Generally speaking, it is difficult to successfully challenge a will in New Jersey. Around 99 percent of wills nationwide are upheld in their entirety by probate courts. That said, anyone who may have an interest in the estate can bring a challenge. There are several valid grounds to challenge a will.
New Jersey residents who bemoan their tax burdens may wish to spare a thought for those who live in nearby Connecticut. The state has seen thousands of residents pack up and leave in recent years as taxes have risen to bridge yawning budget gaps, and changes to the state's probate fees introduced on July 1 have made Connecticut the costliest state in the nation to die in.
The probate process in New Jersey is a legal method that acknowledges a will and enables the choice of an executor charged with accounting for the assets and administering the way the assets are distributed. Whether or not probate occurs, the assets must be tabulated and administered.
It’s a two-hour drive from Flemington to Ridgefield, Connecticut, home of the late Maurice Sendak. When the famed writer and illustrator passed away two years ago, the New York Times hailed him as an “author of splendid nightmares.”
His life was filled with adventure, academics and a breathtaking accumulation of Chinese art and wealth. C.C. Wang was known for escaping China’s civil war in 1949 and bringing his wife and young children to the capital of the art world, just 60 miles east of Flemington.
The passing of a loved one often comes as a shock to the family. In some cases, however, there are aftershocks that can include the discovery that a will has been drastically altered to favor a single particular person.
Relatives of a flamboyant widow say her last years of life were like a bad movie. She spent much of her time following her husband’s 2000 death in the company of a younger man, to whom she left much of her wealth.