Wills & Estates

At Carella Byrne, our attorneys understand the complex legal, financial, and emotional issues involved with estates. We recognize how difficult it can be for family members who must bear the practical burdens of administering an estate and resolving any disputes which may arise after the death of a loved one.

Wills and Personal Documents

We prepare meticulous estate planning documents tailored to your specific needs, goals, and circumstances, including:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Advance Health Care Directives
Business Succession Planning

We work closely with business owners and companies of all sizes to craft business succession plans that protect their life’s work and their loved ones. The documents and structures we put in place can establish a solid foundation for the future and avoid disruption after an owner passes away or relinquishes ownership and control.

Estate Administration

After someone passes away, a family member or other trusted individual may find themselves charged with the complicated responsibilities involved in administering an estate or trust. This can include resolving complex financial matters and following nuanced legal requirements to ensure that both the law and the decedent’s wishes are followed.

At Carella Byrne, our goal is to relieve these burdens and provide the guidance and services which can help families with the administration of their loved one’s estate. We assist trustees, executors, and their families with every aspect of estate administration, taking the weight off the shoulders of those who may not have the time or background to handle these duties themselves.

Probate Proceedings

We provide comprehensive probate administration and litigation representation, including:

  • Paying Debts
  • Gathering Assets
  • Facilitating Distributions to Heirs
  • Preparing Estate Tax Returns
  • Overseeing Payment of Funeral Expenses
  • Attending Court Hearings
  • Locating Next of Kin
  • Interacting with Retirement Benefits Administrators
  • Litigating Contested Wills and other Disputed Issues
Estate Litigation

It is not unusual for family members or others to have different perspectives about how to handle their loved one’s estate, assets, or other issues. Disputes can arise between heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, family members, and others who may claim an interest in the decedent’s assets. Some may challenge the validity of a will or other controlling estate documents or take issue with how those documents are being interpreted. Some may have concerns about how an executor, guardian, or other fiduciary is discharging their responsibilities or distributing assets.

Carella Byrne’s seasoned litigators have substantial and extensive experience in trust and estate litigation of all kinds and complexity. We aggressively yet strategically protect our clients’ interests, always seeking expeditious resolutions that reduce hostility while still ensuring a positive result. We welcome the opportunity to assist you with any trust or estate matter you are faced with.


Area of FOCUS

Business Succession Planning
Estate Administration
Estate Tax Returns
Health Care Directives
Power of Attorney
Probate Proceedings

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Wills & Estates

Our attorneys understands how critical it is that business owners prepare for retirement or unforeseen circumstances in a way that provides for their financial well-being and the continuity of their companies.


When disputes arise, our seasoned litigators provide exceptional advocacy grounded in holistic strategies designed to achieve each client’s overall business, financial, and personal goals.

Labor Law

Whether before a hearing board, in the courtroom, or at the negotiating table, our labor lawyers leverage their considerable advocacy and negotiating skills to advance and protect our clients’ interests.

About us


Student Mental Health and Social Media

Partner Michael Innes wrote an article titled “Why New Jersey school districts are filing lawsuits against social media companies, which is featured in the New Jersey School Board Association Reader Forum: Student Mental Health and Social Media.

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The 74

Carella Byrne’s Michael Innes Featured in Recent The 74 Article

Innes was featured in recent article titled Teen Mental Health Crisis Pushes More School Districts to Sue Social Media Giants. “The harms caused by social media companies have impacted the districts’ ability to carry out their core mission of providing education.”

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