Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. to Present on Guardianships and Medicaid Planning at the 2021 Elder Law College

2021 Elder Law College

Format/Skill Level: ZOOM Webinar
Location: Online
Date: June 15, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM ET

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. ( will present at the 2021 Elder Law College given by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education on June 15, 2021 via ZOOM videoconference webinar.

Mr. Vanarelli will discuss guardianships and Medicaid planning. Medicaid planning involves the strategic transfer of assets to accelerate eligibility for Medicaid benefits. Mr. Vanarelli will provide an overview of the laws governing guardianships in the context of Medicaid planning. He will cover the case law framework for Medicaid planning in New Jersey and set forth the additional requirements an applicant must meet when requesting Court authorization for Medicaid planning during a guardianship lawsuit. 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

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

The Elder Law College agenda follows:

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Mark R. Friedman, Esq.
Chair , NJSBA Elder and Disability Law Section
Friedman Law, Bridgewater


Speakers include:
Dana E. Bookbinder, Esq.
Bookbinder Law, LLC, Marlton
Constantina Koulosousas, Esq.
Edward Wacks & Associates, LLC, Whippany
Rekha Rao, Esq.
Rao Legal Group, LLC, Princeton
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
Vanarelli & Li, LLC, Westfield

About the Program
This popular annual program will introduce you to Elder Law and the various topics it entails. All new for 2021, the day-long seminar will provide you with the latest on Medicaid Planning and Eligibility, Guardianships, Special Needs Trusts, and more unique issues like Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias in Elder Law. 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. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask these experts whatever it is you want to know. Get the most essential information and equip yourself to confidently handle Elder Law matters in your practice. Don’t miss out!


Topics include:
Introduction to guardianship
Medicaid planning and guardianships
Applying for Medicaid basics – how to submit an application, PAS, QIT
Medicaid planning basics
Medicaid application appeals – fair hearings, agency decision, etc.
Estate planning basics – will, POA, and ADH
Special needs trusts and disability benefits
Other programs that benefit seniors, such as PAAD, SeniorGold, affordable housing, and working with county office on aging
Diversity, inclusion, and elimination of bias in Elder Law


CLE Credits:
NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 6.3 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 1.0 qualify as hours of credit for diversity and inclusion.


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 guardianships and fiduciary services, visit:

NJ Guardianship and Fiduciary Services

For additional information concerning Medicaid and public benefits planning, visit:

NJ Medicaid and Public Benefits Planning