Organizations to Contact for New Jersey
Probate and Estate Administration Questions
The following numbers are for your reference. Please note that some of these numbers are specific to New Jersey and may not apply in other states:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
The state or federal VA can answer your questions about benefits for those who have served in the armed forces and their families.
Social Security Administration
(800) 772-1213 (EST 7am-7pm M-F) or www.ssa.gov.
If you are the spouse or dependent child of the deceased, you may be eligible for benefits under Social Security, which may include monthly payments and a lump sum death payment. You must apply for these benefits upon the death of the person who contributed to Social Security; benefits are not automatic. Due to constant changes in the law, call the number above for additional information.
NJ State Inheritance and Estate Tax Office
(609) 292-5033 (Customer Service Center)
Federal Estate and Inheritance Tax Offices
There are twelve local NJ IRS offices. To get a local number or speak with an IRS representative call (877) 777-4778 or to speak with the Taxpayer Advocate Service, NJ office, call (973) 921-4043
The following organizations accept donations of clothing, personal effects or medical/surgical supplies, and may even be willing to pickup some items.
Goodwill of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey
Phone: 718-728-5400; Fax: 718-728-9023
Goodwill of Southern New Jersey
Phone: 856-439-0200; Fax: 856-439-0843
Vietnam Veterans of America Association
Phone: 908-851-9300 to find a donation box or Salvation Army store near you. www.salvationarmyusa.org
The Lions Club distributes used eyeglasses to the needy. For information on donating eyeglasses contact your local Lions Club or go to http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/index.shtml and select "Vision Program". Email the New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center, Inc. at email@example.com or write Lions Club International, 300 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842
New Eyes for the Needy strives to improve the vision of the less fortunate by purchasing new eyeglasses in the United States and recycling donated glasses for distribution in developing nations worldwide. Contact them on the web or at 549 Millburn Avenue, P.O. Box 332, Short Hills, New Jersey 07078.
Phone: 973-376-4903; Fax No. 973-376-3807
Hear Now is a national non-profit program committed to assisting deaf and hard-of-hearing persons with limited financial resources. The group collects hearing aids for recycling purposes. Any make or model, regardless of age, can be donated to the hearing and recycling program. Contact them on the web or at 6700 Washington Avenue South Eden Prairie, MN 55344.
Pacemakers. Federal regulations prohibit person-to-person donations of pacemakers, but allows recycled pacemakers to be implanted in animals. Call your local veterinary school, veterinarian, email the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine with headquarters in Lakewood, CO, firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 800-245-9081. In addition, some pacemaker manufacturers would like you to return the devices to them for testing. For more information contact AdvaMed at 202-783-8700 or visit www.advamed.org
Many community hospitals operate non-profit thrift shops run by volunteers. Call your local hospital for information.
Some churches hold rummage sales to raise funds for operating costs and charities. Contact your church for additional information.
Crutches, canes, and walkers can be donated to a senior outreach program in your community or your local Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.