Estate Planning & Probate.

Estate planning is about more than just determining how your property will be distributed after your death. It is also about protecting your assets while you are living and helping your family members avoid disputes over issues like end-of-life medical treatment if you are in a vegetative state.

At Rothstein, Mandell, Strohm & Halm, our New Jersey estate planning lawyers have helped thousands of clients plan for the future. They will guide you through the estate planning process and draft documents that reflect your exact wishes. Call today to arrange a consultation with an experienced lawyer. We serve clients throughout Ocean and Monmouth counties.

Carefully Crafted Documents For Your Particular Situation

We can help you create a comprehensive estate plan that includes the following instruments:

  • Wills that have clear language of intent and direction
  • Testamentary trusts to minimize estate taxes or provide funds for a disabled child
  • Powers of attorney to allow a trusted person to make medical and financial decisions for you if you are incapacitated
  • Advance living directives, or a living will, to state your wishes to family members and health care providers concerning end-of-life care

Whether you are trying to avoid probate, or make the probate process smoother, we can help you craft estate-planning documents that will meet your needs. We are here to provide efficient, tailored solutions for your legal concerns.

If a dispute does arise, our firm is ready to protect your interests and pursue or defend you throughout any estate litigation you encounter.


Probate is the process by which the court supervises the transfer of assets from the deceased's estate to his or her intended beneficiaries if there is a will. If there is no will, then the court decides how the property should be distributed. The process of probate is also to make sure that the estate's taxes and creditors are paid in the appropriate order.

What Kind Of Probate Services Do You Need?

The lawyers in our firm know how to navigate all types of probate cases, from the simplest, most uncontested probate to the most challenging.

We provide a variety of probate court services, including:

  • Representing administrators of wills in the probate process. Our lawyers will assist you in securing any necessary bonds, accounting for assets and property, and preparing tax forms.
  • Representing heirs and beneficiaries in will contests
  • Helping people who wish to become guardians or conservators of incapacitated parents or children
  • Determining appropriate creditors, debts, inheritance taxes, fees and paying them accordingly
  • Probate can last a long time, but our lawyers will ensure that you are informed of every action that takes place. We are skilled when it comes to estate administration and asset protection. Our goal is to help families through this emotional time by making sure the probate part is dealt with decisively, eliminating as much stress and complication as possible. We can also help make sure probate moves quickly and avoids disputes by helping you be proactive when it comes to estate planning.

Get The Help You Need

For more information on how we may be able to assist with your legal concerns, call us at
732-363-0777 or Toll Free at 888-657-9720. If you prefer you can complete our contact form and one of our attorneys will reach out to you. We serve clients in Toms River and throughout Ocean and Monmouth counties.