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  • Read More About Estate Planning, Administration and Probate

    princeton-nj-estate-planning-lawyers copyMary Ann Kenny Pidgeon and Michael T. Pidgeon make up the firm’s estate planning and probate department. This department provides all estate planning, estate administration and probate litigation services in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Mrs. Pidgeon earned her LL.M. in Taxation from the Villanova University School of Law and she is a member of the Mercer County Estate Planning Council. Michael Pidgeon is earning his LL.M. in Taxation from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law, and practiced as a litigator for almost a decade at Pepper Hamilton LLP and Stark & Stark, P.C. before joining the firm.

    Pidgeon & Pidgeon, P.C. will work with you to provide for your family upon your death and also to minimize your exposure to federal and state taxes. This planning includes the preparation of the last will and testament, as well as any trusts, such as an irrevocable life insurance trust, that may be advisable. As part of your estate plan, you should also provide for end of life decisions by signing a living will which enables you to decide what treatment you should receive if you are terminally ill and to designate an agent to make those decisions for you if you are unable to do so. A durable power of attorney designating your spouse or some other person to handle your affairs if you are incapacitated is also recommended.

    In your will, you will need to name an executor and possibly a trustee and a guardian. The executor’s responsibilities include making sure that the property is transferred to the proper beneficiaries and that all of the bills of the estate are paid. Married couples usually, but do not always, name each other. An alternate executor is needed in case your primary executor predeceases you. The second job is that of the trustee who is the fiduciary in charge of any trusts that you create as part of your estate plan. If you and your spouse create trusts for your minor children and both of you die when your children are minors, the trustee manages the money for the minor children until they reach their majority at which time the trust is disbursed. The third job is that of guardian, who is needed only if both parents die leaving minor children. The guardian raises the children on your behalf and is responsible for their physical and spiritual well-being. The same person may serve as executor, trustee and guardian or you may name different people to serve in each of these roles.

    We also will assist you in administering the estate of a deceased family member or friend. We realize this is a very sensitive time and will provide the personal attention necessary. This makes your estate tax planning very important. Our firm will assist in the probate of the will, gathering the estate assets and paying the bills. Our firm will prepare an accounting of all the financial transactions, prepare the release and refunding bond and make the final distribution to the heirs. One of our estate planning attorneys will personally meet and address your concerns upon the death of a loved one.

    If you are interested in retaining us to assist you in preparing your estate plan, please e-mail Mary Ann Pidgeon at mpidgeon@pidgeonlaw.com or Michael Pidgeon at mtpidgeon@pidgeonlaw.com or follow the link below, complete the form and submit it to us electronically. Please direct all inquiries regarding Pennsylvania estate planning to Michael Pidgeon.

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  • Read More About Real Estate Law

    The firm’s real estate department is headed by Mary Ann Kenny Pidgeon. Mrs. Pidgeon, who is a member and Past President of the Real Estate Section of the Mercer County Bar Association, has handled thousands of residential and commercial real estate closings throughout New Jersey. Mrs. Pidgeon is assisted by her partner John Pidgeon and the firm’s paralegal Carol Nuel who has more than twenty-five years experience in the field. Kim Conner, also a paralegal, is available at all times to assist clients in addressing the immediate needs of attorney review and inspection issues.

    As your attorneys in a real estate transaction, we will represent your interests every step of the way, starting with the contract. Contracts prepared by Realtors must have an attorney review period. It is imperative that you get us the contract during that period so that we can make any changes that are necessary.

    If you are the buyer, the contracts will contain contingencies which must be met before the closing can occur. Typically contracts include contingencies for a mortgage commitment, home inspections (including engineering, radon, termite, well and septic) and marketable title.

    It will also be necessary to obtain a title insurance binder and survey for the closing. We order those items on your behalf prior to the closing. We also work with your mortgage company to review the mortgage closing documents and we work with your mortgage company and the attorney on the other side to prepare the closing statement. We will attend the closing with you and after the closing. We will make certain that the deed and mortgage are recorded with the county clerk. When the recorded deed is returned to us, we send it to you along with the original title insurance policy.

    Real estate transactions must move quickly. Time deadlines for the mortgage applications, inspections and closings come quickly. We will track these deadlines and assist you in meeting your obligations and making sure that the other side does also.

    We work with many first time buyers. We will take the extra time to meet with you to make sure that you understand the process and preserve your rights.

    If you are interested in retaining us for a real estate matter, please e-mail Mary Ann Pidgeon at mpidgeon@pidgeonlaw.com or follow the link below, complete the appropriate form and submit it electronically.

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  • Read More About Municipal Law, Zoning & Planning

    The firm’s municipal law department, which includes zoning and planning, is headed by John Pidgeon who has a Diplomate in Municipal Law from Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys. Mr. Pidgeon who has thirty-six years of municipal experience is presently the municipal attorney for Bernardsville Borough in Somerset County and Long Hill Township in Morris County, attorney for the Morris County Soil Conservation District Planning Board and Board of Adjustment Attorney for the City of Rahway in Union County. Mr. Pidgeon has handled prerogative writ actions in the Superior Court and has appeared before various County Boards of Taxation and the New Jersey Tax Court.

    Mary Ann Pidgeon also has extensive municipal experience and a Diplomate in New Jersey Municipal Law. Mrs. Pidgeon, who began her career in 1975 as an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Pittsburgh, has served our municipal clients since the firm’s founding in 1986. John Pidgeon also served as the attorney for the Hightstown Borough Zoning Board of Adjustment for eleven years and as Chairman of the Plainsboro Township Zoning Board of Adjustment. He has appeared on behalf of applicants before Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Adjustment throughout Mercer, Middlesex, Morris and Somerset Counties. He also has represented municipalities, boards and applicants in land use litigation in the Superior Court of New Jersey.

    If you are interested in retaining our firm to assist you in handling any zoning or other local government matter, please e-mail John Pidgeon at jpidgeon@pidgeonlaw.com.

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