Estate and Disability Planning Video Series


Estate and Disability Planning presented by Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. This 4-part video series covers a number of crucial elder law topics for New Jersey senior citizens including disability planning, guardianships, power of attorney, advance medical directives, estate planning, long-term care planning, government long-term care benefits, last wills and testaments, intestacy, probate, estate contracts, joint ownerships, New Jersey estate tax, inheritance taxes, long-term care insurance, nursing home costs, assisted living facilities, custodial care, Medicare, Medicaid, VA benefits, income limits and caps, home health care, home health aides, assisted living facilities, and more.

Disability Planning for NJ Seniors (Video 1 of 4)

Video 1 Topics:

Disability Planning discusses Guardianships, Conservatorships, Power of Attorney, Representative Payeeships (SSA and SSI), Joint Tenancies (including joint bank accounts), Advance Medical Directives (living wills), Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders, Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, and more.

Estate Planning for NJ Seniors (Video 2 of 4)

Video 2 Topics:

Estate Planning discusses Estate Administration, Intestacy, Last Wills and Testaments, Probate, Contracts Estates, Joint Ownerships, Federal Taxes, New Jersey Estate Tax and Inheritance Taxes, Gift Taxes, Portability, Life Insurance, Trusts, and more.

Long-Term Care Planning for NJ Seniors (Video 3 of 4)

Video 3 Topics:

Long-Term Care Planning discusses Custodial Care, Assisted Living Facilities, Long-Term Care Insurance, Nursing Home Costs, Medicaid, VA Benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, and more.

Government Long-Term Care Benefits for NJ Seniors (Video 4 of 4)

Video 4 Topics:

Government Long-Term Care Benefits discusses Medicaid, Income Limits and Caps, Medicare, Home Health Aides, Home Health Care, Nursing Home Care, Assisted Living Facilities, Long-Term Care Insurance, Nursing Home Costs, Resource Rules, Lookback Period, Pensions, VA Pension Benefits, Net Worth Test, and more.


  Video about the Law Office of Vanarelli & Li, LLC

Vanarelli & Li, LLC is committed to protecting the legal rights and financial resources of seniors, the disabled and their families, and families in conflict. We provide legal services in the areas of elder law, estate planning, trust administration, special education, trial advocacy and special needs planning. We assist clients and families in conflict through dispute resolution services, including probate litigation, will contests, contested guardianships, administrative appeals, elder abuse trials and elder mediation. At all times, we strive to meet the highest ethical standards while serving clients in a caring, compassionate and respectful manner.


Video Spotlight: On Certified Elder Law Attorneys

The video posted above informs viewers of the legal issues facing seniors, and the importance of seeking assistance with these issues from a Certified Elder Law Attorney. The video also describes the role of the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) in the certification process.

NELF, a non-profit organization founded in 1993, is dedicated to developing the professional competence of lawyers in the areas of Elder Law and Special Needs Planning. NELF is the only national organization certifying practitioners as specialists in Elder and Special Needs Law.

Elder Law is broad legal practice area focused on the problems of older and disabled persons and their families. Elder Law includes health counseling and long-term care planning, identifying and accessing sources of financing for long-term care, nursing home issues, qualifying for Medicare, Medicaid, SSI, Section 8 Housing and other public benefits, legal capacity, surrogate decision-making, estate planning and administration, including tax consequences, trust creation and administration, probate, estate and probate litigation, contested guardianships and elder mediation services.

To be certified in Elder Law, an attorney must have practiced Elder Law for at least five (5) years, had substantive involvement in the practice areas that make up Elder Law, passed a full day written exam, and received references from five (5) Elder Law attorneys. In addition to knowing about Elder Law generally, a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) must be capable of recognizing issues of concern that arise during counseling and representation of older persons and special needs clients or their representatives. There are about 500 CELAs in 48 states. Only about 50 attorneys in New Jersey have attained the level of expertise required to be board-certified as Elder Law attorneys.

Certified Elder Law Attorneys have an enhanced level of knowledge, skill and experience in the practice areas encompassed by the Elder and Special Needs Law specialty, coupled with the competence to identify the needs of the older or disabled client, and the capability to solve client problems. Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. has been board-certified as an Elder Law attorney since 1998.

Additional Information

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