At Klenk Law, we don’t do this part-time; we are laser-focused on Estate Planning. We will provide you with a well-crafted estate plan that protects loved ones, saves money, and avoids costly litigation. Though licensed in many states, we focus our work on Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
What is Estate Planning? It is just the process of getting you the right plan. We can do this for you by listening to your story and then helping explain what plan fits your situation well.
Our goal is to be as efficient and time conscious as possible. While your situation may require a different method, typically, we can assist a client using these steps.
You will have your specific concerns, but typically we will talk about a plan that addresses the following issues:
It takes years to master all the taxes that affect an Estate Plan. A good Estate Plan takes into consideration Estate Tax, Inheritance Tax, capital gains, Income Tax, and Real Estate Tax. Many tools are available, such as Irrevocable Trusts, Dynasty Trusts, AB Trusts, and SLATs! Let’s talk and see what plan fits your needs.
[expand title="Estate Planning Documents for Life's Big Events"]Specific, significant events in your life may require special planning. Our years of experience help us recognize Estate Planning needs for your life events such as Marriage, Divorce, Special Needs Children, and Planning for Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Our years of experience allow us to recognize and use the best tools for your specific facts and circumstances. We don’t have a form book; we have an encyclopedia of knowledge. Your plan will likely utilize The Big Three Estate Planning Documents but may also use advanced Estate Planning techniques such as; Irrevocable Trusts, SLATs, Business Succession Planning, and more.
If your spouse inherits all your assets, those assets become available to your spouse’s subsequent spouse or creditors. We have techniques that allow your spouse to enjoy the inheritance while providing shelter from attacks. We may apply advanced techniques such as Disclaimer Trusts, Insurance Trusts, AB Trusts, & Marital Trusts. The correct Estate Planning tool will depend on your particular circumstance. Follow this link to read examples of Estate Planning protecting your surviving spouse.
We have techniques, such as Dynasty Trusts and Education Trusts, that allow your descendants to enjoy their inheritance but also provide shelter from daughters-in-law and sons-in-law and your children’s creditors and legal entanglements. Follow this link to read examples of Estate Planning used to protect your heirs.
Your estate plan requires appointing fiduciaries. Each fiduciary has specific tasks and responsibilities. Some jobs require bulldog perseverance, while other studies need diplomatic skills and a personality to help avoid conflict. We will help you select the right person for the right job. Choosing the right Executor, Trustee, Agent, Surrogate, and Protector would be best. We will help you sort through the options.
We take the time to understand your situation and your family. If needed, we know steps that can help avoid needless conflict and litigation between your heirs.
Our firm has an Estate Litigation Department. We know Will Contests. This knowledge helps us as Estate Planning Attorneys to draft estate planning documents to avoid conflict. Experience is the only way to learn how to avoid traps. An attorney unfamiliar with Estate Litigation hasn’t the experience to prevent Will Contest as we can.
LGBT Estate Planning has become more straightforward with recognizing same-sex marriage, but unique challenges exist. Special drafting can address issues with unmarried couples or children from prior relationships. We have years of experience with Estate Planning for LGBT couples; let’s brainstorm!
No one knows your business as you do, so you should be part of crafting the estate plan addressing your business. Don’t leave this up to the State or an executor unfamiliar with your business. Without Business Succession Planning, your valuable asset might fade away soon after death. Employees might feel insecure, or a salesforce may fear an unknown new owner causing flight, floundering the business. A well-thought-out Business Succession Plan is vital.
If you are looking for an Estate Planning Lawyer in New Jersey or an Estate Planning Attorney in Pennsylvania, you found them!
Should you be a single person leaving your assets all to charity, then a simple will, Power of Attorney, and Living Will might be enough. If you have minor children, you will likely need to name a Guardian for your children should you die and a Temporary Guardian to step in if you ever have a medical emergency and need someone with the legal right to take your children home from the hospital. There are plans for people with large IRAs, people with real estate in more than one state, and even people in blended families.
Your situation is unique; let’s brainstorm.
Example: Bob and Linda are in a second marriage, and each has children from their first marriage. Linda sold her house, and she now lives in Bob’s home. If Bob dies first, he wants Linda to live in the house, so he is thinking about putting her name on the deed. But, he wants to ensure that the house goes back to his children at her death.
We brainstormed with Bob and Linda. Putting Linda’s name on the deed is simple but presents potential problems. Should Bob die first, the house passes to Linda. The house could be lost if she had creditors, leaving nothing for Bob’s children. Further, Bob only wanted Linda to live in the house. If she moved to a retirement home and Linda’s name were on the deed, she would still own the house even if she didn’t live there.
Answer: After some brainstorming, Bob and Linda agreed. We drafted a new Will for Bob. In the Will, at Bob’s death, his Will forms a trust for the h use. The trust gives Linda the right to live in the house during her lifetime as long as she uses it as her primary residence and pays all utility bills. This way, if Linda decided to move from the house, the house is sold, and the proceeds pass to Bob’s children free of any creditors that Linda may have. Further the house is not tied up for years if Linda is not using it as her primary home if Linda did has any creditors, she could live in the house rent-free. A benefit for Linda and the children being that they don’t have to watch the other with suspicion; the rules and obligations are clearly spelled out.
There usually is an way to address everyone’s concerns. Let’s talk!
It’s All We Do!
Peter Klenk is the founding member of Klenk Law, a seven attorney boutique estate planning law firm. We serve clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Minnesota and Florida. Peter Klenk received his Masters in Taxation LL.M. from NYU Law School and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. He served his country in the Navy JAGC during Desert Storm. Easy to talk to, feel free to call Peter for an appointment. We will make the process as easy as possible!
"I worked for Peter Klenk for 4 wonderful years. I can’t speak highly enough of everyone at the firm. Everyone truly cares about their clients and has a strong sense of responsibility to get things done right. I would highly recommend Klenk Law!"
I'm totally satisfied with Klenk Law. Peter has a great legal mind with the personality of the guy next door.
When it came down to picking the right attorney to handle my affairs, I knew right away it was this firm. From speaking to their secretary to speaking to Peter I knew I was making the right decision. After only a few mins Peter knew right away what I was looking for and handled all my questions professionally and even gave me great feedback that put my mind at ease. All that without even giving a single penny! So of course I hired him! So far so good...
Peter and his associates made things easy for us.
Peter is excellent. I had a very complicated situation with my parents' estate planning and potential Medicaid needs. Peter was very knowledgeable in estate planning matters, able to define the best solution for the situation. Additionally, he was congenial and able to communicate effectively to my senior citizen parents the benefits of estate planning. He earned my trust, and more importantly, my parents' trust in a 45 mins consultation period. Highly recommend Peter. He is very easy to work with.
I saw four lawyers and was told by all of them; I should just forget contesting my mother's will. I knew what happened, but it is very hard to prove undue influence. I contacted the Law Offices of Peter L. Klenk & Associates. Attorney Amanda DiChello took my case. They were very honest and upfront about what would be involved trying to prove what I knew was true. Attorney DiChello may be young but she is extremely knowledgeable and skilled. She listened and understood what I conveyed to her. She knew exactly what information to use and crafted an outstanding interrogatory and many powerful depositions. Attorney DiChello understood the various emotional feelings this case created for my family and me; she was always there for us with a kind and encouraging word. We went to trial. The amount of work which she and her Paralegal did for the trial was incredible. They both knew my case inside and out! Attorney DiChello's powerful interrogative and thinking skills produced a positive outcome. Attorney DiChello did what other seasoned lawyers said was impossible!