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Edison NJ 08817

Guardianship Legal Services to Be Provided/Retainer



2053 Woodbridge Ave.

Edison, NJ 08817

(Phone) 732-572-0500

(Fax)    732-572-0030

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       Guardianship Legal Services To Be Provided/Retainer


         Name _______________  FEE    [$2,500]

1.  Legal Services To Be Provided. You agree that the Law Firm will represent you in connection with proposed Guardianship. 


1. Office interview with client, office consult fee is $150.00, which is included in the Complaint preparation fee. 

2. Review Guardianship Questionnaire filled out by client.

3. Obtain information such as name, address and telephone number. 

4. Obtain information regarding value of real estate, life insurance and other assets.

5. Obtain information regarding estate and  beneficiaries.

6. Obtain information regarding names of family members.

7. Discuss possible individuals to serve as Guardian.

8. Discuss Court procedures, answer legal questions.    

9 Office conference, attend to signing of Complaint, Answer Questions and explain provisions.

10 Obtain client's email address to send updates.

11 Attend Hearing

12. Preparation of end of case letter to client after guardianship granted


         Please read our website article to help you understand how guardianships are handled



         The legal work includes research, correspondence, preparation and drafting of pleadings and other legal documents, conferences in person and by telephone with you and with others, dictating and reviewing letters, negotiations, and any other related work or service to properly represent you in this matter.


Documents we will prepare:            


1.            Opening of file and offer client information brochures

2.            Draft Verified Complaint for Guardianship

3.            Prepare Affidavit of Proposed Guardian in Support of Complaint for Guardianship

4.            Affidavit of next of kin

5.            Prepare AFFIDAVIT OF Doctor 1

6.            Prepare CERTIFICATE OF Doctor 2

7.            Letters to Doctors to be delivered by client

8.            Prepare letter to client enclosing draft documents for client to carefully read

9.            Prepare ORDER FOR HEARING

10.        Contact client to request client have doctor sign affidavit

11.        Attend to proposed Guardian signing complaint

12.        Prepare letter to court with signed complaint and 2 doctor certificate

13.        Prepare NOTICE to incapacitated person

14.        Prepare and file CERTIFICATION OF SERVICE on incapacitated person

15.        Prepare co to surrogate with NOTICE to incapacitated person of Complaint and Certification of Service

16.        Prepare co to guardian with hearing notice

17.        review attorney Guardian report

18.        Prepare Guardianship Judgment


The proposed guardian will need to make arrangements to have two Doctors sign the AFFIDAVIT OF Doctors.


2. Costs And Experts.  In addition to legal fees, you must pay the following costs and expenses; experts' fees, court costs including Complaint filing fee payable to County Surrogate, certified mail notices, investigators' fees, deposition costs, messenger services, and any other necessary expenses or out of pocket expenses.  The Law Firm may recommend that experts be retained directly by you.  You would then be solely responsible to pay the experts.  The experts usually require they be paid up front.


         The Court will appoint an attorney to be a temporary law Guardian. The court will require either you or the Incapacitated person to pay the fees of the temporary law Guardian. Their fees are approx $1,500.


3.  Other Legal Services.  You and the Law Firm may make additional agreements to provide for legal services not covered by the Agreement. Without such agreements, the Law Firm is not required to do any of the following:


         (a)  Provide any legal services after the judgment of the trial court;

         (b)  Appeal any decisions of the trial court;

         (c)  Enforce any judgment or order of the trial court;

         (d)  Represent you in any other court or Tribunal


4. Fees.  Fees can be paid by VISA, Master Card, American Express, check, money order or cash. Make checks payable to Kenneth Vercammen, P.C. As with most Attorneys, Fees are paid at the initial consultation and must be paid prior to documents being drafted. For your convenience, we accept credit cards by email, over the phone, and PayPal. You can also make appointment to bring in check or cash or pay by credit card during office hours, mail in retainer check or drop off retainer check through front door mail slot on weekends and evenings.

 [Note- After the Guardianship Complaint is typed, there is a minimum $100.00 additional charge for complaint changes not set forth in the Questionnaire filled out by clients at the initial consult.  The Deed needs to be signed within 20 days of initial consult or additional fee will be charged. We do not do Tax Planning or Medicaid Planning.  The fee paid is non refundable.]


Guardianship bill rev 8/30/14

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Kenneth Vercammen is the Managing Attorney at Kenneth Vercammen & Associates in Edison, NJ. He is a New Jersey trial attorney has devoted a substantial portion of his professional time to the preparation and trial of litigated matters. He has appeared in Courts throughout New Jersey each week for litigation and contested Probate hearings.

Mr. Vercammen has published over 125 legal articles in national and New Jersey publications on elder law, probate and litigation topics. He is a highly regarded lecturer on litigation issues for the American Bar Association, NJ ICLE, New Jersey State Bar Association and Middlesex County Bar Association. His articles have been published in noted publications included New Jersey Law Journal, ABA Law Practice Management Magazine, and New Jersey Lawyer.

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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