New Jersey.



A.) According to N.J.STAT.ANN.§ 3B: 5(2014); The surviving spouse receives the first 25% of the intestate estate, but not less than $50,000.00 nor more than $200,000.00, plus one-half of the balance of the intestate estate. The remainder passes to the deceased’s descendants. In New York, the spouse receives $50,000 and 1/2 of the remaining, and then the rest is given to the issue(s).

2) According to N.J.STAT.ANN.§ 3B: 5(2014); If the decedent is survived by no spouse and no issue, then the estate passes to the parents equally if alive or to the surviving parent. New York intestacy laws are similar to this.

3) According to subsection b. and in N.J.STAT.ANN.§ 3B-3 (2014), a will shall be:

(1) In writing;

(2) Signed by the testator or in the testator’s name by some other individual in the testator’s conscious presence and at the testator’s direction; and

(3) Signed by at least two individuals, each of whom signed within a reasonable time after each witnessed either the signing of the will as described in paragraph (2) or the testator’s acknowledgment of that signature or acknowledgment of the will.

b. A will that does not comply with subsection a. is valid as a writing intended as a will, whether or not witnessed, if the signature and material portions of the document are in the testator’s handwriting.

c. Intent that the document constitutes the testator’s will can be established by extrinsic evidence, including for writings intended as wills, portions of the document that are not in the testator’s handwriting.

In New Jersey, all wills must be in writing. Oral wills, also called nuncupative wills, are not legal. If you are unable to sign your name to your will for some reason, the state will allow someone else to do it for you as long as it happens in your presence and at your direction. Holographic or handwritten wills are accepted as long as the signature and all the “material” portions relating to bequests and your executor are in your handwriting. You can self-prove your will either at the time you sign it or at a later date by signing a sworn statement in front of a notary public that it is authentic. Your witnesses must also sign the statement in front of a notary and they must be the same ones who signed your will.

Compared to the laws of New Jersey in New York nuncupative and holographic wills are also not legal However, N.Y.Est. Powers and Trusts Law section 3-2.2 (McKinney 2013) permits three groups of people to validly make these types of wills, which are members of the armed forces, civilians and mariners.

4) According to N.J.STAT.ANN.§ 3B: 3-3(2014); In New Jersey, two persons have to witness the will in order to be duly executed. In New York also at least two persons have to witness the will in order for the will to be duly executed.

5)The second largest city of New Jersey is Jersey City with a population of 247,597. A working link to the court that handles probate in jersey city is:

B)Paragon Appraisals LLC, Robert Gray is a real estate appraisal in Jersey City located at 11 Cove Road Toms River NJ, 08753. His website is:

C)The name and address of the court that handles probate in Jersey City is: Bogart Keane Ryan,L.L.C. Located at 660 Newark Avenue, Jersey City New Jersey 07308.




If a student wants to earn his /her Associates degree in Legal Assistant Studies in Jersey City they can go to Hudson County Community College. A working link to the schools website is this college is ABA approved and the annual cost to attend this school is, for a New Jersey resident is 18,318 and for a non New Jersey resident is, 21,626. In city tech the tuition is less compared to the Hudson County Community College tuition.

Description of Hudson County Community College Estates, Trust and Wills course: the laws of descent and distribution, wills, probate, and administration are covered in a brief substantive overview. The emphasis shifts to the areas that concern legal assistants such as filing forms and procedures, taxes, gifts, collection and transfer of assets, and the ascertainment and payment of debts. Forms for the preparation of wills and trusts are covered in detail.

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