Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. ( 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 →

You are invited to attend our upcoming Free Seminar – “Planning for the Catastrophic Costs of Long-Term Care” on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at 4:00 PM at the  Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli,  242 St. Paul Street, Westfield, NJ 07090. Light food and drink will be served. Please join Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq., Certified Elder Law.. 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 education,.. read more →

Free Seminar “Planning For The Catastrophic Costs Of Long-Term Care”      Wednesday, April  3, 2019   4:00 PM Free Seminar  Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli 242 St. Paul Street Westfield, NJ 07090   Health care issues increase as we age, and become more complex. Please join Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq., Certified Elder Law Attorney,.. read more →

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. ( will provide an overview of the use of Special Needs Trusts (SNTs) by disabled persons so as to prevent an applicant’s financial assets and income from impacting eligibility for needs-based public benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, services from the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), Section 8 Housing and.. read more →

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. ( will facilitate a discussion at the upcoming  “Unprogram” presented by the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys on April 25, 2018 at the Wyndham Hotel in the Philadelphia Historic District, 400 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA. The UnProgram is a forum in which elder law practitioners.. read more →

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. ( will present at the 20th Annual Elder and Disability Law 2-Day Retreat to be held on April 26-27, 2018 at the Wyndham Hotel in the Philadelphia Historic District, 400 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA by the New Jersey State Bar Association Elder &  Disability Law Section and the New Jersey Institute for.. read more →

Last year, the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC), an important voice for low-income seniors for the past 43 years, launched a new name and tagline—Justice in Aging:  Fighting Senior Poverty Through Law. The focus of the organization continues to be advocacy and litigation to secure the rights of low-income seniors, and education and training of advocates.. read more →

President Obama has proclaimed November 2016 as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. The President has called upon the people of the United States “to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and support the individuals living with this disease and their caregivers.” Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills.. read more →

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. ( will present at the 2016 CONFERENCE ON GUARDIANSHIP given by the Guardianship Association of New Jersey, Inc. (GANJI) on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, NJ Contested guardianships typically involve disputes among adult siblings concerning the safety, living arrangements, autonomy and financial management of.. read more →

We wish each of you a wonderful new year with many smiles, great health, new adventures, prosperity and joy. Happy New Year, from all of us at the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli. For additional information concerning NJ elder law: read more →

The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the NJ State Bar Association Elder and Disability Law Section are presenting the 19th Annual Sophisticated Elder Law Forum on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at the New Jersey Law Center from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This annual event features a panel of experienced elder lawyers.. read more →

Attorney Donald D. Vanarelli, the founder of our law firm, will be presenting at the following workshops and seminars in upcoming months: 1. Mr. Vanarelli will be presenting a workshop entitled “Legal and Financial Considerations” at the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference to be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at Union County College, Cranford, NJ.  Workshop.. read more →

On June 27, 2013, attorney Donald D. Vanarelli will be moderating a panel of speakers at a seminar sponsored by New Jersey’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) entitled “Special Needs Trusts: Key Strategies for Successful Planning and Administration.” A distinguished panel of estate and elder law practitioners will speak at the ICLE seminar: Dana.. read more →

On March 25, 2013, attorney Donald D. Vanarelli will be addressing the Office of the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly on the topic of Elder Mediation / Negotiation Skills at the Ombudsman’s Quarterly Regional Meeting held in Freehold, New Jersey. In attendance will be NJ’s State Ombudsman, Jim McCracken, his investigative staff and Volunteer Advocates. .. read more →

Our Estate/Probate and Elder Mediation Training program, held yesterday at the New Jersey Law Center, was very successful. Excellent turn-out and program quality. The attendees were very diverse, including attorneys, care managers, social workers, financial professionals, medical providers and others. Wonderful audience feedback. Many thanks to all presenters, including geriatric care managers Judith Parnes, Connie.. read more →

Last month, as in previous years, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) held its annual “UnProgram” in Dallas. It’s one of my favorite NAELA events. Elder law practitioners and special needs / disability law attorneys from around the country met in small groups (of 5 to 15 or so) to brainstorm, network, exchange.. read more →

Keeping the Peace Through Elder Mediation Training Schedule Registration and Breakfast 1. Introduction (Donald Vanarelli) Elder Mediation in New Jersey NJAPM Special Interest Section Goals of Training Session Housekeeping items 2. “Setting the Stage” (Theater Group/Gabrielle Strich/Benni Versaci) 3. What is Elder Mediation? (Donald Vanarelli) Goals of Elder Mediation Overview of Presenting Issues in Elder.. read more →

Don Vanarelli’s Unofficial List of the TOP TEN REASONS TO ATTEND THIS YEAR’S ELDER LAW RETREAT 10.     You’ll be able to hobnob with the attorneys who put the “Elder” in Elder Law. 9.     If you’re in Cape May, you’re not in your office. 8.     Congress Hall hotel has 2 bars and 1.. read more →

Each year, the Elder and Disability Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association holds its annual Elder Law Retreat, an exciting two day event for practitioners and others interested in improving the lives of the aged and disabled in our State. As Vice-Chair of the Section this year, I am in charge of.. read more →