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3B:14-62 Abandonment of real property may be authorized

3B:14-62Abandonment of real property may be authorized
A fiduciary of or any person interested in an estate or a trust may apply to the court for a judgment or order directing the fiduciary to abandon any improved or unimproved real property that is an asset of the estate or trust and, which because of liens, encumbrances, the absence or lack of revenue, or for other reasons, does not have a value worth protecting, and that it is for the best interests of persons having an interest in the estate or trust that the real property be abandoned.

3B:14-63. Directions of court when abandonment ordered
If the fiduciary is ordered to abandon real property:

a. The court may direct the fiduciary to refrain from

(1) Paying any arrearages of real property taxes and assessments and those thereafter assessed,

(2) Paying water rents or charges,

(3) Paying arrearages in mortgage principal and interest and those thereafter becoming due,

(4) Making repairs to or maintaining any improvements upon the real property,

(5) Keeping the real property or any improvements thereon insured against fire or other loss and liability or as the court may direct;

b. The court may direct that the fiduciary may, if a buyer can be found, convey the real property for a nominal consideration or no consideration so as to avoid liability arising to the fiduciary or to the estate or trust.

L.1981, c. 405, s. 3B:14-63, eff. May 1, 1982.

3B:14-64. Order approving abandonment of real property by fiduciary and authorizing conveyance of title
Where it appears that a fiduciary in good faith and in the exercise of a reasonable discretion has abandoned real property by refraining from paying real property taxes, assessments, water rents or charges, mortgage principal and interest, making repairs or improvements to the property, and that because of the liens, encumbrances, the absence or lack of revenues or other reasons the real property did not have a value worth protecting and that it was advisable for the best interests of those interested in the estate or trust to abandon the real property, or that as a result of an abandonment, the fiduciary has been divested of title to or right of possession of the real property by foreclosure of a mortgage or the enforcement of any other lien or encumbrance, the court may ratify and approve the abandonment of the real property upon terms and conditions as it may deem proper. If the fiduciary still has title to the real property, the court may authorize the fiduciary to convey all right, title and interest therein for a nominal consideration or no consideration in order to avoid liability which might arise by reason of continued ownership of the property.

3B:14-65. Public liability after abandonment but before being divested of title
Whenever a fiduciary, trust or estate abandons any real property pursuant to this article, the fiduciary, trust or estate shall remain liable for injury or damage to persons or property arising out of the ownership of the real property notwithstanding the abandonment, until the fiduciary, trust or estate has divested itself or has been divested of title thereto.

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He is chair of the Elder Law Committee of the American Bar Association General Practice Division. He is also Editor of the ABA Estate Planning Probate Committee Newsletter and also the Criminal Law Committee newsletter. Mr. Vercammen is a recipient of the NJSBA- YLD Service to the Bar Award. And past Winner "General Practice Attorney of the Year" from the NJ State Bar Association. He is a 22 year active member of the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the ABA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section.

He established the NJlaws website which includes many articles on Elder Law. Mr. Vercammen received his B.S., cum laude, from the University of Scranton and his J.D. from Widener/Delaware Law School, where he was the Case Note Editor of the Delaware Law Forum, a member of the Law Review and the winner of the Delaware Trial Competition.


Edison Adult School -Wills, Elder Law & Probate- 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 [inc Edison TV], 2001, 2000,1999,1998,1997
Nuts & Bolts of Elder Law - NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education/ NJ State Bar ICLE/NJSBA 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1996
Elder Law and Estate Planning- American Bar Association Miami 2007
Elder Law Practice, New Ethical Ideas to Improve Your Practice by Giving Clients What They Want and Need American Bar Association Hawaii 2006
South Plainfield Seniors- New Probate Law 2005, East Brunswick Seniors- New Probate Law 2005
Old Bridge AARP 2002; Guardian Angeles/ Edison 2002; St. Cecilia/ Woodbridge Seniors 2002;
East Brunswick/ Halls Corner 2002;
Linden AARP 2002
Woodbridge Adult School -Wills and Estate Administration -2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996
Woodbridge Housing 2001; Metuchen Seniors & Metuchen TV 2001; Frigidare/ Local 401 Edison 2001; Chelsea/ East Brunswick 2001, Village Court/ Edison 2001; Old Bridge Rotary 2001; Sacred Heart/ South Amboy 2001; Livingston Manor/ New Brunswick 2001; Sunrise East Brunswick 2001; Strawberry Hill/ Woodbridge 2001;
Wills and Elder Law - Metuchen Adult School 1999,1997,1996,1995,1994,1993
Clara Barton Senior Citizens- Wills & Elder Law-Edison 2002, 1995
AARP Participating Attorney in Legal Plan for NJ AARP members 1999-2005

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