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 presented 30 elder and special needs law cases. Following is a summary of of my.. read more →

New legal ethics guidelines developed by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association impose a duty of technology competence on New York lawyers. Although they are advisory in nature, the guidelines state that all New York lawyers must develop appropriate social media skills. For example, Guideline No. 1 recognizes.. read more →

Clients often come to my office seeking a solution to the following problem: the client has lost Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid coverage due to the receipt of Social Security benefits on a parent’s record based upon the retirement, death or disability of the parent. The client asks if it’s possible to continue receiving.. read more →

The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli is proud to announce that Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. has been named as a “Super Lawyer” on the 2015 New Jersey Super Lawyers list. This is the 9th consecutive year in which Mr. Vanarelli has been named to the Super Lawyers list in New Jersey. The Super Lawyers website.. read more →

Summary of Presentation: Pensions and Special Needs Trusts Special Needs Trusts (SNTs): Special needs trusts are estate planning devices that are specifically permitted under federal and state Medicaid law, which further New Jersey’s public policy regarding the rights of the disabled. Types of SNTs: Special needs trusts may be “first party” or “self-settled” trusts (“d(4)(a).. read more →

Assets Belonging To Incompetent Medicaid Recipient Discovered By Children Who Had Power Of Attorney Held Countable http://bit.ly/ac5bJW read more →

Fed court in New Orleans awards 7 Virginia families $2.6M damages for homes ruined by sulfur-emitting Chinese drywall. http://bit.ly/dzNaEK read more →

New publication by Civil Rights Division of DOJ outlines rights of returning veterans with disabilities under the ADA. http://bit.ly/9LRHVL read more →

Attend the NJ State Bar Assn’s Elder And Disability Law Retreat, Cape May, NJ, April 22-23, 2010 http://bit.ly/cCYNQT http://bit.ly/9BDMBM read more →

New report shows that a lack of financial security is the fearful reality for a large percentage of LGBT older adults. http://bit.ly/aaysPp read more →

Divorcing couple can use collaborative divorce to achieve resolution peacefully even though they don’t get along. http://bit.ly/dqbUIG read more →

Appeals ct reverses attys fee award to Medicaid applicant wrongly denied benefits & removed from facility for non-paymt http://bit.ly/90OIup read more →

Fed ct permanently enjoins NJ imposing ‘never ending” penalty for gifts made by applicants for Medicaid waiver benefits http://bit.ly/cuOioO read more →

American Assn of Life Underwriters recent report finds “uncertainty remains in the Senate” concerning estate tax reform http://bit.ly/ciXPFY read more →

Rutgers Poll finds 48% of NJ residents support the new health care law, 40% oppose it and 12% are undecided. http://bit.ly/bTY5S1 read more →

Kansas Supreme Court rejects legal action seeking to reverse cuts in services for people with disabilities. http://bit.ly/dlgaAX read more →

My article on the effect of financial exploitation on elder’s eligibility for Medicaid published in the NAELA Journal. http://bit.ly/8Z9iA5 read more →

N. Carolina Bar is first to consider an ethics opinion on cloud-computing or web-based services in legal profession. http://bit.ly/b6mgM0 read more →

“Flash mob” in South Orange, NJ prompt police to monitor text messages,Twitter and Facebook to prevent future violence. http://bit.ly/diqUcL read more →

Checklist of common early warning signs indicating your child falls somewhere on the autism spectrum. http://bit.ly/9zaIJx read more →

NJ Sup Ct Widens Cleric-Penitent Privilege-Includes Statements an “objectively reasonable” person believes confidential http://bit.ly/dzNaEK read more →

NJ taxpayers in 11 counties have until May 11 (not April 15) to file their 2009 Income Tax Returns. @DeirdreWheatley http://bit.ly/b0aqtH read more →

Dissent Calls Majority Opinion “Indefensible”, Creating A “Kafkaeque Adjudicatory Process” For Disabled Veterans. http://bit.ly/bLFYn5 read more →

NJ lags behind most states in processing Social Security Disability claims, taking 16 months before holding a hearing. http://bit.ly/dwYfb7 read more →

Adults with autism-related disabilities are challenged in areas of social life, employment, housing, and health care. http://huff.to/bir1RY read more →