Below, in chronological order, is the annual roundup of the top 10 national elder law decisions for the year just ended, as measured by the number of “unique page views” of case summaries on the ElderLawAnswers website. Florida’s High Court Bars Non-Lawyers From Engaging in Medicaid Planning Florida’s Supreme Court ruled that non-lawyers who engage in various.. read more →

Happy New Year to clients, supporters, friends and readers. Last month, an article on this blog ranked the 25 most popular blog posts and website articles on the Vanarelli Law Office website in 2015. Since then, I decided to narrow my focus a little. In this post, I focused solely on blog posts, and created.. read more →

Happy New Year to clients, supporters, friends and readers. To celebrate the new year, we’ve ranked our most popular blog posts and website articles from this past year. For blog posts, the original post date is included after each hyperlinked title. Check out the list to see this year’s highlights and tell us what you’d.. read more →

The 18th Annual Elder and Disability Law Symposium was held on September 29, 2015 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, NJ. As in past years, I presented the case law update at the opening plenary session. This year I summarized 30 elder and disability law cases decided from September 2014 through August.. read more →

The 17th Annual Elder Law Retreat, presented by the New Jersey State Bar Association Elder and Disability Law Section, was held on April 21 – 23, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA. At least two significant events occurred at the Retreat this year. First, I was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing my “advocacy in elder and.. read more →

Below, in chronological order, is ElderLawAnswers‘ annual roundup of the top 10 elder law decisions for 2014. I’m happy to report that one of my cases, entitled Galletta v. Velez, is included in the “Top 10” list as No. 5 below. In the Galletta case, I represented the plaintiff, Alma Galletta, in a putative class action lawsuit filed in New Jersey federal district.. read more →

The 17th Annual Elder and Disability Law Symposium was held on September 17, 2014 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, NJ. Thank you to the 144 who attended the 17th Annual Symposium this year. As in past years, I gave the case law update at the opening plenary session by summarizing the.. read more →

The annual roundup of the top 10 11 elder law decisions from across the country for 2013 as prepared by staff at the ElderLawAnswers website is reproduced below. Almost all the cases hinged on the interpretation of state or federal Medicaid law.  Those purchasing annuities or transferring property in exchange for a promissory note did.. read more →

The following post contains a summary of the noteworthy trust cases decided by New Jersey courts in the past year and a half, in chronological order. I also included links to the articles about the cases posted on this blog.  (1)    Pfeifer v. Langone, 2012 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 429 (App. Div. Feb. 29, 2012)… read more →

Below, courtesy of the ElderLawAnswers website, is the annual roundup of the top 12 elder law decisions decided by federal and state courts in 2012. The cases were selected based upon readership as measured by the number of readers who “clicked through” to the full story in the website’s Weekly and Monthly e-letters. Links in.. read more →

Listed below are the posts on the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli Blog with the highest readership in 2012. Certain “Blue Water” Navy Vietnam Veterans Now Eligible For Agent Orange Presumptive Service-Connected Compensation Benefits Top 10 Veterans Service-Connected Disability Compensation Benefit Cases Decided By The Federal Circuit Top Ten New Jersey Elder and Disability.. read more →

As we age, the decrease in independence and concurrent increasing need for care which often occur can be a source of stress and conflict in many families. Adult children who must provide care to aging parents or who must make health care or financial decisions for dependent family members face tremendous challenges. Care-giving and decision-making.. read more →

(The 15th Annual Elder and Disability Law Symposium was held on October 3, 2012 at the New Jersey Law Center, in New Brunswick, NJ. This year, as in the past few years, I gave the case law update at the opening plenary session by summarizing the top ten (10) or so elder and disability law.. read more →

Below is a roundup of the top 10 national elder law decisions for the past year, as measured by the readers of the ElderLawAnswers website. 1. Medicaid Applicant’s Penalty Period Does Not Begin Until Returned Assets Are Spent Down In Marino v. Velez (U.S. Ct. App., 3rd Cir., No. 10-2324, Jan. 10, 2011), the U.S. Court of.. read more →

Listed below are the blog posts, articles and other content from the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli website and blog with the highest readership in 2011. Certain “Blue Water” Navy Vietnam Veterans Now Eligible For Agent Orange Presumptive Service-Connected Compensation Benefits Summary Of Changes To The Estate And Gift Tax Laws In 2011 And.. read more →

(The 14th Annual Elder and Disability Law Symposium was held on September 21, 2011 at the New Jersey Law Center, in New Brunswick, NJ. This year, along with a formal presentation on assigning income to special needs trusts, I gave the case law update at the opening plenary session by summarizing the top ten (10).. read more →

More than in prior years, this year I’ve been focused on preparing “top ten” lists.  Regular readers may have noticed this. I think I’ve prepared 6 “top ten” lists in the past few months, summarizing the top New Jersey cases decided in 2010 in the various areas of law that my law firm practices in,.. read more →

In January 2011, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) hosted the annual Family Law Symposium. This year an overflow crowd of over 700 family lawyers were in attendance, the largest audience to attend any program ever held by NJICLE. One presentation in the Family Law Symposium identified the “top 10 family law.. read more →

Special education law is complex. However, I believe that the following cases provide a favor of the issues involved in special education law. In selecting and summarizing the cases, I utilized a number of resources available on the internet. One particularly useful resource was The Right to Special Education in New Jersey – A Guide.. read more →

I compiled my selections for the top ten (10) New Jersey estate and probate litigation / will contest cases in 2010. For those cases I previously blogged about, a link to the blog post as well as the case is included below. (1)    Matter of the Estate of Jewell B. Sykes, Docket No. A-1109-09T2 (App… read more →

    Here are my selections for the top ten (10) New Jersey cases involving Special Needs Trusts / Disability Planning decided in 2009 and 2010. For those cases I previously blogged about,  a link to the blog post as well as the case is included below. (1)     Special Needs Trust Can Be Established Only.. read more →

Listed below are the blog posts, articles and other content from the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli website with the highest readership in 2010. For blog posts, the original post date is included after each hyperlinked title. Gift Tax Annual Exclusion Amount Unchanged In 2010 – October 31, 2009 “Blue Water” Navy Vietnam Veterans.. read more →

  I’m pleased to report that 2010 yielded a rich harvest of guardianship decisions from cases filed throughout New Jersey. I’ve also identified some great cases from 2009 that deserve placement on any “Top Ten” list. They are all well-reasoned opinions from a variety of trial and appellate court judges in our state. I had.. read more →