The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli has been working hard to continue serving you during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.  Many clients have limited access to their important planning documents and must create new ones. We have created new processes to assist our clients in a time when we are forced to socially distance ourselves and work in a remote environment.

We are successfully meeting the needs of our clients and continue our advocacy for seniors and the disabled.

  • Open for Business: Our law firm remains  open for business, while we take steps to protect both our clients and our staff. Several staff members are working remotely, while others remain at our Westfield, New Jersey office. Thanks to our firm’s flexible communication options now in place, we can help you achieve legal goals without ever leaving your home.
  • Videos: We continue to provide videos on a variety of topics to educate the public- especially in times of crisis. If we can’t meet with you in person, we want to make sure every resource possible is available to you to help you plan for your future.
  • Our Online Learning Center: Explore new articles on our Blog concerning changes in the law and in court procedures as a result of the global health crisis as well as explanations and answers to frequently asked questions – available to you 24/7 through our website.

Examples of recent blog posts on the COVID-19 health crisis follow:

CMS Announces Stricter Guidelines For Visiting Nursing Facility Residents To Prevent The Spread Of COVID-19

Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service

Waiver of 3-Day Hospital Stay Required For Nursing Facility Coverage

VA Regional Offices Closed To The Public Starting March 19

The Federal Deadline For Both Filing Your Tax Return And Paying Taxes Is Now July 15

Quarantine To-Do List: Spring cleaning, Netflix Binge-Watching– and Estate Planning?

New Jersey Department Of Human Services Creates Dedicated Website For COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Update from the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli

New Jersey Medicaid Waiver Approved Amid COVID-19 Fallout

COVID-19 Executive Order Authorizes Remote Notarization in New York State

NJ Supreme Court Suspends Court Proceedings And Discovery Deadlines For An Additional 30 Days Due To Emergency

Elder Law COVID-19 Fact Sheet: Helping You Navigate During This Time Of Uncertainty

New Jersey Supreme Court Notice – Changes To Guardianship Requirements During COVID-19 Crisis

Judiciary Expands Electronic Filing to Family Part and General Equity Cases Because Of COVID-19

In Memoriam: Thomas Saccone

New Law Permits Documents To Be Notarized Remotely In New Jersey

New Federal Requirements To Report COVID-19 Cases In Nursing Homes; Positive Cases/Deaths Reported In NJ Nursing Homes

Under New Law, Medicaid Cannot Be Terminated During The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

NJ Supreme Court Directive #11-20: Guidelines on Media Access and Electronic Devices in Court

Three Changes You May Want to Make to Your Estate Plan Now Due to the Pandemic

NJ Supreme Court Directive #12-20 – Principles and Protocols for Virtual Court Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Your Stimulus Check Won’t Affect Medicaid Or SSI Eligibility

How To Conduct A Signing Ceremony For Wills And Other Estate Documents During A Pandemic: Drive By Signings

VA Mobile Apps: COVID Coach

CMS Issues Nursing Homes Best Practices Toolkit to Combat COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions by Guardians About the COVID-19 Pandemic

CMS Issues New Guidance For The Safe Reopening Of Nursing Homes Across The Country

  • Teleconferences with Clients and Loved Ones: During this time, all client conferences are conducted via telephone, FaceTime, Zoom or other similar video-conferencing method. These technologies are allowing us to feel almost like we are in the same room.
  • Virtual Signings: It is now more important than ever to plan, and the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli is here to help, and with virtual meetings, signings and notaries, we will ensure your needs are met.
  • Assisting Families if their Loved Ones pass away: The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many of us with hardships, and for some that includes the most unfortunate circumstance; the loss of a loved one. Our experienced estate administration and probate attorneys bring years of experience helping families find peace of mind following the death of a loved one.
  • Virtual Information Exchange: Client questionnaires, estate documents, court pleadings and other papers can be exchanged via email or facsimile, and court fees and other payments can be made via credit card remotely.
  • Free Initial Consultations: We offer free initial consultations available via telephone or videoconference to introduce you to our firm, discuss your general needs, and address how we can serve those needs.

During this difficult time when many of you are working from home, we encourage you to prepare or update your basic estate documents such as a Last Will and Testament, Power of Attorney, and Advance Medical Directive, or to plan for the needs of a disabled loved one. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to pick up the phone and call!

It is important to remember that this situation, although difficult, is temporary. And during this period of uncertainty, please know that our firm is here to help.

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

NJ Elder Law and Estate Planning Services