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What types of guardianship of the person are there in New Jersey?

Sometimes a child in New Jersey is born with a developmental disability that will make it impossible for them to ever care for themselves independently. The parents of these children love their child, but it is likely that their child will outlive them. That being said, even disabled individuals, at age 18, have reached the age of legal majority, in which their parents cannot make legal decisions for them. In these cases, however, parents may choose to name a person or agency as a guardian of the child, to make decisions on the child's behalf.

What are some options for paying for long-term care?

As the baby-boomer population in New Jersey ages, they need to give some thought to their elder years. They may picture living in an assisted living facility or nursing home, where their daily needs can be taken care of by professionals. Others may prefer to stay in the comfort their own house, and receive in-home health care as needed. No matter what they choose, however, they'll also have to consider how they will pay for long-term care.

Protect your assets when entering long-term care

Having an injury or illness sideline life plans as we age is never an expected or welcome event. This type of situation can completely upend usual living arrangements, suddenly thrusting one into the possibility of having to enter a long-term care facility. Unfortunately, the cost of living in such a facility can be astronomical. This very real sticker shock can send those in such situations into panic as visions of losing their estates run through their heads.

How you can protect vulnerable loved ones through an estate plan

The primary goal of estate planning is to ensure that your loved ones are cared for after you pass away. This is especially important if those you care for have special needs, and you (or a spouse or sibling) are the primary caretaker. These loved ones could be young children or even adults with physical or mental disabilities.

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