2021 Elder Law College–Second Semester

Format/Skill Level: Webinar 

Location: Online 

Date: December 1, 2021 

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will present at the 2021 Elder Law College–Second Semester given by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education on December 1, 2021 via ZOOM videoconference webinar.

Mr. Vanarelli will discuss “End-of-Life” legal issues, including patients’ decision-making capacity and right to refuse treatment; withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment, including nutrition and hydration, as set forth in advance medical directives; POLST forms; DNR Orders; hospice and palliative care; and assisted suicide. For additional information regarding this event, readers may contact the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) at 732-214-8500 or visit their website at http://www.njicle.com/.

For additional information regarding guardianship lawsuits and Medicaid planning, as well as Will Contests, probate litigation, and elder law and estate planning issues, contact Vanarelli & Li, LLC at 908-232-7400, or visit online at http://VanarelliLaw.com/.

The Elder Law College agenda follows:

Cathyanne A. Pisciotta, Esq.
Pisciotta & Menasha, Attorneys at Law, LLC, North Brunswick
Speakers include:
Beth L. Barnhard, Esq.
Harwood Lloyd, LLC, Hackensack
John W. Callinan, Esq.
Law Offices of John W. Callinan, Wall
Linda Ershow-Levenberg, Esq.
Fink, Rosner Ershow-Levenberg, Marinaro, LLC, Clark
Brian Gilbert, Esq.
Pisciotta & Menasha, Attorneys at Law, LLC, North Brunswick
Dan Jurkovic, Esq.
Law Offices Daniel Jurkovic, P.C., Rutherford
Shana Siegel, Esq.
Norris McLaughlin, PA, Bridgewater
Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq.

Past Chair, NJSBA Elder and Disability Law Section
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, by the NJ State Bar Association
Certified Elder Law Attorney, Accredited by the American Bar Association
Accredited Veterans Attorney, by the Department of Veterans Affairs
Law Office of Vanarelli & Li, LLC, Westfield


About The Program:


Are you interested in Elder Law or do you have a basic understanding of Elder Law, but want to expand on it? Then this is the program for you! The day-long seminar will provide you with the latest on Medicaid Planning and Eligibility, Guardianships, End of Life Issues, and more! As an attendee, you will hear directly from top Elder Law experts as they share time-proven strategies and practical information that you can immediately put to use in your practice. Get the most essential information and equip yourself to confidently handle Elder Law matters in your practice. Don’t miss out!


Program Agenda:
9:00 The New Guardianship Requirements for Petitioners and Court Appointed
Attorneys – Brian Gilbert, Esq.
9:45 Top Mistakes Executors and Fiduciaries Make – Beth L. Barnhard, Esq.
10:35 Medicaid Planning Update – John W. Callinan, Esq.
11:20 Break
11:30 End of Life Issues: Advance Directives, POLST, DNR, Hospice and Appointment of Health Care Representative – Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq.
12:20 Lunch
1:20 Basics of Fair Hearings – Linda Ershow-Levenberg, Esq.
2:10 Beyond the Form: Drafting Powers of Attorney that Empower and Protect Your
Client – Shana Siegel, Esq.
2:50 Ethics, Social Media and the Internet – Dan Jurkovic, Esq.;
Cathyanne A. Pisciotta, Esq.
3:50 Q&A
4:00 Adjourn


Donald D. Vanarelli

Donald D. Vanarelli is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, Certified by the National Elder Law Foundation, an ABA-certifying organization. In addition to being one of only about 500 attorneys who have been Certified in Elder Law in the United States, Mr. Vanarelli is also one of about 100 members of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, selected for this honor by his fellow practitioners.

Don also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Elder and Disability Law Section. The Lifetime Achievement Award, the Elder and Disability Law Section’s highest honor, is bestowed on an attorney with an established history of distinguished service who has made significant contributions in the field of elder and disability law throughout his or her career. Don is also an Accredited Veterans Attorney,  an Accredited Professional Mediator and a Past Chair of the Elder and Disability Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Don is actively involved in trial advocacy on behalf of elderly and disabled citizens, and has successfully litigated cases in New Jersey’s Supreme Court and in federal court.  Don was lead counsel representing the plaintiff in a seminal estate planning / guardianship / Medicaid planning case entitled In re Keri, 181 N.J. 50 (2004), in which the New Jersey Supreme Court, for the first time, permitted guardians to engage in public benefits planning to obtain Medicaid eligibility for their wards. Don also represented the plaintiff in a pivotal case entitled Saccone v. Police and Firemen’s Retirement System, 219 N.J. 369 (2014) in which the New Jersey Supreme Court, for the first time, permitted a special needs trust to be designated as the beneficiary of a state pension. Don was also co-counsel representing the plaintiff in Galletta v. Velez, Civil No. 13-532 (D.N.J. June 3, 2014) in which a federal court ruled, for the first time, that a pension from the Department of Veterans Affairs may not be counted as income in determining Medicaid eligibility.

Don represents seniors and disabled persons in estate planning, financing long-term medical care, nursing home issues, qualifying for Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid and other public benefits, special needs planning, and litigation, including probate, elder abuse and guardianship lawsuits.

For additional information concerning NJ elder law and special needs planning visit:

NJ Elder Law and Estate Planning Services