Probate & Estate Planning

The idea of doing Estate Planning can seem depressing, and thinking about it can be daunting. Who really knows anything about estate planning (other than lawyers and  experts)? As with many things, however, confronting those unpleasant feelings can be empowering. While Estate Planning can get complex, there are some simple things you can do and some simple things you should not do that will give you some control over the unknown and peace of mind…
Archer Partner Steven K. Mignogna has been appointed Chair of the Fiduciary Litigation Committee of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Steve will serve a one-year term beginning in March. ACTEC Committee Chairs traditionally serve for three consecutive terms. Steve serves as the Chair of Archer’s Estate and Trust Litigation Practice Group and focuses his practice on commercial litigation, with a concentration on probate matters, estates, fiduciaries, guardianships and real estate. Steve…
In re Estate of Blair, No. A-1394-19, 2021 WL 1424066 (N.J. Super. App. Div. Apr. 15, 2021). This appeal addressed the courts’ ability to limit ongoing filings by a pro se petitioner involving the estate of her aunt.  Eventually the trial court precluded the party from filing additional pleadings against the estate, its beneficiaries, and its attorneys, without first obtaining leave from the court. Three prior appeals had already been filed the petitioner.  The dispute…
Guardianship Rule Amendments: R. 4:86-2(b); R. 4:86-4; R. 4:86-6 The New Jersey guardianship Court Rules have been amended to establish a policy for background screenings of certain proposed guardians of incapacitated persons.  The amendments are effective as of May 15, 2021, and are summarized as follows. R. 4:86-2(b) has been amended to require the petitioner to annex to the complaint an affidavit or certification setting forth the criminal and civil judgment history of the proposed…