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About me

I have practiced exclusively in the area of estate planning, estate administration, wills, trusts, and probate for thirteen years and am the founder of the Law Offices of Edward J. Smelter II located in East Brunswick, New Jersey.  With a practice focusing on estate administration and estate tax and business planning, I work to preserve the wealth, independence, and peace of mind of my clients.

               Admitted to the practice of law in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, I am a member of the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Middlesex County, and American Bar Associations.

I earned my Juris Doctor degree at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where I was named to the Dean’s List and helped found the school’s Corporate Law Society.  I received my undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance from Temple University, where I graduated magna cum laude.

I previously served on the Educational Advisory Board of the AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEYS and have spoken extensively on the topics of Estate Planning and Estate Administration.

In 2006, I completed work on “Guiding Those Left Behind In New Jersey: Settling the Affairs of Your Loved One” with co-author Amelia E. Pohl, Esq.  The book is a layman’s guide to estate administration in New Jersey and also serves as a primer  for certain basic estate planning issues.

Away from the office, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Carol, and my children Arielle and Jacob.  I am also an avid reader and a diehard fan of the Philadelphia Phillies.



Contact info

Law Office of Edward J. Smeltzer II

180B Tices Lane, Suite 103
East Brunswick, NJ, 08816

Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 25%
    19 years
  2. Probate: 20%
    19 years
  3. Wills: 15%
    19 years
  4. Trusts: 10%
    19 years
  5. Other: 30%
  6. More 



Hourly ($300-500/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
New Jersey Rising StarsNew Jersey Monthly Magazine2012
New Jersey Rising StarsNew Jersey Monthly2011
New Jersey Rising StarsLaw & Politics Magazine2008
New Jersey Rising StarsLaw & Politics Magazine2007
New Jersey Rising StarsLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Edward J. Smeltzer II2008 - Present
PartnerLevine, Furman & Smeltzer, LLC1998 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Middlesex County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
New Jersey Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Co-Authored a BookGuiding Those Left Behind in New Jersey2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Temple UniversityAccounting and FinanceOther - Bachelors1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New Jersey Association of Public Accountants - Central Jersey ChapterFederal and New Jersey Estate Taxes 2010 and Beyond2011
Martin Salmanowitz Senior Social ClubPlanning for the New Jersey Estate Tax2011
The New Jersey Association of Public Accountants - Central Jersey Chapter - General MeetingThe New Jersey Estate Tax Return - Preparation and Planning Considerations2010