Category: Real Estate
Brick and Sea Girt Attorneys Offer Virtual Consultations to Serve Clients
We leverage technology to meet the needs of our clients, by providing dynamic, client-focused representation in Family Law matters
As the world comes to terms with the spread of the coronavirus, countless New Jersey citizens asked to practice “social-distancing” and “shelter in place” are in dire need of legal services, and are finding it challenging to find experienced and flexible legal counsel able to meet their unique needs amid the growing pandemic. Attorneys prepared for what is in many ways a new legal landscape know that in this digital age, it’s possible to provide legal services in a safe and convenient way without compromising on quality.
At The Bronzino Law Firm, LLC, located in Brick, New Jersey, we believe legal services should be accessible at everyone’s fingertips and clients should be able to get the services of an attorney even without an initial physical meeting. We leverage technology to meet the needs of our clients, by providing dynamic, client-focused representation in Family Law matters (i.e., Alimony and Spousal Support, Child Support, Child Custody, Domestic Violence, Criminal Charges, and Municipal Court summons, Real-Estate ventures, and Wills, Trusts & Estates). We understand and believe that each client is different, with distinctive needs and goals, and as such, unique strategies must be crafted for each case in order to favorably settle them for our clients.
Our lawyers are prepared to protect your rights and are ready to arrange convenient, virtual meetings via Skype, WhatsApp video, FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangout, Clio Connect or Legaler to discuss how we can best support you and meet your legal needs.
How Do I Schedule a Virtual Legal Consultation with a Bronzino Law Firm Attorney?
From the comfort of your home or office and with the convenience of your smartphone, laptop or tablet, you can arrange to speak with a lawyer from The Bronzino Law Firm, LLC, to answer your legal questions or issues. If you would like to speak with an attorney about your case in a free and confidential consultation today, you can:
1) Contact us online or
2) Call our Brick or Sea Girt offices at (732) 812-3102 or
To schedule a call and free 20-minute virtual consultation/meet up to discuss your family law needs. During the consultation feel free to ask questions, as we will discuss the best plan to protect your rights and future going forward.
We believe in keeping our clients informed and involved in the legal process and are prepared to use various technologies in order to do so. By having up-to-date and detailed information about your case, you can make the best possible decisions for your family’s future.
CONTACT A BRICK, NJ FAMILY LAW LAWYER
Serving Families across Monmouth County and Ocean County towns including Neptune, Manasquan, Point Pleasant, Toms River, Brick, Asbury Park, Wall and more
Across all areas of Family Law, our lawyers can answer your questions today. Our attention to detail and priority to the attorney-client relationship often leads to outcomes that are both beneficial and personalized to the individual needs and concerns of our clients and their families. Our experienced attorneys work to resolve legal conflicts outside of the courtroom when possible, but will never hesitate to aggressively litigate and defend our clients’ legal rights when necessary.
Call our Brick or Sea Girt Bronzino Law, LLC office at (732) 812-3102 for a free and confidential virtual consultation today to discuss your unique needs, concerns, or situation when it comes to any kind of family law matter.
Challenging an Executor or Administrator of Estate Attorney in Monmouth and Ocean County NJ
After the owner of the estate has died, the executor is responsible for probating the owner’s last will and testament.
The process of finalizing payments and distributing a decedent’s assets after their death can be a long and drawn-out process. It involves many moving pieces that increase the potential of an error on the part of the estate’s executor. Is it possible to challenge the actions of an executor if you believe there to be an accidental or purposeful mistake that affects the decedent’s desired distribution of assets? Read on to learn more.
The executive’s role in the probation process
The executor, or administrator, of an estate in New Jersey, has a very specific role. After the owner of the estate has died, the executor is responsible for probating the owner’s last will and testament. Probation of a will is a court-supervised process in which the will is authenticated, the appointed executor posts a bond to serve as insurance in case they commit a grievous error, assets are inventoried, all debts owed are paid, taxes are filed and paid, and, finally, the estate’s assets are distributed.
What happens if an estate executive does not perform the duties for which they are legally responsible?
An executive is legally responsible for overseeing the probation process from start to finish. They have a fiduciary duty to all beneficiaries and involved third parties of the estate, meaning that it is their legal responsibility to ensure that the written desires of the decedent and the best interest of those involved are met. Any backroom dealing that advances their own best interests at the expense of the wishes of the decedent during the long course of the probation process is illegal. If an executor abuses their role or withholds information that affects proper distribution and settling of the estate, they are in breach of their fiduciary duty and can be legally removed from their position, and even face a lawsuit brought forth by the heirs.
According to New Jersey Revised Statutes Title 3B, an executor can be removed from their legal duties for the following reasons:
- Neglect or refusal to file an inventory, render an account, or properly secure estate assets
- Neglect or refusal to obey a court order or judgment within the specified time frame
- Embezzlement or illegal misapplication of estate finances, or any other action that betrays the trust underlying their fiduciary duty
- Inability to conduct the required business of estate probation
- Neglect or refusal to collaborate with another legally appointed fiduciary in resolving estate matters
If an executor has been accused of one of the above actions, a judge will most certainly consider whether the continuation of that executor will mean a detriment to the proper settlement and interests of an estate. If the answer is yes, the judge will have grounds for removal. If a beneficiary or another involved party take personal issue with the manner in which the executor is handling the probation process, but the executor has not committed any illegal or detrimental act, the judge will not find grounds for removal. There must be clear evidence that one of the above breaches of fiduciary duty has occurred.
New Jersey is a probate friendly state
This means that, for most actions, the executor need not receive permission from the court to handle most settlement aspects of an estate. The court will only get involved if there is an alleged breach of the fiduciary duties laid out in the last will and testament and New Jersey law.
One of the most common examples of a breach of fiduciary duty is the improper accounting of the assets and finances settled. In order for beneficiaries to receive their inheritances, the court must receive proper accounting of all settlements. The required frequency of disclosures regarding the settlement, as well as the detail with which accounting must be disclosed, depending on the complexity and value of the estate assets, the estate’s tax liability, as well as the number of beneficiaries.
If the court finds that the executor or other appointed administrator has not satisfactorily completed accounting, beneficiaries can be kept in limbo. As such, beneficiaries can file a petition that requests a court order for accounting. If the executive is not able to provide proper accounting under the court order, they will be removed as executive.
Consult a Wall Township Estate Planning and Administration Lawyer Today
At Bronzino Law Firm, our estate attorneys are experienced in guiding the settlement needs of our clients across Point Pleasant, Brick, Wall, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, and the greater Ocean and Monmouth County Areas.
Prenuptial Agreements for Those Considering Remarrying in Ocean and Monmouth County
Brick Divorce and Prenuptial Agreements Attorneys Serving Clients in Ocean and Monmouth County
People are building careers, marrying later in life, amassing assets and owning their first homes at a younger age. As serial marriages and life expectancies increase, in addition to people bringing significant assets into their committed relationships or civil unions, it makes perfect sense to start talking about your long-term financial futures together. Seeing friends and family go through the divorce process, couples are more aware that marriage does not mean “happily ever after” and want to take the steps to protect themselves. In considering a prenuptial agreement, they may want to establish the ground rules of how finances will be dealt with in the marriage, property and asset division or even attempt to understand their responsibilities for dividing debt, in the event of a divorce.
Through savings, investments or a longer work history, middle-aged individuals and senior citizens are likely to have more significant assets at stake than their younger counterparts, as well as other financial obligations (i.e., alimony or child support, and real estate) or business investments they may want to leave to their children.
Though it wouldn’t be recommended for one party to straight out ask their significant other to sign a prenuptial agreement, open and honest communication about their respective finances, plans, and values never hurts.
What Significant Factors Often Prevent Seniors in Sea Girt, NJ From Remarrying?
A traumatic marriage or a nasty divorce can contribute to seniors being reluctant to take another trip down the aisle. Fear of losing various medical insurance or Social Security benefits, spousal pension payments or the termination of alimony are a few other reasons.
They will be among the first to tell you that failing to carefully consider the economic consequences of a late-life divorce, can pose harsh consequences for seniors, especially those who may live on a fixed income.
Though seemingly unromantic, many seniors opt for cohabitation agreements which allow them to keep their assets separate and any inheritances for their family intact.
If you or someone you know are unsure if a prenuptial or a cohabitation agreement would more appropriately address your financial concerns, you should consult an experienced family law attorney that has a lot of experience drafting both.
Changing Face of Alimony: Divorce is Getting More Expensive For Women in NJ
While it was almost exclusively men who paid their exes spousal support, as women earn more, head households and are breadwinners in their relationships, the financial dynamic has changed. This shift is best seen in high-profile female celebrity divorces (i.e., Britney Spears, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, and Sherry Sheppard). More woman with an eye to the future, seek creative agreements which protect them, their assets, and any potential family inheritances.
A 2018 study of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) found that among their members:
- 54% cited an increase in the number of mothers paying child support in the past three years,
- 45% saw a rise in women being responsible for alimony, and
- 78% saw an increase in parents sharing custody of children.
Practical Tips For Talking to Your Partner About a Prenup in Ocean County, NJ
If this isn’t your first rodeo, and you have a previous high-asset divorce under your belt or had to divide your retirement assets, you have learned that it may help to have a heart-to-heart about ensuring the financial well-being of your future marriage.
Be sure to:
- discuss the topic early and well advance of the actual wedding date.
- adopt a conversational tone and explain the purpose.
- be upfront about your reasons and fears.
- really listen to your partner’s feedback.
- encourage your partner to share their own ideas.
- try not to get emotional if your partner seems resistant to the idea.
- ask questions about your partner’s objections, concerns, or beliefs.
- take this chance to resolve any misunderstandings.
By being transparent, providing full financial disclosure, and seriously considering several scenarios that could affect future finances and support after a divorce, this practical look at the financial aspects of marriage and divorce could have the positive impact of making couples take a more realistic assessment of what’s overall best for each of them. If nothing else, a more slowed down approach could mean more thoughtful drafting of a prenup both parties can be satisfied with.
Contact a Monmouth County Family Law Attorney to properly File Your Case Today
A marriage can affect every aspect of your financial life. It´s recommendable to sit down as a couple to learn more about each other’s present financial situations and future goals together. Once you have organized your pros and cons, talk to specialized attorney Peter Bronzino who will guide you in your process.
Real Estate Attorney Review Process Ocean and Monmouth County NJ
Real Estate Attorney educating about the attorney review process in Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Ocean Township, Red Bank and across the Jersey Shore
Standard Realtor’s Contract in NJ
Most people use a realtor when they are buying and selling their home, and a very familiar with the standard realtor’s contract which has a provision called attorney review which will allow me to review the contract and make changes. If you are not using a realtor, I can help you as well. I can draft the contract and then assist you through the process just as I would in the other transaction.
Consult an experienced Real Estate Attorney in Brick or Sea Girt NJ to protect your interests
For many, the purchase and sale of a home or property is not something they have encountered many times in their lives, and certainly could not be considered a frequent occurrence. For Peter Bronzino, and the trained real estate team of Bronzino Law Firm, it is a process and procedure we handle every day.
In our office, after handling countless real estate purchases and sales in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, we are able to guide you through a transaction both effectively and efficiently. Our commitment to our clients is to provide you with the education and counsel you need to make the right decisions during every stage of the transaction.
Ocean County Attorney Review Process
If you buy property in New Jersey with a realtor, chances are you are actually going to sign the contract before you review with an attorney. That’s because the New Jersey standard realtors contract has a provision for what’s called attorney review. After the contract is signed, the contract goes to the attorney who will review the terms with you and make sure that you are on the same page. I have standard changes that I like to make to the form contract that I believe is in the best interest of clients and I will make sure that you fully understand everything.
Steps of Attorney Review Monmouth County NJ
The attorney review period will last three days and begins when each party receives a copy of the fully signed contract of sale. Weekend days and holidays do not count as a review period day. It is imperative that buyers take advantage of the rights to have an attorney review the contract within that three-day review period. The contract becomes binding on the parties as it is written. This, of course, is still subject to the buyer’s mortgage approval, home inspection, and title search results.
This is the time when both the buyer and seller have the right to consult with an attorney. You will need experienced representation to review the terms of the contract, make changes, or terminate the agreement. The standard New Jersey contract does not always fit all situations, some provisions in a contract may be appropriate for one transaction, but not another. An attorney can identify potential problems and ensure that each of the parties understands the terms of the contract in order to protect your interest in the transaction.
Contact a Brick and Sea Girt NJ Real Estate Lawyer Today and Let Us Guide You
Buying or selling a home can seem complicated and overwhelming at the outset. The Bronzino Law Firm LLC has guided and protected countless clients rights through all aspects of real estate across New Jersey including Asbury Park, Neptune, Wall, Manasquan, Point Pleasant, Brick, Jackson, Sea Girt, and across Monmouth and Ocean Counties. We know the ins and outs of this process and can help you become a homeowner or help you sell your home with the least stress possible.
Home Inspection Process in Ocean County NJ
It is advisable when buying a piece of real estate, that you consult with an experienced attorney that can effectively represent your interests and walk with you in those important moments, every step of the way:
- Attorney Review
- Home Inspection
- Mortgage Contingency
- Transfer of Funds
For many, owning your own home is a dream come true. Without the proper guidance and protection under the law, that dream can quickly turn into a very stressful situation. At Bronzino Law Firm, our clients are treated like our family. We want to be your guide, we want to be your advocate, and we want to make sure that this is a proud moment that you can reflect on with fond memories. All too often, people do not do their due diligence and/or they are not educated by someone who knows the industry, and those memories turn into something they would like to forget. As mentioned in the video above, Home Inspection is definitely one of, if not the, most important components of the residential real estate process.
Brick NJ Real Estate Lawyers on Home Inspection
During a home inspection contingency, you are going to hire a home inspector at your cost who will go through your property with a fine-tooth comb and produce a report with all the defective items associated with the property. I strongly encourage you to actually attend the home inspection with the inspector to learn everything you can about your property. The home Inspector will explain what he is looking at as well as how the systems work in the house. You will see some things on an inspection report. Don’t panic. Even new homes will have some things, just like humans it probably won’t be perfect. Thereafter you let me know what items you want the seller to fix prior to closing. I would then negotiate with the seller’s attorney to find out what the seller will and not will do prior to closing. If the seller will not fix the defective items that you request you can cancel the contract and receive a refund of your deposit money.
Contact a Jersey Shore Real Estate Attorney Today For a Free Consultation
The home inspection can be used your best resource or turn out to be your biggest regret. This critical step should provide the buyer with the peace of mind necessary to move through the process to closing without any major concern. If they neglect to properly inspect, or they are not under the experienced guidance of Counsel, they could end up in a position where they are reconsidering their entire position because certain existing conditions were not properly specified by the seller or identified by the inspector. Don’t allow an eagerness to purchase the home to cloud your judgment and allow things to be overlooked; which will result in many future headaches and the wasting of your hard-earned dollars after you close.