The issue in this appeal is whether a widow can modify the retirement application of her recently deceased husband, who was a member of the Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund (Pension Fund), even though his application was never approved because he selected a retirement option for which he was ultimately ineligible. David and Christine Minsavage.. read more →

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the amount taxpayers can deduct from their 2020 income as a result of buying long-term care insurance. Premiums for “qualified” long-term care insurance policies are tax deductible for the taxpayer, his or her spouse and other dependents to the extent that the premiums, along with other unreimbursed medical expenses.. read more →

In 1995, Frances and Larnie Shaw, prepared a number of estate planning documents. One of the documents, a testamentary trust created by Frances, was known as “Credit Shelter Trust.” Larnie and Janice, one of the Shaws’ three daughters, were designated as co-trustees of the Credit Shelter Trust. The Shaws’ other daughters were Carolyn and Shirley… read more →

On November 5, 2019, I presented at the Fall Meeting of the Essex/Hudson/Union Chapter of the New Jersey Association of Public Accountants held at Kean University in Hillside, New Jersey. I presented an overview of the various types of revocable and irrevocable trusts used by estate planners and by elder law and special needs planning.. read more →

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The decedent, Felix Fornaro, had two children: his daughter Linda (plaintiff) and his son Carmine (defendant). In December 2011, the decedent executed a Last Will and Testament leaving 80% of his estate Carmine and 10% to Linda, with the remainder passing to his grandchildren. A year later, Mr. Fornaro died. Linda challenged the 2011 will… read more →

We are pleased to announce that Donald D. Vanarelli has been recognized as a 2020 New Jersey Super Lawyer in Elder Law. This is the 14th consecutive year in which Mr. Vanarelli has been named to New Jersey’s Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have.. read more →

21st Annual Elder and Disability Law Symposium Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Elder and Disability Law Section Format/Skill Level: Meeting Location: APA Hotel Woodbridge, 120 S. Wood Ave Iselin, NJ 08830 Date: December 18, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will present at the 21st Annual Elder and Disability.. read more →

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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that helps people with disabilities and very low income and assets. Approximately 8.1 million Americans rely on a monthly SSI benefit to pay for their basic needs including rent, food, transportation, utilities, and healthcare co-pays. In order to qualify for SSI, you must be aged, blind or.. read more →

2019 Elder Law College Format/Skill Level: Meeting Location: Doubletree By Hilton, 690 Route 46 E Fairfield, NJ 07004 Date: December 10, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will present at the 2019 Elder Law College given by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education on December 10,.. read more →

D.N., a 38 year-old man, was seriously injured in an automobile accident, resulting in quadriplegia. D.N. cannot sit, stand, change positions on his own, or move his arms or legs. He needs to be repositioned when he sleeps to avoid bedsores and maintain skin integrity. As a result, D.N. is eligible to receive Medicaid assistance.. read more →

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On October 11, 2016, the decedent’s 2014 will was admitted to probate by her niece Frances (the “defendant-executor”). Therefore, pursuant to R. 4:85-1 of the New Jersey Rules of Court, a complaint seeking to contest the will should have been filed within 4 months of probate, or in this case, by February 10, 2017. However,.. read more →

A new report finds that almost no retirees are making financially optimal decisions about when to take Social Security and are losing out on more than $100,000 per household in the process. Social Security benefits are fundamental to the financial security of most retirees. About 50% of current retirees report that more than half of.. read more →

The Medical Side of Elder Law 2019 Location: New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Sq. New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Date: November 20, 2018 Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will present at the 2019 “The Medical Side of Elder Law” seminar given by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.. read more →

On September 19, 2019, I presented at the 2019 Fall Conference given by the Aging Life Care Association (Formerly the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers) at the Asbury Hotel in Asbury Park, New Jersey. My presentation was an overview of the various types of irrevocable trusts used by elder law and special needs planning.. read more →

The needs-based pension program from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a disability benefits program available to compensate veterans for non-service-connected disabilities. Like the VA compensation program, the pension program is based upon disability. However, unlike the VA compensation program, the pension program is also based on income and need, and the veteran’s disability.. read more →

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Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will present at the 2019 ALCA – New Jersey Fall Conference given by the Aging Life Care Association (Formerly the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers) on September 19, 2019 at the Asbury Hotel, 210 5th Ave, Asbury Park, New Jersey.  This is a full day program, from 8:00.. read more →

T.M., a 23 year old disabled woman, has spinal muscular atrophy, is paralyzed, and is dependent on a ventilator to breathe. She resides with her grandmother who is also her primary caregiver. For many years, T.M. had been receiving private duty nursing (PDN) and personal care assistance (PCA) services through Medicaid under the Early and.. read more →

H.T. was admitted to a nursing home in Union City, NJ. Soon thereafter, a Medicaid application for the Nursing Home Medicaid program was filed on H.T.’s behalf. Under the Medicaid regulations, applicants for the Nursing Home Medicaid Program must be found clinically eligible to qualify for benefits. After an evaluation by the Medicaid agency to.. read more →

L.A., a nursing home resident, applied for Medicaid benefits to pay for long-term care costs. G.A., L.A.’s husband, and L.A. employed a firm to assist them with the Medicaid application process. Although years before filing the Medicaid application G.A. and L.A. transferred their home into a revocable trust, the firm failed to provide copies of.. read more →

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The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli is committed to providing clients with the highest level of professionalism, compassionate service, personal attention and legal expertise. We provide a broad range of legal services for seniors, the disabled and their families. We guide our clients through the complex areas of elder law, estates and trusts, special.. read more →

New Jersey’s Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics (ACPE) considered the following inquiry: May a lawyer insert, or pay an internet search engine company to insert, a hyperlink on the name of a competitor lawyer that will divert the user from the searched-for website owned by the competitor to the lawyer’s own law firm website. The.. read more →

On Labor Day, We Pay Tribute To The Contributions And Achievements Of American Workers Take A Moment This Weekend To Remember The Men And Women Who Fought For The Weekends, The Minimum Wages, The Healthcare, And The Paid Vacations That We Enjoy At the Vanarelli Law Firm, We Work Hard for Our Clients Every Day.. read more →

The 2019 “Elder Law in a Day” Seminar: Learn How To Handle Elder Law Issues And Cases Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will present at the 2019 “Elder Law in a Day” seminar given by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education on January 29, 2020 at the New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution.. read more →

Medicaid is a critical lifeline for many low-income, elderly, or disabled New Jersey residents who, without Medicaid, would have no access to health insurance or to a critical source of funds to pay for long-term care costs or nursing home admission. However, the Medicaid eligibility process is incredibly confusing and tedious. Under the current Medicaid.. read more →

For additional information concerning NJ elder law and special needs planning visit: NJ Elder Law and Estate Planning Services   _______________________________________________ ABOUT DONALD D. VANARELLI Donald D. Vanarelli has been a practicing attorney since 1983 in New Jersey and New York. Don provides legal services in the areas of elder law, estate planning, trust administration, special.. read more →

Moses Ratowsky created an irrevocable trust for the benefit of his grandson, Daniel Schreiber (hereinafter the grandson). Petitioners, the co-trustees of the irrevocable trust, filed an application to appoint the principal of the trust to a new special needs trust that would allow the grandson to retain the benefits of the original trust while preserving.. read more →

E.S. was admitted to Brookdale Assisted Living Facility (Brookdale) in April 2015. E.S. was paying for care privately from her own savings at that time. Realizing in December 2016 that E.S.’s financial resources would cover the cost of care for only a few more months, B.S., E.S.’s daughter and authorized representative, asked Brookdale to start.. read more →

Latest Data Indicate Low Staffing Is Both Persistent and Persuasive Staffing is perhaps the most important factor in a nursing home resident’s quality of care and ability to live with dignity. Staffing is also widely considered to be the most important indicator of a nursing home’s safety and quality. Unfortunately, inadequate nursing home staffing is a.. read more →

In August 1998, M.A., and her daughter, also named M.A., opened a bank account at Hudson United Bank, which is now TD Bank. M.A.’s daughter contributed all of the funds to the bank account. While both petitioner and her daughter each had a legal right to independently withdraw funds from the bank account, petitioner never.. read more →

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