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

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Estate Planning and changes to laws in 2017 April 5, 201

April 5, 2017 at 7pm 
St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus Council #6424
One Frederick Place, Old Bridge, NJ 08857
     You don't have to be wealthy or near death to do some thinking about Estate Planning and possible bequest to the church.
       Free but please email if possible to reserve a seat
 More information:

    Mark Boutros is a Knights of Columbus field agent servicing Catholic families in Central New Jersey. Mark comes from a higher education background and was a professor at Brooklyn College and Kean University and has served in the administration at the City University of New York for over a decade before becoming a field agent with the Knights of Columbus.
    Jason Valdez, FIC, SKC, serves as the Knights of Columbus General Agent for Central and Southern New Jersey, and leads an agency servicing 42 councils and 10,000 brother Knights and their families.
 Kenneth  Vercammen, Esq is a trial attorney in Edison, NJ. He is co-chair of the ABA Probate & Estate Planning Law Committee of the American Bar Association Solo Small Firm Division.  He is the author of the ABA book “Wills and Estate Administration”. Kenneth is also a Brother Knight and a member of Edison Council 4885.

Other Topics:
1.  2017 changes to NJ Estate Tax & changes to taxes on pensions
2. Changes in Federal Estate and Gift Tax 
3. The New Probate Law and preparation of Wills   
4. Power of Attorney needed in case of disability  
5.  Living Will      
6.  Administering the Estate/ Probate/Surrogate    

       There are Major changes to NJ Estate Tax & changes to taxes on pensions effective Jan 1, 2017. Also, the new NJ Probate makes a number of substantial changes in Probate and the administration of estates and trusts in New Jersey. A bequest to a church or charity must be made clear and in writing.  
         Persons can make a bequest in their Will, or Codicil Addendum (form to Will) to leave money for their church or charity. Many people use charitable gifts in their Wills to perpetuate their beliefs and values.

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.

    Kenneth Vercammen’s law office can draft a Codicil to members' Wills if they want to leave a gift to your church.  We will draft a reduced rate Codicil addendum to Wills if a parishioner wishes to leave a gift in the Spring 2017.  The Will and Codicil are confidential, but we recommend the parishioner provide a copy of the Will or Codicil to their church. Our usually fee for a codicil is $125. The reduced rate per codicil is $100. If a person does not have a Will we will reduce the fee for a simple Will from $400 to $225 each. 
       Estate Planning and Protecting your family. Insurance , proper documents and getting the job done.

Requirements of members to take advantage of the free reduced rate Codicil program:
       Make a photo copy of prior Will
       Schedule appointment at our Edison law office Tues.-Fri. between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
       Fill out Codicil form; must be a New Jersey resident

About the Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus was founded by Venerable Father J. McGivney in 1882 with the mission of protecting Catholic families. Since then, the Knights of Columbus has helped hundreds of thousands of families get the protection and peace of mind they need.

Today we stay true to our founding mission through our multi-billion dollar, top-rated insurance program. Members in the United States and Canada have exclusive access to our insurance program and products, including life insurance, retirement annuities, long-term care insurance, and disability income insurance.

Our charitable giving and fraternal service have continued to grow too. Nearly 2 million men in over a dozen countries across the globe are proud to call themselves Knights. Last year alone, these men and their families donated more than $175 million to charity and performed more than 73.5 million hours of service.

Free Will Seminars and Speakers Bureau for Groups
    To schedule an Estate Planning seminar for your contact our Coordinator, Kenneth Vercammen's law office at (732) 572-0500, email 

    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

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:
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.

      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,


      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 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.
2053 Woodbridge Ave.
Edison, NJ 08817
(Phone) 732-572-0500
 (Fax)    732-572-0030

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