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

To Our Family, Friends, Clients, and Community:

At the Law Office of Donald Vanarelli, we understand that the coronavirus COVID-19 has resulted in a period of uncertainty for us all. We have two messages for you. First, keep in mind that this situation, while extremely challenging, is temporary. Second, consider using this period of self-isolation as a time of self-reflection–and action. Many of us recognize that, eventually, we should get our estate plans in order. Maybe you have never executed a will, or maybe it’s time to revisit the estate plan you put in place years ago. Many of us have special concerns in this area, if we are caring for an elderly or disabled loved one. Our law office is here to help, and the following answers to frequently asked questions can get you started.

I already have a Last Will and Testament. Should I revise it now?

Over the years, laws change, the tax code changes, our needs change, and our personal relationships change. If you haven’t reviewed your current estate plan recently, now is an excellent time to do so. Whether or not your current estate planning documents were prepared by our firm, we are here to help you review your estate plan, and help you determine whether changes are appropriate.

If I already have a Will, do I need other documents?

If the coronavirus has taught us one thing, it is how quickly, and dramatically, things can change. Do you have the legal documents in place to allow a trusted relative or friend make financial decisions for you? If not, now is the time to execute a power of attorney for your financial affairs. Do you have someone in place with the legal authority to make medical decisions for you? If not, consider a living will and health care proxy.  Please contact us to discuss these vital elements of your estate plan.

If I have estate documents, should they be reviewed at this time? 

While we generally recommend that clients periodically review their estate planning in response to changes in their family and financial situation (as well as changes in the tax law), we believe the impact of the current crisis is significant enough to warrant further review. In addition to wills, powers of attorney and living wills, we recommend that clients review the beneficiary designations for their life insurance policies and retirement accounts.

How can I do estate planning now, during this period of social isolation?

Our law firm remains open for business, while we take every step to protect both our clients and our staff. Several staff members are working remotely, while others remain at our Westfield, New Jersey office. During this time period, client conferences can be conducted via telephone, FaceTime, Zoom or other similar video-conferencing method. Documents can be exchanged via email or facsimile. Your estate documents can be planned, and executed, “remotely,” without you ever leaving your home!

Have income tax return deadlines been postponed?

Yes, the IRS has extended the April 15 deadline for filing income tax returns and gift tax returns. No interest or penalties will be due if returns are filed and taxes are paid by July 15, 2020. In addition, the IRS has extended the due date for making first quarter 2020 estimated income tax payments until July 15. As of this writing, more than two-thirds of states, including New Jersey, have extended state‑level tax deadlines as well. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is tracking state-level developments.

Are the offices of the County Surrogates still open?

The County Surrogates handle much of the work in the areas of guardianshipsthe probate of wills,  estate administrationwill  contests, probate litigation and elder abuse actions. Each County Surrogate Office is adjusting hours and policies to deal with the pandemic. The overview of changed hours and policies in each county can be found here.  In Union County, the new hours are Mondays & Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

April 4, 2020 Update from the Union County Surrogate:

“Our office still has staff going in on Mondays and Thursdays to process paperwork and mail certificates out.  You can follow the regular procedure by emailing the Surrogate’s Information Sheet, death certificate and the decedent’s Last Will and Testament to Sue Dinardo at sdinardo@ucnj.org or fax to 908-351-9212.  We will give the papers to the clerks when they are in and they can input the information and email the qualification papers to your lawyer’s office.  You can then forward them to the client and have the client get the papers notarized (or notarize the papers remotely if a new law permitting same is enacted).  We’re not meeting with any clients for as long as this pandemic continues.

The original documents can be mailed to the office by regular or certified mail and once we have all necessary documents we will send out the certificates and Letters.  It may take a little longer than usual but we’ll get it done.”

April 5, 2020 Update on the Monmouth County Surrogate:

A lawyer colleague who was trying to probate a will had a messenger drop off the Last Will and Testament with the Surrogate’s Information Sheet and Death Certificate at the Monmouth County Surrogate’s Office in Freehold several days ago. Security guards at the Surrogate’s Office accepted the documents at the door. The next day my colleague received by email the documents that his client needed to sign to be appointed as Executor together with an invoice covering the fee charged for the probate. The lawyer had the Executor sign the documents and his signature notarized by a title officer in the office next door.  The documents were returned to the Surrogate with a check for the fee via regular mail.

Half of the Monmouth County Surrogate’s staff is working every other day.

Are the New Jersey courts open? Are pending lawsuits proceeding as usual?

Yes, the courts are operating, but subject to restrictions. No new civil or criminal jury trials will be conducted until further notice. All court hearings, conferences, and arguments will be conducted by video or phone conferencing, and in-person appearances will be permitted only in emergency situations. Discovery deadlines for all civil cases are extended through April 26, 2020. Discovery in family law and divorce cases is extended through April 26, 2020. Landlord/tenant, Special Civil Part, Small Claims and Municipal Court trials are suspended.

My parent or family member lives in an assisted living or nursing home. Am I permitted to visit with them during this crisis?  

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to all nursing homes, restricting all visitors, except for compassionate care in end-of-life situations; restricting all volunteers and nonessential personnel; and cancelling all group activities and communal dining. While these actions are necessary to prevent the spread of the virus, they can leave families worried and upset and residents feeling isolated and confused.

Families are taking varying tacks to keep in contact with their loved ones, many of whom don’t fully understand why their family is no longer visiting. Nursing homes are also helping to facilitate contact. Some options for keeping in touch, include the following:

  • Phone calls. Phone calls are still an option to be able to talk to your loved one.
  • Window visits. Families who are able to visit their loved one’s window can use that to have in-person visits. You can hold up signs and blow kisses. Talking on a cell phone or typing messages on it and holding them up to the window may be a way to have a conversation.
  • Facetime, Skype or Zoom. Many nursing homes are facilitating video calls with families using platforms like Facetime, Skype or Zoom. Some nursing homes have purchased additional iPads, while others have staff members going between rooms with a dedicated iPad to help residents make calls.
  • Cards and letters. Sending cards and letters to your loved ones is another way to show them that you are thinking of them. Some nursing homes have also set up Facebook pages, where people can send messages to residents.

In this unprecedented time, families will need to get creative to stay in touch with their loved ones.

What other changes have been made in the laws, regulations or practices that impact elders and people with disabilities?

Actions are being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at a dizzying pace. Since March 17, 2020, all local Social Security offices were closed to the public for in-person service.The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits Administration regional offices were closed to the public starting March 19. VA regional offices open, but no longer accept walk-ins. Health care providers are overwhelmed. County welfare offices are urging people to apply on-line and avoid coming into their offices. Meanwhile, although the NJ Department of Human Services announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services modified some federal Medicaid requirements that “pose issues or challenges for the health care delivery system” in light of COVID-19, county welfare office processing applications for crucial needs-based government benefits like Medicaid still require applicants to produce missing documents in 10 days under threat of the denial of eligibility. There is a need for the agency to ease certain requirements in light of the present emergency.

Are you still offering free initial consultations?

Yes! 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.

How do I get started?

Just call or email us at dvanarelli@VanarelliLaw.comClient questionnaires are available on our website. Download one and use your new-found spare time to consider your needs and goals, and to complete the financial and other information requested.

We look forward to serving you, both during this difficult time period and after.

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

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To our clients, families and friends:

We are working hard to continue serving you during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

It may seem that our world is changing every day, as new information becomes available about the Coronavirus threat. 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.

On March 21, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order 107 as part of a plan to “mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect the capacity of New Jersey’s health care system for the state’s most vulnerable.” This “Stay at Home” Order directs the closure of all “non-essential” businesses. Businesses classified as “essential” (supermarkets, pharmacies, construction, etc.) may remain open. The Executive Order allows law firms to operate with limited in-office operations.

As a result, our law firm will remain 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. During this time period, all client conferences will be conducted via telephone, FaceTime, Zoom or other similar video-conferencing method. 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.

And as new legislation is being contemplated in reaction to COVID-19, we remain poised to respond to best serve your needs.

Please visit our blog for important legal updates.

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! This may be an ideal time to consider spending a portion of your new-found availability to confront these usually difficult tasks. Thanks to our firm’s flexible communication options now in place, we can help you accomplish these tasks without ever leaving your home.

Again, we are taking every precaution to minimize personal contact and protect our vulnerable populations. As Elder Law attorneys, our first goal will always be to protect our clients, as well as the larger senior and disabled populations. We appreciate your confidence in us, and we look forward to speaking with you.

Please visit the CDC website for Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and guidelines.

To learn more about the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli, visit:

https://vanarellilaw.com/about-the-firm/

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

As we find ourselves spending a lot more time at home, there are many opinions about how to fill the day while maintaining a healthy balance of activities. Most recommend a mixture of productivity and what some might refer to as “self-care,” which can take many forms. It can include eating right, exercising, enjoying a bit of mindless television, tackling household projects, reading a good book, and finding time to “socialize” remotely.

But I recommend adding estate planning to your list.

For many of us, this is a necessary but easily neglected aspect of life. We all want to confront things like making a will and living will, or planning for the needs of a disabled loved one. But because formulating these plans involves necessary paperwork and time, the task can be difficult to confront—and easy to postpone–after a long and hectic workday. That’s why this could be an ideal time to consider spending a portion of your new-found availability checking this “to-do” off your list. Thanks to our firm’s flexible communication options, you can schedule telephone or video conferences, exchange necessary questionnaires and other paperwork, and finalize estate planning and other documents without ever leaving your home.

And then you can reward yourself with that binge-worthy TV show.

Remember, these stay-at-home restrictions will not be in place forever. And when things get back to normal, you can look back at this period with the peace of mind of knowing that your estate plan has been taken care of.

For additional information concerning estate planning and administration, visit:

Estate Planning and Administration

 

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Donald D. Vanarelli Named to the 2020 New Jersey Super Lawyers List in Elder Law, for the 14th Consecutive Year

We are pleased to announce that Donald D. Vanarelli has been named to the 2020 New Jersey Super Lawyers list for Elder Law. This is the 14th consecutive year in which Mr. Vanarelli has been named to New Jersey’s Super Lawyers list in Elder Law.

Of over 85,000 attorneys licensed to practice law in New Jersey in 70 specialty categories, only 5% are named to the Super Lawyer list each year. To date, only 51 New Jersey attorneys have been recognized as Certified Elder Law Attorneys. Of the 51 Certified Elder Law Attorneys in New Jersey, 32 were named to the 2020 Super Lawyer’s list in Elder Law. Mr. Vanarelli is one of the very few Certified Elder Law Attorneys in New Jersey who has been consistently named to the Super Lawyers list.

Elder Law, which includes Special Needs Trusts and Special Needs Planning, is a legal specialty focusing on the legal needs of seniors and people with disabilities. To be certified in Elder Law, an attorney must meet the following standards: (1) Practiced Elder Law for at least five years, (2) Substantively involved in the practice areas that make up Elder Law, including estate planning and trust administration; probate litigation and will contests; disability planning, including guardianships and special needs trusts; protecting the elderly and disabled against abuse, neglect, and exploitation; resolving nursing home problems; and, qualifying for Medicare, Medicaid and other public benefits.  (3) Passed a full day written exam, (4) Received references from five certified Elder Law attorneys, and (5) Demonstrated substantial involvement in representing disabled clients with special needs.

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)

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.” Bar associations and courts across the country, including the New Jersey Supreme Court, have recognized the legitimacy of the Super Lawyers selection process.

The list of New Jersey attorneys named to the 2020 Super Lawyer’s list in Elder Law follows:

The digital version of the 2020 New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine, which  contains the entire print publication, is accessible here –  2020 New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine.

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Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. will present at the 2020 UNPROGRAM by NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

2020 NJ-NAELA UNPROGRAM
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Lambertville Inn
Lambertville, New Jersey

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will present at the 2020 UNPROGRAM presented by the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. The NJ-NAELA UNPROGRAM will be held on April 22, 2020 at the Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn, located at 11 Bridge Street, Lambertville, New Jersey.

Mr. Vanarelli will facilitate two group sessions covering the following topics:

  1. Probate Litigation: Is it a Competency Case, Diminished Capacity Case or an Undue Influence Case? Strategies and Issues; and,
  2. Complicated Guardianship Issues You Likely Have Never Encountered: Standing, Counsel Fees, Role of Appointed Attorney, Seeking Court Approval for Medicaid Planning

For additional information regarding this event, attorneys may contact the Andy Knoll at aknoll@naela.org or Fred Niemann at fniemann@hnlawfirm.com

For additional information regarding probate litigation, Medicaid planning and applications, as well as guardianships, elder law and estate planning issues, contact the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli at 908-232-7400, or visit online at http://VanarelliLaw.com/.

What is the Unprogram?

The UnProgram is a one-of-a-kind program. The Unprogram is a forum for attorneys to talk about what is important to them – with their peers. There are no lectures or teachers, only experienced facilitators. Participants establish the agenda, establishing an innovative design to promote discussions that lead to learning through idea-sharing and collaboration. Attendees will gain real-life examples of how others have mastered difficult situations. Participants determine the UnProgram content.

The UnProgram takes place in small groups, where some participants act as “facilitators” to lead discussions on any variety of elder law and special needs planning topics. Participants gather in the facilitator’s room for an open discussion. Several topics/rooms are offered in each hour-long session. Dress comfortably, it is highly likely you will be sitting on the floor!

The Unprogram is an opportunity to introduce yourself to new subjects that help expand your practical knowledge. It is also an opportunity to increase your technical knowledge with other topics you are more experienced in.

Finally, the Unprogram is your chance to pick the brains of your colleagues who are facing the same challenges you are!

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Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. Will Present At The 2020 Elder and Disability Law 2-Day Retreat

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will present at the 2020 Elder and Disability Law 2-Day Retreat to be held on April 23-24, 2020 at the Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn, located at 11 Bridge Street, Lambertville, New Jersey by the New Jersey State Bar Association Elder and Disability Law Section and the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Mr. Vanarelli will participate in a panel of attorneys discussing contested guardianships, the role of the Office of the Public Guardian and Medicaid planning by guardians. For additional information regarding this event, attorneys 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 Medicaid planning and applications, as well as guardianships, elder law and estate planning issues, contact the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli at 908-232-7400, or visit online at http://VanarelliLaw.com/.

Location: Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn
11 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530

A Two Day Retreat:

Thurs., April 23, 2020 – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fri., April 24, 2020 – 9 am to 12:35 p.m.

General Tuition (Non-member): $425
NJSBA Member Rate: $355
NJSBA Section Member Rate: $325
Program Agenda:
Day 1 – April 23, 2020
9:10 Intro remarks – Mark Friedman, Esq.
9:15 Qualified Income Trusts and all that can go wrong with them – Linda Ershow-Levenberg, Esq.
9:40 Division of Developmental Disabilities A to Z – Intake, Eligibility, etc. – Crystal West Edwards, Esq.
10:20 Pre-Admission Screening (PAS) Exam and All you Need to Know about it – Beth Barnhard, Esq.
10:45 Break
11:00 Settlements for people on Medicaid/Medicare – Lawrence Friedman, Esq.
11:40 Medicaid Annuities update – Lauren Marinaro, Esq.; Beth Barnhard, Esq.
12:10 Luncheon
1:30 How a Bill Becomes a Law (and what happens to all those bills after we vote on them) – Mark Friedman, Esq.; Lisa Chapland, Esq.
2:00 Medicaid Appeals – Administrative (Fair Hearings), State (Appellate Division) and Federal Court – John Callinan, Esq.; Jane Fearn-Zimmer, Esq.
2:40 Break
2:55 Ethics for Elder Law Attorneys – Shirley Whitenack, Esq.; Brenda McElnea, Esq.; Lawrence Friedman, Esq.
4:10 Future of Elder Law – Mark Friedman, Esq.
4:30 Adjourn
5:00 Cocktail Hour
Day 2 – April 24, 2020
9:00 Case law update – Ryann Siclari, Esq.; Donald Dennison, Esq.
9:55 Community Medicaid (and long term care at home) – Lauren Marinaro, Esq.
10:35 Break
10:45 Guardianship panel – contested guardianships, role of OPG, and Medicaid planning – Mark Friedman, Esq.; Constantina Koulosousas, Esq.; Jonathan Pfoutz, Esq.; Donald Vanarelli, Esq.
11:25 Medicaid in New York and Pennsylvania – Matthew Nolfo, Esq.; Jerry Rothkoff, Esq.
12:05 Streamlining your Practice with Technology – Carl Archer, Esq.
12:35 Adjourn
 NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 10.0 credits, including 1.5 ethics credits.
PA CLE:  7.0 substantive and 1.0 ethics credits pending
NY CLE (t&nt):  8.0 professional practice and 1.5 ethics credits
About Donald D. Vanarelli 

Recipient of the Marilyn Askin Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Elder and Disability Law Section, Donald D. Vanarelli is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, and a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Mr. Vanarelli is also an Accredited Veterans Attorney and an Accredited Professional Mediator. He has successfully litigated cases in New Jersey’s Supreme Court and in federal court. Mr. Vanarelli represents seniors, the disabled and their families 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.

About The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli 

Located in Westfield, New Jersey, the firm provides a broad range of legal services for seniors, the disabled and their families. The law firm guides clients through complex legal areas including public benefits planning, trial advocacy and court procedures, the administrative process, as well as estate and gift tax laws.

Contact: Ginny Morrissey, The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli, Tel: 908-232-7400, Email: gmorrissey@VanarellilLaw.com

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Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. to Present the Case Law Update at the 2020 “Elder Law in a Day” Seminar

The 2020 “Elder Law in a Day” Seminar:

Learn How To Handle Elder Law Issues And Cases

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will present at the 2020 “Elder Law in a Day” seminar given by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education on January 29, 2020 at the New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Square, New Brunswick, New Jersey. This is a full day program, from 9:00 AM through 4:30 PM.

Mr. Vanarelli will provide the case law update, summarizing the most significant legal developments over the past year in the areas of elder and disability law. Mr. Vanarelli will also analyze highlights and trends in the New Jersey elder law / special needs cases. For additional information regarding this event, see below, or contact the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) at 732-214-8500, or visit the NJICLE website at http://www.njicle.com/.

About The Program:

Your clients are aging and living longer than ever. A longer life means longer-term living expenses – and planning for unforeseen complications such as home health care, assisted living, a potential need for a nursing home, and large medical bills. In order to properly represent elder clients, you need to know how to help them get the services that they need while protecting their assets, planning for the future, and producing an estate plan that fulfills their wishes.

Don’t miss this popular annual program, updated for 2019, to gain the information that you need to know to properly represent both your senior clients and your aging clients that will soon become seniors. As an attendee, you’ll hear directly from a panel of highly experienced elder law practitioners as they provide you with solid strategies, practical pointers, the most important recent case law, current regulations, and (most importantly) common-sense approaches based upon decades of practice and the hundreds of elder law clients they have represented. You’ll walk away with, quite literally, everything you need to know to confidently (and successfully) handle the elder law matters you’re likely to encounter.

Moderator/Speaker:

Thomas D. Begley, Jr.
Begley Law Group, PC, Moorestown

Speakers include:

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq.
Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli, Westfield

Joellen Meckley, Esq.
Begley Law Group, PC, Moorestown

Linda S. Ershow-Levenberg, Esq.
Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg LLC, Clark

Gary Mazart, Esq.
Schenck, Price, Smith & King LLP, Florham Park

Ethan J. Ordog, Esq.
Begley Law Group, PC, Moorestown

Jordan Wassel, Esq.
Schenck, Price, Smith & King LLP, Florham Park

Program Agenda:
9:00 Welcome and Overview – Ethan J. Ordog, Esq.
9:15 2019 – The Year in Review – Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq.
10:15 Effective Ways to do Basic Medicaid Planning – Joellen Meckley, Esq.
11:15 Break
11:30 8 Important things to know about Special Needs Trusts – Thomas D. Begley, Jr., , Esq.
12:00 Luncheon
12:30 Geriatric Care Management for Your Clients – Mary Kate Kennedy, Esq.
1:15 Top Tips You Need to Know to in Preparing Medicaid Applications –
Linda S. Ershow-Levenberg, Esq.
2:15 Tax and the Elder Law Practice: Key Changes and Practice Tips –
Gary Mazart, Esq.; Jordan Wassel, Esq.
3:15 Break
3:30 Protective Arrangements, Updates for Guardianship Filings and
Probate Action Items – Ethan J. Ordog, Esq.
4:00 Adjourn

The agenda for the Elder Law in a Day program is attached here –

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About Donald D. Vanarelli

Recipient of the Marilyn Askin Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Elder and Disability Law Section, Donald D. Vanarelli is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, and a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Mr. Vanarelli is also an Accredited Veterans Attorney and an Accredited Professional Mediator. He has successfully litigated cases in New Jersey’s Supreme Court and in federal court. Mr. Vanarelli represents seniors, the disabled and their families 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.

About The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli

Located in Westfield, New Jersey, the firm provides a broad range of legal services for seniors, the disabled and their families. The law firm guides clients through complex legal areas including public benefits planning, trial advocacy and court procedures, the administrative process, as well as estate and gift tax laws.

Contact: Ginny Morrissey, The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli, Tel: 908-232-7400, Email: gmorrissey@VanarellilLaw.com

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Donald D. Vanarelli Named To The New Jersey Super Lawyers List, Again

We are pleased to announce that Donald D. Vanarelli has been recognized as a 2020 New Jersey Super Lawyer in Elder Law. This is the 14th consecutive year in which Mr. Vanarelli has been named to New Jersey’s Super Lawyers list.

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 patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Bar associations and courts across the country, including the New Jersey Supreme Court, have recognized the legitimacy of the Super Lawyers selection process.

In addition, Mr. Vanarelli has been Certified as an Elder Law Attorney since 1998. Elder Law, which includes Special Needs Planning, is a legal specialty focusing on the legal needs of seniors and people with disabilities. To be certified in Elder Law, an attorney must: (1) Have practiced Elder Law for at least five years, (2) Had substantive involvement in the practice areas that make up Elder Law, including estate planning and trust administration; probate litigation and will contests; disability planning, including guardianships and special needs trusts; laws protecting the elderly and disabled against abuse, neglect, and exploitation; nursing home issues; and, qualifying for Medicare, Medicaid and other public benefits. (3) Passed a full day written exam, (4) Received references from five Certified Elder Law attorneys, and, (5) Demonstrate substantial involvement in the representation of disabled clients with special needs.

Of the over 85,000 licensed attorneys in New Jersey, fewer than 60 have been recognized as Certified Elder Law Attorneys. Of those Certified Elder Law Attorneys in New Jersey, very few have been recognized as Super Lawyers in Elder Law. Mr. Vanarelli is one of very few Certified Elder Law Attorneys in New Jersey who has been consistently named to the Super Lawyers list.

“I’m honored to be selected to the 2020 Super Lawyers list in New Jersey for Elder Law,” said Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. “Super Lawyers is one of the most respected ratings organizations in the legal field. I am honored that my colleagues think highly enough of me to nominate me,” Vanarelli added.

About Donald D. Vanarelli

Recipient of the Marilyn Askin Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Elder and Disability Law Section, Donald D. Vanarelli is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, and a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Mr. Vanarelli is also an Accredited Veterans Attorney and an Accredited Professional Mediator. He has successfully litigated cases in New Jersey’s Supreme Court and in federal court. Mr. Vanarelli represents seniors, the disabled and their families 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.

About The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli

Located in Westfield, New Jersey, the firm provides a broad range of legal services for seniors, the disabled and their families. The law firm guides clients through complex legal areas including public benefits planning, trial advocacy and court procedures, the administrative process, as well as estate and gift tax laws.

Contact: Ginny Morrissey, The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli, Tel: 908-232-7400, Email: gmorrissey@VanarellilLaw.com

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