Vandrew LLC: Jeff Vandrew Jr, Attorney-CPA

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Firm Overview

Times are changing. Taxes are rising. Congress passes new laws affecting your family every day. In today's unstable tax, legal, and financial environment, planning for the future is more complicated. To sort out this mess, you need a trusted advisor with specific and deep knowledge in a distinct subset of practice.

In order to best serve my clients, I restrict my boutique practice to three areas:

*wills, trusts, and estate planning
*advising small businesses
*tax return preparation and tax planning

Due to my legal and tax knowledge, I've earned the distinction of dual-licensure as both an attorney and a certified public accountant.

I'm also a Board-Certified Estate Planning Law Specialist, a designation granted by the Estate Law Specialist Board (an organization accredited by the American Bar Association). This board certification entails rigorous testing and continuing education requirements to demonstrate excellence in wills, trusts, and estates. I also hold the Certified Financial Planner credential. I've been published on estate planning and small business issues in The New Jersey Law Journal, and have taught continuing education classes to attorneys around the country.

More than just knowledge itself, I believe what makes me different is my singular focus on applying this knowledge to help you create a stable and secure future for you and your loved ones. Having lived at the Jersey Shore my entire life, and having practiced at the Jersey Shore my entire career, there
Main Office

Main
1410 Hooper Ave, Floor 2
Toms River  NJ  08753

Phone
  • 732-703-7309
Fax

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I offer a free initial consultation of up to one hour if you mention this profile.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I try to do as much of my work as possible on a flat fee basis so clients don't need to worry about racking up billable hours. Here are some examples of my flat fees:

1. I can form a single member LLC for you, obtain an EIN (tax ID number) from IRS, register the LLC with the New Jersey Division of Taxation, and provide you with a single member operating agreement. My flat fee in that matter would be $375 plus state filing fees if you mention that you saw this profile. You will probably find that fee to be less than most online services which do not provide you with an operating agreement and don't register you with the New Jersey Division of Taxation (which is different from obtaining the EIN from the IRS).

2. Initial meetings in my office to discuss estate plans (wills, trusts, etc.) are always free if you mention this profile. If after we meet you decide not to use my services, you owe me nothing. During out initial meeting, I will be able to outline your options, and based on the options you choose I will give you a set-in-stone flat fee figure that you can use to decide if you want to proceed. To give you some idea, full estate plans including a will, power of attorney, and living will start at $950 and vary from there depending on what options you select. The options you select are based on the size of your estate and the level of protection you want for your assets.

Those are just two examples. I have flat fees for dozens of other matters as well. If you give me a call at 732-703-7309 and mention this profile, we can have a free consultation where we can discuss your estate planning or small business needs. If I can't give a flat fee on a certain matter, I will explain why and will give an estimate of what hourly fees on such a matter might be.

There is a good chance that on certain matters I won't be the absolute rock bottom cheapest attorney you will find. However, I hope that my particular expertise, my accessibility to my clients, and my predictable, no surprise flat fees will lead to a good attorney-client relationship with you.

Hourly Rates

Most work is done on a flat fee basis.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Later appointments available on request.

Office Manager

I hope you'll find all of my assistants and interns friendly and helpful.

Emergency After Hours

No

Other Offices

  • Offices of Jeff Vandrew Jr, Attorney-CPA
    3153 Fire Rd Ste 1A
    Egg Harbor Township,  NJ  08234
Estate Planning
Estate planning is important. For some people, a simple "vanilla" will or revocable living trust is sufficient, and I'm happy to assist.

But many people need more. For those people, I'm here to reduce burdens and address their concerns.
A good estate plan should address the following areas:

Reducing Death Taxes. Most people know that once their net worth rises above a certain level, they need to worry about planning for the federal estate tax. However, did you know that even if your net worth is far below the federal threshold, you may still need to plan for New Jersey Inheritance Tax and New Jersey Estate Tax? Planning with death taxes in mind means more money passing to your loved ones with less hassle after you are gone.

Protecting Your Children from their own Potential Future Divorce. The largest single threat to your loved ones' inheritances often is their potential future divorces. With proper planning using trusts, we can create a financial safety net for your loved ones that won't be lost even if if they find themselves in a messy divorce or bankruptcy.

Planning for Minors. If the worst were to happen and you were to leave your minor children behind, who would care for them? Who would manage the funds you left behind to finance their future education and other needs? These questions should be answered in a solid estate plan.

Planning for Your Own Future Health Issues. If you were unable to take care of yourself, who would you want to make decisions for you? You can avoid nasty family fights in the future by planning for this ahead of time. If you were to require nursing home care, would all of your assets be lost to the nursing home and Medicaid? Pre-planning can help ensure that doesn't happen.

Planning for the Unmarried and Childfree. Estate planning can be even more important for the unmarried and/or those without children. The New Jersey Inheritance Tax is inherently unfair and taxes the unmarried and childfree more than married individuals with children. This makes pre-planning for Inheritance Tax even more important.

Ongoing Maintenance of your Estate Plan. If you don't update your estate plan regularly, it becomes ineffective. Unfortunately, it's tough to remember to dig up your documents regularly and schedule a review with your attorney. You may not even know how frequently you should do so. The solution to this problem is my Concierge Lawyer Service, which takes all of the stress of remembering to review your affairs off of you. See the menu our website for further details.

I don't just draft documents. I take the extra step to reduce the stress and hassle associated with these issues.
Business
Starting and operating a new business is scary, and you shouldn't go at it alone. Unfortunately, making legal mistakes early on can have bad consequences down the line after your business has become successful. I am here to help.
I can file all the necessary paperwork to form your Corporation, LLC, or Limited Partnership.

I can provide advising on the best possible structure for your business from both a tax and non-tax perspective.
I can draft documents defining the rights and responsibilities of each owner, including Operating Agreements, Partnership Agreements, Corporate Bylaws, and Shareholder Agreements.

If you are purchasing a business or merging into an existing business, I can help every step of the way from negotiating and drafting the contract, to negotiating and drafting noncompete agreements, to due diligence, to closing. I can even assist in structuring the transaction in the most advantageous way in terms of both tax and non-tax concerns.

If you are selling your business, I am also here to assist. I can represent your interests in the negotiating and drafting of the contract of sale and guide you all the way through closing. I can also assist with bulk sales clearance to ensure that you aren't hit with tax liabilities years after the sale is complete.

I can also assist goods or services contracts, employment or independent contractor agreements, confidentiality agreements, non-compete agreements, or any other contract or transaction.
Commercial Real Estate
Real estate is a large investment. Don't go it alone.
Legal representation in real estate transactions is important to avoid costly mistakes. Many times parties move forward in real estate transactions without attorneys. The dangers of this approach aren't always evident until years down the line.

I can represent you in every phase of a real estate transaction, from negotiating the contract of sale to closing, for both commercial and residential transactions.
Nursing Home
Estate planning is important. For some people, a simple "vanilla" will or revocable living trust is sufficient, and I'm happy to assist.

But many people need more. For those people, I'm here to reduce burdens and address their concerns.
A good estate plan should address the following areas:

Reducing Death Taxes. Most people know that once their net worth rises above a certain level, they need to worry about planning for the federal estate tax. However, did you know that even if your net worth is far below the federal threshold, you may still need to plan for New Jersey Inheritance Tax and New Jersey Estate Tax? Planning with death taxes in mind means more money passing to your loved ones with less hassle after you are gone.

Protecting Your Children from their own Potential Future Divorce. The largest single threat to your loved ones' inheritances often is their potential future divorces. With proper planning using trusts, we can create a financial safety net for your loved ones that won't be lost even if if they find themselves in a messy divorce or bankruptcy.

Planning for Minors. If the worst were to happen and you were to leave your minor children behind, who would care for them? Who would manage the funds you left behind to finance their future education and other needs? These questions should be answered in a solid estate plan.

Planning for Your Own Future Health Issues. If you were unable to take care of yourself, who would you want to make decisions for you? You can avoid nasty family fights in the future by planning for this ahead of time. If you were to require nursing home care, would all of your assets be lost to the nursing home and Medicaid? Pre-planning can help ensure that doesn't happen.

Planning for the Unmarried and Childfree. Estate planning can be even more important for the unmarried and/or those without children. The New Jersey Inheritance Tax is inherently unfair and taxes the unmarried and childfree more than married individuals with children. This makes pre-planning for Inheritance Tax even more important.

Ongoing Maintenance of your Estate Plan. If you don't update your estate plan regularly, it becomes ineffective. Unfortunately, it's tough to remember to dig up your documents regularly and schedule a review with your attorney. You may not even know how frequently you should do so. The solution to this problem is my Concierge Lawyer Service, which takes all of the stress of remembering to review your affairs off of you. See the menu our website for further details.

I don't just draft documents. I take the extra step to reduce the stress and hassle associated with these issues.
Family
Estate planning is important. For some people, a simple "vanilla" will or revocable living trust is sufficient, and I'm happy to assist.

But many people need more. For those people, I'm here to reduce burdens and address their concerns.
A good estate plan should address the following areas:

Reducing Death Taxes. Most people know that once their net worth rises above a certain level, they need to worry about planning for the federal estate tax. However, did you know that even if your net worth is far below the federal threshold, you may still need to plan for New Jersey Inheritance Tax and New Jersey Estate Tax? Planning with death taxes in mind means more money passing to your loved ones with less hassle after you are gone.

Protecting Your Children from their own Potential Future Divorce. The largest single threat to your loved ones' inheritances often is their potential future divorces. With proper planning using trusts, we can create a financial safety net for your loved ones that won't be lost even if if they find themselves in a messy divorce or bankruptcy.

Planning for Minors. If the worst were to happen and you were to leave your minor children behind, who would care for them? Who would manage the funds you left behind to finance their future education and other needs? These questions should be answered in a solid estate plan.

Planning for Your Own Future Health Issues. If you were unable to take care of yourself, who would you want to make decisions for you? You can avoid nasty family fights in the future by planning for this ahead of time. If you were to require nursing home care, would all of your assets be lost to the nursing home and Medicaid? Pre-planning can help ensure that doesn't happen.

Planning for the Unmarried and Childfree. Estate planning can be even more important for the unmarried and/or those without children. The New Jersey Inheritance Tax is inherently unfair and taxes the unmarried and childfree more than married individuals with children. This makes pre-planning for Inheritance Tax even more important.

Ongoing Maintenance of your Estate Plan. If you don't update your estate plan regularly, it becomes ineffective. Unfortunately, it's tough to remember to dig up your documents regularly and schedule a review with your attorney. You may not even know how frequently you should do so. The solution to this problem is my Concierge Lawyer Service, which takes all of the stress of remembering to review your affairs off of you. See the menu our website for further details.

I don't just draft documents. I take the extra step to reduce the stress and hassle associated with these issues.
Real Estate
Real estate is a large investment. Don't go it alone.
Legal representation in real estate transactions is important to avoid costly mistakes. Many times parties move forward in real estate transactions without attorneys. The dangers of this approach aren't always evident until years down the line.

I can represent you in every phase of a real estate transaction, from negotiating the contract of sale to closing, for both commercial and residential transactions.
Tax
Because I'm licensed as both an attorney and a CPA, I have focused knowledge in the area of taxation. Whatever your issue, I'm available to help.
Whether you have a personal tax issue or something involving your small business, I can assist.
Probate
Losing a loved one can be a harrowing experience. The human aspects of such a loss can be tough enough without having to deal with the legal and financial aspects.
Losing a loved one can be a harrowing experience. The human aspects of such a loss can be tough enough without having to deal with the legal and financial aspects. There are debts to pay, assets to discover, and beneficiary rights to deal with, all while having to keep in mind a special set of legal rules known as "probate". If these rules aren't followed correctly, you may end up with personal liability for any mistakes you may have made.

Administering a loved one's estate through probate on your own can add to the stress of this difficult time. Instead of taking on this task alone, I can guide you through the probate administration of the estate, easing the burden on you as much as possible. I can assist you in collecting assets, distributing them properly, discharging debts, and fulfilling all of your legal obligations as executor or administrator of the estate. It is my goal to reduce the worry of your already stressful time.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I don't like litigation. By nature, I'm not an argumentative person. I would rather work collaboratively to achieve someone's goals than spend my time arguing with another attorney. That's why I've structured my entire practice around legal planning services that keep people out of the courtroom.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I am always glad to have an informed client. If you have some knowledge of legal issues, it usually makes it easier for me to explain the "legalese" of a situation. All I have to do is fill in the gaps in your knowledge.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review client prepared documents. Usually this goes one of two ways. Sometimes, with a simpler document, I am able to just review and suggest changes (if any need to be made). In a more complex situation, usually I review your document to determine your goals, and then I draft a document that meets those goals. Even in more complex situations where I end up drafting the final document, your initial document is usually still useful because it distills down exactly what you are trying to do, and I can usually use some of your language.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Unfortunately, the ethics rules that apply to attorneys make it very difficult for me to simply "coach" someone who is representing themselves. It is easier instead for me to just represent you as your attorney in the matter. If you choose to let me represent you as your attorney, I try to be upfront about my fees so that you can feel comfortable letting me represent you without worrying about racking up a huge bill.

Jeff Vandrew Jr, Attorney-CPA

Before opening my own firm, I worked for The Gregg M Heininger CPA Firm in Ocean City. Prior to that, I worked at the Law Offices of James H Pickering Jr in South Seaville, New Jersey.

For my individual estate planning clients, I believe that being both an attorney and CPA helps me not only consider the legal and human aspects of a will, trust, or other legal document, but also the tax aspects.

For my small business clients, I believe that being both an attorney and a CPA allows me to be their trusted advisor for all of their needs.

For my individual estate planning clients, I believe that being both an attorney and CPA helps me not only consider the legal and human aspects of a will, trust, or other legal document, but also the tax aspects.

I try to be friendly and keep things very casual. You will never catch anyone wearing a suit or tie in my office. It's my belief that being excessively formal doesn't make someone any more professional or knowledgeable.

I like the beach, baseball, and old cars. You will usually find my restored 1987 Chevrolet El Camino parked outside my office.
License
  • Bar Number: 017362007
    New Jersey , 2007
Education
  • Rutgers Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2007
    Camden, NJ
  • Rutgers University
    Bachelor's Degree , 2003
    New Brunswick, NJ

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