Vanarelli & Li, LLC is proud to announce that Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. has been named to the 2017 Super Lawyers list in Elder Law. This is the 11th consecutive year in which Mr. Vanarelli has been named to the Super Lawyers list in New Jersey.

Elder Law, which includes Special Needs Planning, is a legal specialty focusing on the legal needs of seniors and people with disabilities. The major legal practice areas within Elder Law and Special Needs Planning include estate planning and trust administration; probate litigation and will contests; disability planning, including guardianships and special needs trusts; the protection of the elderly and disabled against abuse, neglect, and  exploitation; and, public benefits planning for long-term care, including Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and  Medicaid.

The Super Lawyers website notes that “Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.” Each candidate for the Super Lawyer title is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement to ensure that only the best in the business are selected for this recognition. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. There are more than 85,000 attorneys practicing in New Jersey in 55 specialty categories, but only 5% are named to the Super Lawyers list each year.

In 2007, the New Jersey Supreme Court appointed a Special Master to conduct an investigation into the validity of the selection methodology used by “Super Lawyers” and other attorney ranking services. After a year-long investigation, the Special Master issued a 300+ page report, concluding that the “Super Lawyers” methodology for selecting outstanding attorneys was valid. As a result, in 2008 our Supreme Court, for the first time, permitted attorneys to publicly identify themselves as having been selected for inclusion in the list of “New Jersey Super Lawyers.” In re Opinion 39 of the Committee on Attorney Advertising, 197 N.J. 66 (2008)

Vanarelli & Li, LLC congratulates Mr. Vanarelli on being named to the Super Lawyers List in New Jersey in 2017, for the 11th consecutive year.

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