Servicing Essex, Morris, Union, Passaic, and Hudson Counties
Martin L. Bearg is admitted to practice law is New Jersey and New York for more than 30 years. After serving as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Raymond W. Young, J.S.C. (deceased), where he drafted an unpublished and first NJ opinion declaring commercial bribery as illegal, he became an Assistant County Counsel in Hudson County, NJ in charge of Motions and Appeals. While working at a national CPA firm preparing tax returns, Mr. Bearg earned his LL.M. in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law.
His office is currently located in Livingston, NJ and emphasizes wills, estates, trusts, guardianship and business matters. He has been selected by his colleagues as a trusts & estates Consultor and served as a past chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust & Estate Section. He has also served as a past chair, appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, of a West Essex District Attorney Ethics Committee. Mr. Bearg has achieved an A-V rating (the highest) from Martindale-Hubble, and been named a Super Lawyer and Top Lawyer for wills & trusts.
Mr. Bearg taught paralegals and undergraduate accounting majors basic contract law, and the relating to wills, estates & trusts. He has lectured to accountants, attorneys and financial planners for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Education and contributed to books and tax magazines published by Tomson Reuters and a treatise on New Jersey Contract Law.
Mr. Bearg won one of the first cases after the surviving spouse's right to an elective share statute was adopted by proving she waived such right in a deed signed by the decedent and surviving spouse years before.
Mr. Bearg helped another client obtain "innocent spouse" status with the IRS and State of New York when her former husband filed false income tax returns and failed to pay taxes after selling his car dealership.
The firm represented a telephone answering service client accused of stealing another company's trade secrets [Hello, this is doctor Smith's office] and had the matter dismissed.
Mr. Bearg had the Federal District Court remand a contract case that had been removed by the defendants from the Federal District Court back to the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Passaic County
You may ask why I need a Will when the Federal Income Tax and NJ Estate Tax have been virtually eliminated.
The Federal Estate Tax has been eliminated for those with estates greater that $10 million. The NJ Inheritance Tax has been eliminated for Class "A" beneficiaries (parents, spouses, [stepchildren] children, and grandchildren. A sibling or friend of a decedent must pay tax.
A minor of a deceased needs a legal guardian and children of a first marriage may need protection in a trust from the second spouse taking monies intended for the children of the first marriage.
This is too extensive to discuss here, but can be discussed in a personal meeting.
A fiduciary, be that person be a personal representative under a Will, a legal guardian, a trustee, a medical representative under an an Advanced Medical Directive or an agent under a Durable Power of Attorney needs to be a person or a corporate fiduciary that you trust.
A personal representative, a legal guardian of your parent or minor or disabled child and a trustee are entitled to be paid commissions for services provided. All fiduciaries are entitled to be reimbursed for expenses paid, assuming your estate has sufficient funds to do so.
Care should be taken in selecting a fiduciary that the person selected will care for your minor child, a disabled child or parent, or manage your medical care and/or financial affairs properly.
Within the areas of practice, I provide you with the personal service(s) you require. The initial meeting is a free consultation.
I have have been admitted in New Jersey since 1977, practicing in Essex, Morris and Union Counties . My current practice emphasizes estate planning, estate litigation, trusts (including pet trusts, irrevocable trusts and Qualified Residential Trusts, and qualified charitable trusts), disputes between beneficiaries of a trust, guardianships, and business matters (formation, employment agreements, shareholder /member agreements, liquidations, mergers and business disputes), prenuptial agreement.
Martin L. Bearg, Esq. has earned an LL.M. in Tax and taught undergraduate accounting majors both contract law and tax law. During his tenure he worked in the tax dept. of a regional CPA firm. Mr. Bearg has also taught paralegals contract law and the preparation of wills and trusts. He has also served as chair of the NJ State Bar Assoc. Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section and Chair of the West Essex District Ethics Committee. Martindale & Hubble has awarded an AV Rating, to Mr. Bearg, SuperLawyer has named him a Super Lawyer for Trusts & Estates and he has also been named as a Top Attorney for Trusts and Estates. Mr. Bearg has provided many lectures for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and been a continuing author for articles and treatises.
I love my clients, so make an appointment to discuss your needs and/or concerns.
160 South Livingston Avenue, Suite 208, Livingston, New Jersey 07039, United States
Monday - Friday: 9am - 6:30pm by appointment
Saturday: By appointment