with a reputation for providing the highest quality, result-driven legal services to corporate and individual clients. One of the largest law firms in the Delaware Valley and among the five largest in New Jersey, Archer serves businesses and individuals throughout the region and in an increasing number of other states and jurisdictions.…

J. Jeffrey Press, PA
80 Main St
Suite 430
West Orange, NJ 7052

J. Jeffrey Press, a practicing attorney in West Orange, NJ, with more than thirty years experience, provides estate planning, trust planning, estate administration, estate and gift tax and estate and trust litigation services to clients in Essex, Morris, Passaic and Somerset Counties and throughout northern and central New Jersey. Mr. Press endeavors to provide quality legal services and individual attention…

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Phone(973) 324-5757

J. Jeffrey Press, PA
80 Main St
Suite 430
West Orange, NJ 7052

J. Jeffrey Press, a practicing attorney in West Orange, NJ, with more than thirty years experience, provides estate planning, trust planning, estate administration, estate and gift tax and estate and trust litigation services to clients in Essex, Morris, Passaic and Somerset Counties and throughout northern and central New Jersey. Mr. Press endeavors to provide quality legal services and individual attention…

Levine DeSantis, LLC
530 Morris Ave
#300
Springfield Township, NJ 7081

Levine DeSantis, LLC

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Phone(973) 376-9050

Levine DeSantis, LLC
530 Morris Ave
#300
Springfield Township, NJ 7081

Levine DeSantis, LLC

Levine, Furman & Rubin, LLC
3 Brier Hill Ct F
F-3
East Brunswick, NJ 8816

Levine, Furman & Rubin, LLC

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Phone(732) 238-6000

Levine, Furman & Rubin, LLC
3 Brier Hill Ct F
F-3
East Brunswick, NJ 8816

Levine, Furman & Rubin, LLC

Medina Law Group, LLC
65 S Main St
Suite B106
Pennington, NJ 8534

Medina Law Group is a boutique estate planning, elder law, and probate/estate administration law firm. We focus our skills and talents serving private clients with unparalleled service and access. We believe that the practice of estates or elder law is not simply a matter of reducing taxes, accurately filling out complicated legal forms, or providing cookie-cutter solutions to every problem.…

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Phone(609) 818-0068

Medina Law Group, LLC
65 S Main St
Suite B106
Pennington, NJ 8534

Medina Law Group is a boutique estate planning, elder law, and probate/estate administration law firm. We focus our skills and talents serving private clients with unparalleled service and access. We believe that the practice of estates or elder law is not simply a matter of reducing taxes, accurately filling out complicated legal forms, or providing cookie-cutter solutions to every problem.…

Offices of Jeff Vandrew Jr, Attorney-CPA
1410 Hooper Ave
Floor 2
Toms River, NJ 8753

Offices of Jeff Vandrew Jr, Attorney-CPA

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Phone(732) 703-7309

Offices of Jeff Vandrew Jr, Attorney-CPA
1410 Hooper Ave
Floor 2
Toms River, NJ 8753

Offices of Jeff Vandrew Jr, Attorney-CPA

Parsons & Nardelli, Attorneys at Law
151 Bodman Pl
#302
Red Bank, NJ 7701

The New Jersey probate attorney at the law firm of Parsons & Nardelli located in Red Bank offers legal representation for clients involved in wills, estate planning, probate litigation, probate administration, general practice, business law, real estate, living wills, and estate administration cases. Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Phone(732) 842-6400

Parsons & Nardelli, Attorneys at Law
151 Bodman Pl
#302
Red Bank, NJ 7701

The New Jersey probate attorney at the law firm of Parsons & Nardelli located in Red Bank offers legal representation for clients involved in wills, estate planning, probate litigation, probate administration, general practice, business law, real estate, living wills, and estate administration cases. Unclaimed: Claim this business

Ritigstein Law
132 Kings Hwy E
Suite 105
Haddonfield, NJ 8033

Ritigstein Law

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Phone(856) 427-4222

Ritigstein Law
132 Kings Hwy E
Suite 105
Haddonfield, NJ 8033

Ritigstein Law

Ritigstein Law
132 Kings Hwy E
Suite 105
Haddonfield, NJ 8033

Ritigstein Law

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Phone(856) 427-4222

Ritigstein Law
132 Kings Hwy E
Suite 105
Haddonfield, NJ 8033

Ritigstein Law

Rothamel Bratton LLC
850 Bear Tavern Rd
Suite # 308
West Trenton, NJ 8628

When it comes to real estate law in Mercer County, experience makes a real difference. John D. Rothamel has been widely recognized for his years of providing expert representation to clients in all types of real estate transactions. He was named "Top Attorney" by his fellow lawyers for the years 2009 through 2013, "Awesome Attorney for Real Estate" in 2008…

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Phone(609) 219-1680

Rothamel Bratton LLC
850 Bear Tavern Rd
Suite # 308
West Trenton, NJ 8628

When it comes to real estate law in Mercer County, experience makes a real difference. John D. Rothamel has been widely recognized for his years of providing expert representation to clients in all types of real estate transactions. He was named "Top Attorney" by his fellow lawyers for the years 2009 through 2013, "Awesome Attorney for Real Estate" in 2008…

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What is Estate Planning Law?

Your estate is the legal term for your property (real estate), money, and personal belongings at death. Estate planning law is concerned with the proper and legal transfer of your estate in accordance with the law and with your wishes. 

What Does an Estate Planning Lawyer Do?

 

An estate planning lawyer will arrange first of all for your estate to be valued. This involves establishing the total value of everything including your property, your money including shares, investments, and savings, your possessions, including cars and jewelry, and any business interests you may have.

 

Having valued your estate, your estate planning attorney will work to establish your wishes on how those assets should be transferred after your death. They will facilitate all the required legal documents such as your will - including a living will where required. If you wish, they can also set up trusts to manage assets on behalf of one or more beneficiaries. If you have underage children, an estate planning lawyer will also handle your wishes for guardianship of your children should they be left with no surviving parent. A good estate planning attorney will also work to maximize the assets that can be passed to your beneficiaries by minimizing your tax burden. They can also help you to set up power of attorney should you lose your capacity to make decisions prior to your death, and they can assist with business succession planning too.

 

How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Estate Planning Attorney?

 

The cost to hire the best estate planning lawyer for your needs will depend on the complexity of your estate and what exactly you are hoping to achieve.

 

If your affairs are relatively straightforward, you can use an estate planning attorney charging a flat fee for drawing up certain documents such as a will, a guardianship document, and power of attorney for financial and healthcare decisions.

 

If your affairs are more complex or your estate is of a high value, your estate planning lawyer will probably charge an hourly fee, which will typically range from $250-350 per hour. 

 

Undoubtedly skilled estate planning can be expensive in complex situations, but the money you spend on a good estate planning attorney will be worth it to have your legacy protected.

 

Tips for Hiring an Estate Planning Lawyer

 

Nobody likes to think about their own death, but It will save time and money if you are very clear about your wishes before you hire an estate planning attorney.

 

Before choosing a lawyer, take some time to consider exactly how you want your assets to be transferred, who your beneficiaries will be, and what other wishes you would want to see carried out after your death.

 

Once your wishes are clear in your mind, a personal recommendation is always a good way to choose an estate planning law firm. 

 

However, another good option is to use a specialist attorney directory like our State Bar Attorney Directory.

 

We list thousands of respected estate planning attorneys across the United States, and we make it easy for you to search for an estate planning law firm near you. Because you can also read reviews right here within the directory, it’s easy to narrow down the most trusted estate planning lawyers in your area.

 

It’s advisable to speak to several estate planning law firms before you make your final choice - and always get written confirmation of the expected fees and charging structure before your attorney starts work.

 

FAQ on Hiring an Estate Planning Lawyer

 

1 - Do I really need an estate planning attorney? Can’t I just write my will myself?

 

Yes, of course, you can if you wish. You can buy ready-made will templates to help you with this and if your affairs are very straightforward, this may be sufficient.

 

However, if you have young children or difficult family dynamics, or if you have business interests or multiple properties, you should consult an estate planning attorney at least in the first instance. They will advise you on how they could help, and you can then make an informed decision on whether or not to hire an estate planning lawyer.

 

The other problem with doing without an estate planning attorney is that people often just don’t get round to writing a will themselves, because, let’s face it, it’s not a fun activity, and one that we try to avoid thinking about.

 

If you die intestate - without a will - your property and assets will still be distributed to your next of kin, but this process will follow standard rules which may or may not match what you would have 

 

liked to see happen. By hiring an estate planning attorney now, you can have peace of mind for the future.

 

2 - What is power of attorney and why do I need to set it up?

 

Power of attorney is a complex area of law, but setting up power of attorney can bring great peace of mind and it is often part of the estate planning process.

 

Essentially power of attorney is a legal document in which you invest someone else (the agent) with the power to make certain decisions on your behalf should you be unable to make those decisions yourself. 

 

Typically, you might grant someone you trust, often a relative, power of attorney to make financial decisions on your behalf, and/or to make medical decisions and decisions about your care, should you become incapacitated for whatever reason.

 

A good estate planning attorney will explain the various power of attorney options to you and will set them up as required. Although you don’t have to have this safeguard in place, it does bring peace of mind that should you develop advanced dementia, for example, someone you trust will be able to take care of your interests. 

 

3 - What is a Living Will and do I need one?

 

A Living Will is a document created while you are of sound mind setting out exactly what you wish to happen to you should you be medically incapacitated or nearing the end of life. For example, it may specify the circumstances under which you would or would not wish to be resuscitated and circumstances in which you would or would not wish to receive life-sustaining treatment. It can also cover issues such as tube feeding, mechanical ventilation, and organ donation.

 

A Living Will differs from power of attorney because it directly expresses your wishes, rather than delegating those decisions to your agent.

 

Setting up a living will is a profound experience and you should consult an estate planning attorney to help guide you through the process. An estate planning lawyer will also advise you on the differences between a living will and power of attorney, and which option might be best for you.

 

You do not have to create a Living Will, but doing so would relieve the pressure on your family members should the worst happen, as they would not have to guess - and potentially disagree with one another - about what you might have wanted.

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