Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, P.C.
2053 Woodbridge Ave.
Edison, NJ 08817
(732) 572-0500
www.njlaws.com

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Wills and Power of Attorney available for members of Hyatt Legal Plan


 Wills and Power of Attorney available for members of Hyatt Legal Plan

The Law Office of Kenneth Vercammen was selected to serve as a New Jersey Access Attorney for Hyatt Legal Plan and several other major national legal service plans. We prepare Wills, Powers of Attorney and Living Wills for members.

Why a Will is essential to persons with children or who own property
          
         If you leave no Will or your Will is declared invalid because it was improperly prepared or is not admissible to probate:

* State law determines who gets assets, not you
* Additional expenses will be incurred and extra work will be required to qualify an administrator-Surety Bond, additional costs and legal fees
* Judge determines who gets custody of your children
* Possible additional State inheritance taxes and Federal estate taxes
*  If you have no spouse or close relatives the State may take your property
* The procedure to distribute assets becomes more complicated
*  It may also cause fights and lawsuits within your family
         When loved ones are grieving and dealing with death, they shouldn’t be overwhelmed with financial concerns. 

         Who don’t you want to receive your assets?

         Who is not the best choice to raise your children, or safeguard your children's money for college?   Do you want children, or grandchildren, to get money when they turn 18?  Will they invest money wisely, or go to Seaside and play games?


What Hyatt members can do to get started…

Hyatt members should call Hyatt legal at 800.821.6400 to obtain an authorization numbers for each Will, Power of Attorney, Codicil and Living Will you want.
Members can also obtain authorization numbers online at https://members.legalplans.com/Home/

You can always call Hyatt Legal Plans Monday through Thursday 8-7 and Friday 8-6 Eastern Time for assistance and information about your legal plan.

       After obtaining an authorization number, call Kenneth Vercammen’s Law Office for a free confidential consultation and preparation of Wills and estate planning documents- all free to Hyatt members
A Will must not only be prepared within the legal requirements of the New Jersey Statutes but should also be prepared so it leaves no questions regarding your intentions.

WHY PERIODIC  REVIEW IS ESSENTIAL
        
         Even if you have an existing  Will, there are many events that occur which may necessitate changes in your Will.  Some of these are:
    
* Marriage, death, birth, divorce or separation affecting either you or  anyone named in your Will

* Significant changes in the value of your total assets or in any particular assets, which you own
    
* A change in your domicile
    
* Death or incapacity of a beneficiary, or death, incapacity or change in residence of a named executor, trustee or guardian of infants, or of one of the witnesses to the execution of the Will

* Annual changes in tax law

* Changes in who you like

If you have a current Will, can you change it the next year?
        
         Yes.  A Will may be modified, added to, or entirely changed at any time before your death provided you are mentally and physically competent and desire to change your Will.  You should consider revising your Will whenever there are changes in the size of your estate. For example, when your children are young, you may think it best to have a trust for them so they do not come into absolute ownership of  property until they are mature.  Beware, if you draw lines through items, erase or write over, or add notations to the original Will, it can be destroyed as a legal document.  Either a new Will should be legally prepared or a codicil signed to legally change  portions of the Will.

         THE FOLLOWING IS A SAMPLE OF A VARIETY OF CLAUSES AND ITEMS WHICH  KENNETH VERCAMMEN’S LAW OFFICE OFTEN INCLUDES IN A WILL

1ST:  DEBTS AND TAXES
2ND: SPECIFIC BEQUESTS
3RD:  DISPOSITION TO SPOUSE
4TH: DISPOSITION OF REMAINDER OF ESTATE
5TH: CREATION OF TRUSTS FOR SPOUSE
6TH: CREATION OF TRUST FOR CHILDREN
7TH: OTHER BENEFICIARIES UNDER 21
8TH: EXECUTORS
9TH: TRUSTEES
10TH: GUARDIANS
11TH: SURETY OR BOND
12TH: POWERS
13TH: AFTERBORN CHILDREN
14TH: PRINCIPAL AND INCOME
15TH: NO ASSIGNMENT OF BEQUESTS
16TH: GENDER
17TH: CONSTRUCTION OF WILL
18TH:  NO CONTEST CLAUSE
      
Kenneth A. Vercammen is an Edison, Middlesex County, NJ trial attorney who has published125 articles in national and New Jersey publications. He is co-chair of the Probate & Estate Planning Committee of the American Bar Association, Solo Division. He often lectures to trial lawyers of the American Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association and Middlesex County Bar Association. 
He is a highly regarded lecturer on litigation issues for the American Bar Association, ICLE, New Jersey State Bar Association and Middlesex County Bar Association. New Jersey Law Journal, ABA Law Practice Management Magazine, and New Jersey Lawyer have published his articles.  He is the Editor in Chief of the New Jersey Municipal Court Law Review. Mr. Vercammen is a recipient of the NJSBA- YLD Service to the Bar Award.
In his private practice, he has devoted a substantial portion of his professional time to the preparation and trial of litigated matters.  He has appeared in Courts throughout New Jersey several times each week on Criminal personal injury matters, Municipal Court trials, and contested Probate hearings.  He serves as the Editor of the popular legal website www.njlaws.com
KENNETH VERCAMMEN & ASSOCIATES
ATTORNEY AT LAW
2053 Woodbridge Ave.
 Edison, NJ 08817
(Phone) 732-572-0500
(Fax) 732-572-0030
website: www.njlaws.com




Thursday, October 5, 2017

Woodbridge Library Wills, Estate Planning & Probate Seminar November 20

Woodbridge Library
Wills, Estate Planning & Probate Seminar
November 20 at 7pm
  Woodbridge Public Library
1 George Frederick Plaza
Woodbridge NJ 07095 
       WILLS & ESTATE ADMINISTRATION-PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND MAKE PLANNING EASY
     SPEAKER: Kenneth Vercammen, Esq. Edison, NJ (Author- Wills and Estate Administration by the ABA)
     Main Topics:
 1. 2017 changes to NJ Estate Tax & changes to taxes on pensions
2. Updates in Federal Estate and Gift Tax 
3. The New Probate Law and preparation of Wills   
4. Why a new Power of Attorney is important 
5.  Living Wills             
6.  Administering the Estate/ Probate/Surrogate   
COMPLIMENTARY MATERIAL: Brochures on Wills, "Answers to Questions about Probate" and Administration of an Estate, Power of
Attorney, Living Wills, Real Estate Sales for Seniors, and Trusts.
     Woodbridge Public Library 732-634-4450
1 George Frederick Plaza
Woodbridge NJ 07095 

    Free Will Seminars and Speakers Bureau for Groups
       
        10 years ago the AARP Network Attorneys of the Edison/Metuchen/Woodbridge area several years ago established a community Speakers Bureau to provide educational programs to AARP and senior clubs, Unions and Middlesex County companies. Now, Ken Vercammen, Esq. and volunteer attorneys of the Middlesex County Estate Planning Council have provided Legal Rights Seminars to hundreds of seniors, business owners and their employees, unions, clubs and non-profit groups. For additional information on the Legal Seminars, contact our Coordinator, Kenneth Vercammen's law office at (732) 572-0500, email VercammenLaw@njlaws.com 
Details on free programs available

These quality daytime educational programs will educate and even entertain. Clubs and companies are invited to schedule a free seminar. The following Seminars are now available:
1. WILLS & ESTATE ADMINISTRATION-PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND
MAKE PLANNING EASY
2. POWER OF ATTORNEY to permit family to pay your bills if you are temporarily disabled and permit doctors to talk with family
       All instructors are licensed attorneys who have been in practice at least 25 years. All instructors are members of the American Bar Association, New Jersey
State Bar Association, and Middlesex County Bar Association. All programs include free written materials.

       You don't have to be wealthy or near death to do some thinking about a Will. Here is your opportunity to listen to an experienced attorney who will discuss how to distribute your property as you wish and avoid many rigid provisions of state law.

      Topics discussed include: Who needs a Will?; What if you die without a Will (intestacy)?; Mechanics of a Will; "Living Will"; Powers of Attorney; Selecting an executor, trustee, and guardian; Proper Will execution; Inheritance Taxes, Estate Taxes  14,000 annual gift tax exclusion,  Bequests to charity, Why you need a "Self-Proving" Will and  Estate Administration/ Probate.

       Sample materials: Hand-outs on Wills, Living Wills/Medical Advance Directive, Power of Attorney, Probate and Administration of an Estate, Real Estate, Working with your Attorney, Consumers Guide to New Jersey Laws, and Senior Citizen Rights.

SPEAKERS BUREAU

        At the request of senior citizen groups, unions, and Middlesex County companies and organizations, the " Speakers Bureau " is a service designed to educate citizens about how laws affect their lives and how the judicial system operates. We have attorneys available to speak to businesspersons, educational, civic and social organizations on a wide range of topics during business hours.

In today's complex world, few people can function successfully and safely without competent legal advice. In order to insure your estate plans are legally set up, you need to know exactly where you stand so that you can avoid possibly catastrophic mistakes impacting both you and your family.

About the speaker: Kenneth A. Vercammen is a trial attorney in Edison, NJ. We is the author of the American Bar Association’s book “Wills and Estate Administration”
He is co-chair of the ABA Probate & Estate Planning Law Committee of the American Bar Association Solo Small Firm Division.  He is a speaker for the NJ State Bar Association at the annual Nuts & Bolts of Elder Law & Estate Administration program.
He was Editor of the ABA Estate Planning Probate Committee Newsletter. Mr. Vercammen has published over 150 legal articles in national and New Jersey publications on litigation, elder law, probate and trial topics. He is a highly regarded lecturer on litigation and probate law for the American Bar Association, NJ ICLE, New Jersey State Bar Association and Middlesex County Bar Association. His articles have been published in noted publications included New Jersey Law Journal, ABA Law Practice Management Magazine, and New Jersey Lawyer. He established the NJlaws website www.njlaws.com which includes many articles on Estate Planning, Probate and Wills. He is a member of the AARP and often lectures to groups on the importance of an up to date Will, Power of Attorney and Living Will.
 KENNETH  VERCAMMEN & ASSOCIATES, PC
ATTORNEY AT LAW
2053 Woodbridge Ave.
Edison, NJ 08817
(Phone) 732-572-0500
 (Fax)    732-572-0030
www.njlaws.com


Monday, October 2, 2017

ABA Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Committee Fall 2017

ABA Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Committee Fall 2017
2017–2018 COUNCIL AGENDA REPORT FORM

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Division Number and Name: Division 3: Practice Specialty


Division Director Name: Daniel Tann

Reporting Board or Committee: ABA Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Committee


Completed By: Kenneth Vercammen Co-Chair, Edison, NJ

1.   What has your board or committee done since its last report (e.g., conference call, meetings, use of discussion lists, planning for CLE programs, publications and articles, collaboration with other boards, committees, or sections)?
-       Sent email to members with copy of 2017-18 Business plan
-       Scheduled meeting for Friday, October 20 GPSolo 3:00pm- 4:00 Seminar and roundtable at the St. Paul Hotel
-       Held Committee Meeting at New York Annual meeting on Friday August 11
-       -Helped publicize Solo Division’s book “Wills and Estate Administration Practice” approx 240 pages to help raise revenue for section- Sale of book reported to be good
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2.   What is the status of your board or committee’s business plan for the year (e.g., participation of board or committee members, goals achieved, and new goals)?
-       Submitted program form to Group Legal for New Orleans meeting 2018
-       Offered to do program if there is a Solo day in Chicago 2018
-       Will Participate in quarterly ABA Commission on Law and Aging networking call next Oct 9  

3.   Does your board or committee need any assistance from the Director, Staff, Division Officers, or Council? If yes, please explain:

Yes We need help setting up programs and meetings.
-The Committee anticipates guidance, support and/or involvement from our Division Director regarding publicizing the Wills and Estate Administration book




ACTION ITEMS
List any action items to be presented to Council. These are items that require discussion, reporting, and/or decision-making on the part of the Council (e.g. a request for support of matters appearing before the House of Delegates, revisions of Division policies, and requests for use of extraordinary Division resources).

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
List any informational items to be represented to Council. These items are matters for the Council’s information and do not require action.
ABA Estate Planning, Probate and Trust and Elder Law Joint Committee Meeting Friday, October 20 GPSolo 3:00pm- 4:00 Seminar and roundtable Free to attendees at the St. Paul Hotel

    Ideas to be discussed:
- BUILDING THE MILLION DOLLAR ESTATE PLANNING PRACTICE
    
Ethically Building Your Practice using free and low-cost online methods
1.     Website specific http://www.njwillsprobatelaw.com
2.     Blog https://njprobate.blogspot.com [no comments permitted]
3.     Facebook Law Office
4.     LinkedIn- post articles, events
5.     Google+ aka Google Plus
6.     Twitter
7.     YouTube
8.     Avvo Legal rating
9.     JD Supra
10.  Justia Lawyer Directory:
11.  Yelp for Business Owners
12.       Marketing Your Wills & Estate Administration Practice
13.       Happy Hour networking party for professionals such as Accountants, CPA’s, Financial Planners plus clients and friends.
14.       Wills and Power of Attorney for AARP members Seminar                            
15.       Brochures to Bring to Wills and Elder Law Program
16.       WILLS AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION SEMINAR EVALUATION                  
17.        
18.       Calling to Invite Clients to Events and Annual Will Seminar www.facebook.com/events/1114988428957