Legally Speaking

In our Legally Speaking Blog, an attorney from the NJSBF Speakers Bureau answers a general legal question.

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Can I make a handwritten will?

A handwritten will, also referred to as a holographic will, is valid as a will, under NJSA 3B:3-2, if it is signed by the testator, whether or not it has been witnessed, and if the material portions of the document are in the testator's handwriting. Where the...

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Will my estate have to pay taxes after I die?

New Jersey residents face three possible "death taxes"—inheritance tax, NJ estate tax and federal estate tax. If you leave property to someone other than your spouse, children, grandchildren, parents or a charity, then your heirs may have to pay inheritance tax. If...

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