Your net worth is the value of all of your assets, less the total of all of your liabilities. Continue reading “What is Net Worth? How Do I Calculate it?”
1. Locate the will of the decedent and arrange for probate. Does your named executor know where you keep your Will and other valuable papers? Continue reading “7 Steps to Choosing the Right Estate Executor”
If your Will was properly executed and witnessed, you have no problem. However, you must realize that your Will must be probated in the County in which you die a resident. Assuming your will does not contain a Self Proving Affidavit one of two things must happen: the out-of-state witness must appear personally before the Surrogate of the county where you were a resident or your Will must be forwarded to a Probate Court near where the witness resides. In either event, the cost of probating the Will is significantly increased. A Self-Proving affidavit in a Will is established by having the signatures of the witnesses notarized at the time of the signing of the Will. Upon presentation of the Will for Probate, as the signatures of the witnesses have been notarized, there is no reason to have them, the witnesses, appear for Probate purposes. Probably the easiest remedy would be to have new wills prepared. Since moving to another state, there may have been life changing events to your beneficiaries such as divorce, a serious illness, a new birth, etc. which is cause enough to review and make changes in your Will. Continue reading “Moving with a Will- What Changes Will You Need to Make?”
A Will can only distribute assets that are in the sole name of the deceased. For example, jointly held assets (your bank accounts), assets payable on death to a named beneficiary cannot be distributed by a will.
The registration of the assets dictates how the assets are to be distributed upon death. Using the registration of assets to distribute your estate oftentimes contradicts the intended distribution in your will. Continue reading “How Joint Bank Accounts Can Override Your Will”
You should give thought to a living trust. Under a Revocable Living Trust, assets are consolidated under one roof. Should illness strike, all of your assets will have been identified and placed in a trust, which is being managed by a trustee who is familiar with you and your personal and financial needs.
When Garden State Trust Company is named as a Trustee or Co-Trustee, not only do we help with the day-to-day management of a client’s investment portfolio, but we also assist with the payment of bills and the preparation of income tax returns. Continue reading “Protecting your Finances”
This month our newsletter articles focus on financial security. The most important article touches on the importance of asset allocation. Asset allocation is how you diversify your investments among different asset classes: stocks, bonds, and short-term investments (such as money markets). Asset classes react in different ways to ever-changing economic conditions. The correct asset allocation can help provide you with peace of mind through economic ups and downs and may even increase your potential for better returns over time.
Always remember that neither diversification nor asset allocation guarantees a profit or guarantees against loss. We maintain a disciplined approach to asset allocation where we create an Investment Policy Statement at the beginning of our relationship with our client establishing a mutually agreed upon asset allocation. As time goes on we revisit the Investment Policy Statement to be sure the current asset allocation is meeting the needs of our client.
The emergence of the Independent Trust Company has challenged the traditional sources of trust and estate administration and investment services, such as bank-owned companies, for the following reasons: