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The New Jersey probate code has two statutes that govern the admission of a Will for an alien.  First, the distinction must be made whether they are a non-resident alien or a resident alien.  N.J.S.A. 3B:3-24 governs situations where the decedent is a resident alien, which N.J.S.A. 3B:3-26 governs where the decedent was a non-resident alien. 

Why would you want to admit a Will to probate in New Jersey for a foreign person?  Well, often times foreigners have real property in New Jersey or a bank/brokerage account here.  In order for the Executor to marshall the assets of the decedent, they must access them and in order to access them they must have authority to do so.  By having the Will admitted to probate in New Jersey, the Executor/trix of the Estate will be able to accomplish this task.

The last couple of years have been an amazing time for me, both professionally and personally.   A few years ago, one of my oldest and closest friends, Tom McCarthy (Writer/Director of The Station Agent, The Visitor), asked me to write a script with him.  We worked together for over two years and the end result is a film entitled “Win Win”.  Win Win is a Fox Searchlight and Everest Entertainment Production, starring Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Burt Young, Jeffrey Tambor and Alex Shafer.  The movie is due out in theaters on March 18, 2011.

For those that may not know, I am a practicing Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney with offices located in New Providence, NJ (which happens to be the same location as Mike Flaherty’s office, the lead character in Win Win).  I love practicing law in the area of Elder Law and Estate Planning, which I plan to do into the foreseeable future (so no, I have no plans to go to Hollywood and leave my practice).

For those who have not seen the movie, you may want to stop here before reading about the similarities between Mike and me, I don’t want to ruin anything for you.  For those of you who would like to know some cool trivia feel free to read on.


The movie is loosely based on some of my experiences as an elder law and estate planning attorney in New Providence.  Some of these facts will make more sense after you see the movie. Read the rest of this entry »

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About the Movie
Win Win is based on the story by Tom McCarthy and Joe Tiboni. When a disheartened attorney moonlighting as a high school wrestling coach stumbles across a star athlete, things seem to be looking up. That is, until the boy's mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything. Cast: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor.
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Tiboni & Tiboni, LLP
166 South Street
New Providence, NJ 07974
Ph: 908-286-1136
Fax: 908-286-1605