NJ Elder Law and Estate Planning Services

The New Jersey Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli is pleased to provide the following Elder Law and Estate Planning legal services to New Jersey and New York residents:

  • Medicaid and Public Benefits Planning

    The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli devotes a significant portion of its practice to the field of elder law, a legal specialty focusing on the special needs and legal problems of seniors, the disabled and their families.
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  • Medicaid Applications

    Before filing a Medicaid application, the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli prepares a comprehensive evaluation of each client’s unique family and financial situation. Based upon the evaluation, the Law Firm provides planning recommendations that are custom-made for each client.
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  • Medicaid Appeals

    After an application is submitted, the Medicaid agency will eventually make an eligibility determination, and the application either will be approved or denied. If an application is denied, the applicant has a right to appeal that decision by requesting an administrative fair hearing. Denials are often made in error and an appeal is necessary to correct the error.
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Did You Know?

The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli serves NJ residents in the following counties:

  • Special Needs and Disability Planning

    When parents can no longer care for their children due to disability or death, caregiving responsibility falls on siblings, other family members, and the community. Frequently, expenses increase dramatically when care previously provided by parents must instead be provided by professionals. The Law Firm helps the disabled population through planning services focusing on special needs trusts and accessing available public benefits.
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  • Guardianships and Fiduciary Services

    The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli provides services to clients as legal counsel and professional fiduciary. Mr. Vanarelli is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, a National Certified Guardian and a Guardian and Court Evaluator in New York State. This combination of credentials allows Mr. Vanarelli and his firm to offer a wide variety of fiduciary services to clients.
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  • Will Contests and Probate Litigation

    At the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli, our litigators and trusts and estates lawyers bring their experience and knowledge to a wide range of probate litigation, estate disputes and contested guardianships. We seek the prompt resolution of disputes, while protecting and advancing our client’s interests at all times. Trial attorneys and trusts and estates counsel work together to resolve probate, estate and/or guardianship litigation.
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  • Elder Abuse Actions

    Elder abuse, neglect and exploitation take many forms, including physical and psychological abuse of an elderly person, theft of elderly person’s money or property, and the intentional or unintentional failure to provide care to an elderly person.
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  • Nursing Home Law and Litigation

    Nursing homes are private institutions that furnish shelter, food and care for sick, aged, or infirm persons. They are not hospitals, in that they do not necessarily render actual medical treatment, but they may be considered hospitals for certain purposes. Nursing home residents are protected by both New Jersey State and U.S. Federal regulations.
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  • Estate Planning and Administration

    Estate planning is important, no matter what the size of your estate may be. Through estate planning, you ensure that your assets will be distributed to your intended beneficiaries after your death. You also may delay or defer the payment of federal and state estate and inheritance taxes, save money on court costs and attorneys’ fees, and prevent squabbling among your heirs and financial confusion after your death. You may also avoid the probate process. In addition, careful planning can protect your estate assets against your possible future mental or physical incapacity and the catastrophic costs of long-term medical and nursing care.
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  • VA Compensation and Pension Benefits

    The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli represents veterans and their families seeking compensation or pension benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA compensation is a disability benefit to compensate veterans for service-connected disabilities. VA pension is a needs-based benefit paid to veterans who served during a period of wartime, have limited income and resources, and are over age 65 or totally disabled.
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  • Social Security Disability Appeals

    You have the right to have an attorney represent you in your Social Security disability benefits. Statistics have shown that claimants represented by attorneys have been successful more often than those without attorney representation. At the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli, we practice before the Social Security Administration and can guide you through the maze of Social Security regulations and procedures.
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  • Family Law Services

    The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli provides a full range of family law services, from the initial interview through discovery, trial and, if necessary, appeal. Our attorneys provide legal services with integrity, professionalism and respect for our clients. We accomplish our mission by listening to client goals and then applying the relevant New Jersey law.
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  • Mediation

    The Law Firm offers alternatives to litigating family conflicts through the use of mediation. Mediation may be an appropriate method of resolving various conflicts, including in the family law and the elder law context. Couples who are facing the difficult prospect of divorce have a critical decision to make: whether to pursue the divorce using the “traditional” litigation model; or whether to consider an alternative model, such as divorce mediation.
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  • Collaborative Law

    “Collaborative law” is the art and practice of settling cases with legal counsel, but without court intervention at any stage. The essence of collaborative law is the shared belief by the participants that it is in the best interests of parties and their families to avoid litigation.
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Additional Information

For additional information regarding the Estate Planning and Elder Law Services of the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli, call us at 908-232-7400 or click here to contact us online.

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