Comprehensive Family Law and Elder Law Legal Services in New Jersey
Velazquez Law, LLC, is your source for compassionate yet aggressive legal representation in New Jersey family law and elder law matters. Below you’ll find a brief overview of the firm’s main areas of practice. To learn more or get immediate help with your family law or elder law issue, call Velazquez Law, LLC, at 973-873-4900.
Velazquez Law, LLC, maintains a comprehensive New Jersey family law practice, covering everything from paternity and name changes to guardianships of minors. Below you’ll find a peek at just a few of the main areas of our family law practice. Call our office in Morristown or Short Hills for help with any family or matrimonial matter throughout the state of New Jersey.
Divorce can be contested or uncontested. An uncontested divorce is one where both parties agree on how to handle all the issues in their divorce, so nothing needs to be litigated in court. As a Panelist on the Essex County Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel, Candy Ley Velazquez is experienced in helping divorcing couples negotiate and mediate their divorce for a positive result that meets everyone’s needs fairly and without the emotional costs a contested divorce can entail. We can help keep your uncontested divorce stay on track and resolve successfully.
In the case of a contested divorce, Candy Ley Velazquez is a tenacious, aggressive advocate for her client’s interests regarding any items in dispute. We’ll work to see that you are well-represented in the equitable distribution of marital property, alimony/spousal support, child support and child custody. Call on Velazquez Law, LLC, for help after a divorce as well, such as modification or enforcement of court orders for support or parental relocation.
New Jersey’s Prevention of Domestic Violence Act can be used to prevent or stop assault, sexual assault, harassment, stalking and other offenses perpetrated by a current or former spouse, dating partner, household member, or someone who shares a child in common with the victim or got the victim pregnant. New Jersey’s domestic violence law contains powerful tools in the form of temporary restraining orders and final restraining orders. A TRO or FRO can force an abuser out of the house and require them to keep away from the victim in any setting.
New Jersey family lawyer Candy Ley Velazquez is a former Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor who prosecuted violations of restraining orders as a member of the Family Division, Domestic Violence Unit. She knows the law inside and out and takes no prisoners when it comes to the safety and security of her clients. Velazquez Law, LLC, can move swiftly to obtain a TRO on your behalf and work to craft an FRO that keeps you and your kids safe permanently. We’ll be well-prepared to argue on your behalf in court and make sure you are protected.
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
A prenuptial or premarital agreement is a contract entered into by people who are contemplating marriage that becomes effective upon marriage. A prenuptial agreement can help both prospective spouses start their life together with a clear view of the assets and debts each one is bringing into the marriage, as well as their understanding of how issues such as the division of property or payment of alimony should play out in the event the marriage doesn’t last. The prenup can protect one spouse’s vital business interests from being broken up in a divorce, or ensure that a non-working spouse is provided with support for as long as reasonably needed. The prenup can dictate the terms of a will or an insurance policy, as well.
These agreements are valuable for couples coming from unequal financial backgrounds or for couples who have children from a prior relationship. In truth, any couple can benefit from a prenuptial agreement. New Jersey family law attorney Candy Ley Velazquez can negotiate and draft a valid and enforceable prenuptial on your behalf, or review an agreement drawn up by another lawyer to make sure it is fair to you. Velazquez Law, LLC, can assist in postnuptial agreements as well, which play a similar role but are entered into after the couple is already married.
Elder law refers to a diverse set of legal needs that accompany people as they get older. Elder law is a perfect complement to the family law practice at Velazquez Law, LLC, as we approach the needs of all members of the family, wherever they may be. See below for a discussion of essential topics like wills, trusts, probate and guardianships. Call Velazquez Law, LLC, in Morristown and Short Hills for help with elder law issues in New Jersey.
Every estate plan starts with a well-crafted, valid and enforceable will. The will allows you to distribute your property to family members, friends, charities, religious organizations and educational institutions as you see fit. Use the will to make specific, meaningful gifts that will leave a lasting legacy and memory to those you love. The will is also the appropriate legal vehicle to nominate a person you trust to serve as executor of your estate, as well as name a potential guardian for any minor children who may be in need of care.
Trusts are another means of passing property from one generation to the next, or charitable foundations or other beneficiaries of your generosity. Trusts have the advantage of avoiding probate so that beneficiaries receive their inheritance faster and with less cost to the estate. Trusts are also private documents that do not become public records like wills in probate do, so you can keep the contents of your estate and the gifts you make away from prying eyes. Finally, trusts can be fashioned in many different ways to accomplish specific purposes, protect assets from being wasted, and make sure your gift gets spent in a manner you approve. Velazquez Law, LLC, has particular expertise in special needs trusts/supplemental needs trusts, which help provide for individuals with special needs without jeopardizing their eligibility for vital government programs and services.
Probate is the court-supervised legal process required to give legal effect to a will or otherwise close out an estate. Probate involves numerous time-consuming and complex tasks such as inventorying assets and managing or liquidating them as appropriate, notifying heirs, settling claims against the estate, preparing tax returns, and more. These thankless jobs fall on the shoulders of the estate’s executor, administrator, or personal representative, who often need assistance fulfilling their court-mandated role. We provide the necessary advice and assistance to help probate go smoothly and successfully, resolving issues or disputes and closing the estate as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.
As our parents or grandparents age, they can reach a point where they are no longer able to care for themselves or make sound decisions regarding their financial or legal affairs. A guardianship helps ensure they are properly looked after and safe from physical or financial elder abuse, including exploitation or undue influence from a close family member or caregiver who may not have their best interests at heart. Candy Ley Velazquez has been a champion for seniors in need since she was a law student and participated in her law school’s Elder Law Clinic, where she served as a court-appointed attorney in guardianship cases and assisted victims of elder abuse. Bring your concerns about your elder loved ones to Velazquez Law, LLC. We’ll advise you on your options and guide you toward making the right decisions.
Call Velazquez Law, LLC, for Help With Family Law or Elder Law in New Jersey
For immediate assistance with your New Jersey family law or elder law matter, call Velazquez Law, LLC, at our offices in Morristown or Short Hills. Call 973-873-4900 for an initial telephonic or virtual consultation.