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Written by New Jersey Estate Administration and Probate Law Attorney, Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq.

woman-on-hill-sunset-thinkingThe death of a person is devastating, especially so when that person was someone you love. A family needs to deal with its grief, yet the world moves forward and demands that estate and probate obligations be met and affairs finalized.

There are bills to pay and property to transfer. The will and/or trust seem clear, but you don’t know where to begin or exactly what to do.  If you’re feeling stressed, confused or unsure of what to do and want the advice and reassurance of an experienced and caring professional, Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. can help.

We’re experienced NJ estate administration attorneys who have helped individuals and families like yours through the maze of New Jersey, and multi-state probate/international estate administration and estate probate law.  Call Fredrick P. Niemann toll-free at (855) 376-5291 or e-mail him at fniemann@hnlawfirm.com.  He welcomes your inquiries.

If you’re an executor, administrator or beneficiary of an estate in probate, we’ll answer your questions, help you resolve any issues that you may be confronting, coordinate the transfer of assets to beneficiaries, pay bills and file income, estate, death and inheritance tax returns. If you’re a family member whose loved one died without a will, we’ll help you understand the process required to finalize their estate in a timely and professional manner.

Estate Administration and Probate


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New Jersey Estate Administration and Probate Laws

Under NJ law, an estate is the total of all property owned by a deceased person prior to the distribution of his/her property in accordance with the terms of a will or trust, or, when there is no will or trust, by the law of intestate succession in New Jersey or the state where the individual lived. The process of estate administration and probate can be complicated. Several things must happen.

  • The will is proven to be valid or invalid.
  • The property covered by the will or trust is verified and valued.
  • The manner in which the property of the decedent is to be distributed to beneficiaries is established.
  • Creditors of the decedent are identified and given the opportunity to file claims against the estate.
  • Fees and taxes for administration of the estate are established and paid.
  • The assets of the estate are distributed to heirs and beneficiaries.

Probate is a judicially supervised process for gathering a decedent’s assets, paying taxes and claims, and distributing assets to the beneficiaries. Probate is only necessary when a person dies with assets titled and owned in his or her name individually. Assets in a living trust, revocable trust, irrevocable trust, property that is jointly owned or with a beneficiary designation does not go through the probate process in this state. Probate has a bad reputation. Sometimes rightfully so, but not always.

We can explain the pros and cons of New Jersey probate to you in simple, plain English.  To learn more about probate in New Jersey, go to our page entitled “Understanding the Probate Process in NJ”. You’ll get a good overview on the subject.

We Can Help You Navigate New Jersey Probate

Fred Niemann, NJ Estate Administration Lawyer

Fred Niemann, NJ Estate Administration Attorney and Probate Lawyer

Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann is a trusted, qualified, and experienced New Jersey estate lawyer trained to provide you with information on the ways to efficiently navigate the probate process and the County Surrogate’s Office to avoid probate disputes and estate litigation.

Probate does not have to be hard, long or expensive. You just need the guidance from a qualified New Jersey Probate Attorney about how to make the process work for you.  Contact Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. toll-free at (855) 376-5291 or email him at fniemann@hnlawfirm.com.



Probating the Will of a Foreign Resident
Decedent in New Jersey


Actual Client Testimonials


During a difficult period in my life, I called upon Hanlon Niemann to help me as executor to my father’s estate. Mr. Niemann stayed with me every step of the way. He is very professional in his manner and dealings, not only with me but with the attorneys, law firms, creditors and others involved in the probate of my father’s estate. I am very satisfied with his services.

—Ralph Cafaro, Manalapan, NJ


Mr. Niemann has been a god send to me and my family. He has met with me many, many times with patience, sensitivity and understanding that few people expect from an attorney. My family issues are complex and Mr. Niemann understands what I want to happen to my estate upon my death especially for my adult incapacitated child and other adult children. He created a special trust for my son. He has followed up with me to help me make decisions without forcing his opinions on me. In the end, he told me, ”Jerri, my job is to explain your choices and help you understand the legal effect of those choices”. He guides me and puts me at ease. He wants me to make decisions that are the right ones for me.

—Jeraldine Vincitore Freehold, NJ


My wife and I wanted to express our gratitude for the guidance and patience from you and your staff along this journey.  Life is strange at times and the things that bring us together can be just as strange, if not more.
I not only got to put a few bucks in the bank, but got to reconnect with my cousin Sarah, which was a great surprise for me. That alone was worth the journey for me. Getting to know her and the family has been really nice.
I know it was a long day for all of us in mediation, but I really am blessed to have gotten to know you and talk with you. I admire your skills, work ethic and attitude regarding time and Patience. When the opposing attorney was running her big mouth and doing her thing, you never lost your composure, nor your position.  I’m hoping it’s one of the nuggets I’m able to take and implement in my personal/professional life.
The short version of this story is that you have a lot to offer people, you’re a true, trusted advisor. Your words and actions seem to align with your values, which is like common sense, very hard to come by now a days. Your staff does a great job as well. Please let them know that as often as you can.
Keep up the good work Fred and thanks again.
– Mike Price – Plainfield, IN

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You in the Probate of Your Estate or Trust

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Rutgers State University is pleased to invite Mr. Fred Niemann of Hanlon Niemann to be the guest speaker at their workshops for the Office of Continuing Education.

Mr. Niemann will offer continuing Education courses on “Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation”, “Hidden Secrets of Veterans Benefits”, “Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits 2013”, “Medicaid Changes: The Approaching Storm”, and the “New NJ Comprehensive Waiver Demonstration”.

Click here to check our website for current dates for these events.

Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. was recently asked to speak at the NJ State Bar Association Institute of Continuing Legal Education in New Brunswick, NJ on the essentials of estate planning.

Mr. Niemann addressed attorneys from throughout the state of NJ interested in learning key concepts and principals of NJ estate planning, including such topics as wills, trusts, estate taxations, asset protection, powers of attorney, health care directives, special needs and supplemental needs trusts for disabled and incapacitated individuals, avoiding probate through creative use of beneficiary planning, inheritance taxes, gifting and changes coming to federal estate taxation.

Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. attended the 46th annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning Conference from January 9th to January 13th at the Orlando World Center sponsored by the Community of Miami School of Law. This week long session assembled the nation’s leading authorities to lecture and discuss the latest in estate planning techniques and strategies. Topics analyzed and discussed included 1) elder law; 2) asset protection; 3) statutory case law developments; 4) planning with financial assets including annuities, Roth IRA’s, and life insurance policies; 5) litigation and tax controversies; 6) networking and practice development.

Mercer County Chapter of the New Jersey Society of CPAs

Fredrick P. Niemann spoke before the State Society of CPAs Mercer County Chapter on the subject of Estate Planning and Asset Protection Planning for individuals and families.  Topics addressed during the 4 hour seminar included hospice planning and asset protection, Veterans Aid & Attendance, planning through the use of a Power of Attorney, Living Will and Healthcare Directive.  Attendees at the seminar were eligible to receive 4 hours of professional CEU credits from the State Society.


Estate Administration lawyers serving these New Jersey Counties:

Monmouth County, Ocean County, Essex County, Cape May County, Mercer
County, Middlesex County, Bergen County, Morris County, Burlington County,
Union County, Somerset County, Hudson County, Passaic County