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Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. Attends NAELA Annual Conference on Elder Law and Special Needs Planning

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For additional information concerning NJ elder law and special needs planning visit: https://vanarellilaw.com/legal-services/

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Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. to Present at the “2017 Sophisticated Elder Law” Seminar

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will present at the “2017 Sophisticated Elder Law” seminar given by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education on August 10, 2017 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Mr. Vanarelli will provide an overview of strategies and tactics which have been used successfully in litigation involving Medicaid and other needs-based public benefits in state and  federal courts and in administrative agencies. For additional information regarding this event, contact the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) at 732-214-8500 or visit their website at http://www.njicle.com/.

The agenda for the upcoming seminar follows:

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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 was co-counsel in Galletta v. Velez, in which a federal court, for the first time, held that VA pension benefits are not countable in determining Medicaid eligibility. Mr. Vanarelli represents seniors, the disabled and their families in estate planning, financing long-term medical care, nursing home issues, qualifying for Medicaid, VA pensions 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

For additional information concerning nursing home law and litigation, visit: https://vanarellilaw.com/nursing-home-law-litigation/

For additional information concerning probate litigation and will contests, visit: https://vanarellilaw.com/will-contests-probate-litigation-elder-abuse-actions/#iplwc

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Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. to Present at the 2017 “Elder Law in a Day” Seminar

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will present at the 2017 “Elder Law in a Day” seminar given by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education on July 10, 2017 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Mr. Vanarelli will provide an overview of the various trusts utilized in planning for long-term care costs while qualifying for Medicaid and other public benefits based upon financial need. For additional information regarding this event, contact the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) at 732-214-8500 or visit their website at http://www.njicle.com/.

Tuition:
General Tuition: $210
NJSBA Member: $168
Note: Other discounts may apply – please login to see your rate for this program.
Moderator/Speaker:
Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esq., CELA
Begley Law Group (Moorestown)
Speakers include:
Melissa Abu-Adas, Esq.
Brogan Law Group
(Point Pleasant)
Jo-Anne Herina Jeffreys, Esq., CELA
Past Chair, NJSBA Elder & Disability Law Section
Attorney at Law (Hoboken)
Linda S. Ershow- Levenberg, Esq., CELA
Past Chair, NJSBA Elder & Disability Law Section
Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg LLC (Clark)
Ethan J. Ordog, Esq.
Begley Law Group (Moorestown)
Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq.                                                                                                        Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, NJ State Bar, Elder and Disability Law Section
Certified Elder Law Attorney by the ABA-accredited National Elder Law Foundation             Accredited Veterans Attorney
Past Chair, NJSBA Elder and Disability Law Section
Law Offices of Donald D. Vanarelli (Westfield)
About The Program:
An essential “crash course” designed to prepare you to handle elder law issues in your practice – in just one day!

With the graying of America’s population, elder law can be one of the key growth areas in your practice. In one day, this crash course will get you up to speed by helping you identify the key issues your’re likely to encounter.

Our faculty of experienced elder law practitioners will help you chart a course to a successful elder law practice. Learn about Long-Term Care Planning, Medicaid Planning, Guardianships and Conservatorships, Special Needs Trusts, and much more.

Program Agenda:
9:00 Basic Long-Term Care Planning – Jo-Anne Herina Jeffreys, Esq.
10:00 Special Needs Trusts – Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esq.
11:00 Networking Break
11:15 Long-Term Care Trusts – Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq.
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Crisis Medicaid Planning – Melissa Abu-Adas, Esq.
2:00 Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Powers of Attorney – Ethan J. Ordog, Esq.
3:00 Networking Break
3:15 Medicaid Applications – Linda S. Ershow-Levenberg, Esq.
4:00 Adjourn
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 6.7 hours of total CLE credit.
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 6.7 credits (50 minute hour)
PA CLE: 5.5 substantive credits pending ($24 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)
NY CLE (t&nt): 6.5 professional practice credits

Door Registration: $230

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 was co-counsel in Galletta v. Velez, in which a federal court, for the first time, held that VA pension benefits are not countable in determining Medicaid eligibility. Mr. Vanarelli represents seniors, the disabled and their families in estate planning, financing long-term medical care, nursing home issues, qualifying for Medicaid, VA pensions 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

For additional information concerning Medicaid and public benefits planning, visit: https://vanarellilaw.com/medicaid-public-benefits-planning/

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Donald D. Vanarelli Named to the New Jersey Super Lawyers List in 2017, for the 11th Consecutive Year

The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli 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)

The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli congratulates Mr. Vanarelli on being named to the Super Lawyers List in New Jersey in 2017, for the 11th consecutive year.

To learn more about the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli, visit: https://vanarellilaw.com/about-the-firm/

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Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. to Present at the “Lawyer’s Guide to Veteran and Military Law” Seminar

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will present at the “Lawyer’s Guide to Veteran and Military Law” seminar given by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education on April 25, 2017 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Mr. Vanarelli will provide an overview of pension benefits available through the Department of Veterans Affairs, including financial eligibility criteria for needs-based Housebound and Aid and Attendance benefits. For additional information regarding this event, contact the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) at 732-214-8500 or visit their website at http://www.njicle.com/.

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Young lawyers and experienced practitioners should register to learn the key strategies needed to assist elderly and disabled service members and veterans meet their legal needs at this 2017 conference!

For additional information regarding VA compensation and pension benefits, contact the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli at 908-232-7400, or visit them online at https://vanarellilaw.com/va-benefits/.

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 Moderator/Speaker:
Nancy Morgan, Esq., Accredited Veterans Attorney
Finkelstein & Partners (Edison, NJ,  Newark, NJ, Newburgh, NY)
 Speakers include:
Patricia Apy, Esq.
Paras, Apy and Reiss, P.C. (Red Bank)
Robert Ebberup, Esq.
Law Office of Robert Ebberup (Toms River)
Lt. Col. Sarajane (Sally) Stenton, Esq.
Law Office of Robert Ebberup (Toms River)
Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq.
Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, NJ State Bar, Elder and Disability Law Section
Certified Elder Law Attorney by the ABA-accredited National Elder Law Foundation                  Accredited Veterans Attorney
Past Chair, NJSBA Elder and Disability Law Section
Law Offices of Donald D. Vanarelli (Westfield)
Learn how to handle the unique issues of your clients with military background, including:
Military pay and the role of the Defense Finance and Acconting Service
Custody and visitation for military parents
Military support guidelines for child and spousal support
Military Protective Orders
Eligibility for VA Pension Benefits, including Housebound and Aid and Attendance Benefits
Presumptive Service-Connection
VA Survivor Benefit Plans and Special Needs Trusts
      ..and more!
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 6.7 hours of total CLE credit.
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 4.5 credits (50 minute hour)
PA CLE: 3.5 substantive credits pending ($16 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)
NY CLE: 4.5 professional practice credits

Door Registration: $190

 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 was co-counsel in Galletta v. Velez, in which a federal court, for the first time, held that VA pension benefits are not countable in determining Medicaid eligibility. Mr. Vanarelli represents seniors, the disabled and their families in estate planning, financing long-term medical care, nursing home issues, qualifying for Medicaid, VA pensions 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 at the 8th Annual Senior Lawyers Conference

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will present at the 8th Annual Senior Lawyers Conference given by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education on April 3, 2017 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Mr. Vanarelli will provide an overview of elder law planning in New Jersey, including a discussion of nursing home issues and Medicaid eligibility. For additional information regarding this event, contact the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) at 732-214-8500 or visit their website at http://www.njicle.com/.

Young lawyers, experienced practitioners and senior attorneys should register to learn the key strategies needed to plan for future retirement with confidence at this 2017 conference!

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

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Moderator/Speaker:
Gary Skoloff, Esq.
Past Chair, NJSBA Family Law Section
Past President, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – NJ Chapter
Past Chair, ABA Family Law Section
Member,New Jersey Supreme Court Family Law Committee
Co-author, New Jersey Family Law Practice (15th Ed., 2013, NJICLE)
Skoloff & Wolfe, PC (Livingston)
Speakers include:
Ash Ahluwalia, MBA, NSSA, CSSCS, CFP
National Social Security Partners (Bridgewater)
Robert Borteck, Esq.
Robert D. Borteck, PC (Livingston)
Peter Greenbaum, Esq.
Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer, PA (Woodbridge)
Jeremy Hampton
AXA Business Solutions (Secaucus)
Kathleen Hedden, RN, BSN
Horizon BCBSNJ (Farmingdale)
Ellen C. Marshall, Esq. (Ret.)
Gregory J. Roberts
The Roberts Group
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (Lawrenceville)
Michael Saponara, CPA/ABV, JD
Financial Research Associates (Edison)
Michael Schaff, Esq.
Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer, PA (Woodbridge)
Paula Sawyer, Esq., RN
NJ Lawyers Assistance Program (New Brunswick)
Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq.
Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, NJ State Bar, Elder and Disability Law Section
Certified Elder Law Attorney by the ABA-accredited National Elder Law Foundation
Past Chair, NJSBA Elder and Disability Law Section
Accredited Veterans Attorney
Former Social Security Claim Representative                                                                           Law Offices of Donald D. Vanarelli (Westfield)

 

About The Program:

 

As a young lawyer, an experienced practitioner or a senior attorney, do you have a strategy in place for retirement? New Jersey attorneys need to be thinking of these issues now. How will repeal of the estate tax impact your practice? Do you have a handle on everything you need to thrive after you retire? Register today to learn the key strategies you need to know to plan your exit strategy with confidence at this 2017 conference.

 

Connect with your peers and learn key strategies for dealing with the issues you’re likely to face, including..
Senior lawyer concerns as related to proposed changes in President Trump’s agenda
Insurance concerns – including tail insurance – what is it and why do I need it?
Succession Planning –winding up your practice and more
Social Security Planning
Elder Law Planning
Health care issues
How do I go about valuing and selling my practice?
Succession Planning
Elder Law Planning
Psychological implications of retirement
Employment concerns
2017 Estate Planning Update
Rights, duties & liabilities – when to leave a firm
Wealth management
Knowing when to retire
       …and more!

 

This conference is not just designed for attorneys age 50 and over who are looking for answers to the many questions they have as they start thinking about retirement, but also young lawyers looking to plan for their future.

A survey conducted in New York showed that among attorneys 50 and over, 24% of respondents didn’t plan to retire until their 70s, 12% planned to keep working as long as they could and 22% hadn’t decided what their future would be. These results show how commonplace it is, and will continue to be, for senior attorneys to practice well into their sixties, and beyond.

 

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 7.3 hours of total CLE credit.
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 7.3 credits
PA CLE: 6.0 substantive credits pending ($24 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)
NY CLE: 7.0 professional practice 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

For additional information concerning New Jersey elder law, visit: https://vanarellilaw.com/legal-services/
For additional information concerning estate planning and administration, visit: https://vanarellilaw.com/estate-planning-administration/
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Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. to Present at the 2016 Elder Law College 

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will present at the 2016 Elder Law College given by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education on December 14, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza, located at 690 Route 46 East, Fairfield, New Jersey.

Mr. Vanarelli will provide an overview of New Jersey law concerning guardianships and conservatorships. 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/.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn from some of New Jersey’s most experienced Elder Law practitioners!

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

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Moderator/Speaker:
Donald M. McHugh, Esq.,CELA, CAP
McHugh & Macri (East Hanover)
Speakers include:
Cathyanne Pisciotta, Esq.
Pisciotta & Menasha, LLC (North Brunswick)
Jonathan Bressman, Esq.
Law Office of Jonathan Bressman, LLC (Fairfield)
John W. Callinan, Esq., CELA
Past Chair, NJSBA Elder and Disability Law Section
Law Office of John W. Callinan (Wall)
Rachel Frett
Senior Home Care Services (Morristown)
Linda Ershow-Levenberg, Esq., CELA
Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg, LLC (Clark)
Lauren Marinaro, Esq.
Past Chair, NJSBA Elder and Disability Law Section
Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg, LLC (Clark)
Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq.
Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, NJ State Bar, Elder and Disability Law Section
Certified Elder Law Attorney by the ABA-accredited National Elder Law Foundation
Past Chair, NJSBA Elder and Disability Law Section
Law Offices of Donald D. Vanarelli (Westfield)
Shirley B. Whitenack, Esq.
Immediate Past President, National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
Past Chair, NJSBA Elder and Disability Law Section
Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP (Florham Park)
About the Program:
Elder Law Practice is one of the top growing areas of the law nationwide.

If you are looking for an opportunity to earn CLE credit while brushing up on the latest in Estate Planning and other senior law matters this seminar is for you.

America is graying, and more attorneys are being asked to handle issues involving aging clients. This is a growing segment of the population and their issues are unique. In just one day, this novice level seminar will address these issues and provide you with the solid foundation and practical strategies that you need when handling elder law matters.

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to learn from some of New Jersey’s most experience Elder Law practitioners!

This comprehensive one-day college will provide you with everything you need to confidently handle Elder Law matters in your practice, including:
Tax and estate planning strategies
Medicaid planning
Probate and guardianship mediation and litigation
Social security issues
Guardianships and conservatorships
Special needs trusts
The new waiver process under Managed Long Terms Services and Supports (MISTS)
Nursing home admissions, discharges and the protected rights of clients
Home care options
      ..and more!
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 6.7 hours of total CLE credit.
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 6.7 credits (50 minute hour)
PA CLE: 5.5 substantive credits pending ($24 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)
NY CLE (t&nt): 6.5 professional practice credits
CPE: 6.5 taxation credits

Door Registration: $225

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Click here for PDF registration form.
Group Registrations:
Interested in registering a group for this program? Click here for a PDF order form.
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 at the Elder & Disability Law Section Roundtable Discussion on Medicaid Appeals

Westfield, NJ – October 6, 2016 — Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will participate in the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Elder & Disability Law Section Roundtable Discussion on Medicaid Appeals to be held on October 13, 2016 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, NJ.

Mr. Vanarelli will present on “Appealing a Final Agency Decision to the Superior Court, Appellate Division,” an overview of the current laws governing the Medicaid appeals process in the administrative forum and state court.

For additional information regarding elder law issues, including Medicaid applications and appeals, contact the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli at 908-232-7400, or visit them online at http://VanarelliLaw.com/.

Information about the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Elder & Disability Law Section Roundtable Discussion on Medicaid Appeals can be found below:  

New Jersey State Bar Association
Elder & Disability Law Section
Roundtable Discussion

Medicaid Appeals

Thursday, October 13 ∙ 9-11 a.m.
New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick

2.4 CLE credits

$29 per person (with CLE credits); $6 per person (without CLE credits)

About the Program

Learn where to file a Medicaid appeal, in state or federal court, when a Medicaid application is denied.

Roundtable Coordinator
Benjamin J. Menasha
Pisciotta & Menasha, LLC

Speakers
John W. Callinan
Law Office of John W. Callinan

Daniel J. Jurkovic
Law Office of Daniel J. Jurkovic

Donald D. Vanarelli
Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli

Jane Fearn-Zimmer
The Rothkoff Law Group

Download the registration form and fax to 732-249-2414, or login to register online. To register by phone, call Member Services 732-249-5000.

For additional information concerning Medicaid applications and appeals, visit:

NJ Medicaid Applications

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Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. to Present at the 75th Semi-Annual Tax & Estate Planning Forum

Westfield, NJ – May 24, 2016 — Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will participate in the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s 75th Semi-Annual Tax & Estate Planning Forum to be held on June 1, 2016 at The Imperia in Somerset, NJ.

Mr. Vanarelli will present on “Special Needs Trusts: Trends and Traps,” an overview of the current law governing special needs trusts.

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 elder law issues, including social security eligibility and veterans’ benefits, contact the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli at 908-232-7400, or visit them online at http://VanarelliLaw.com/.

Information about the 75th Semi-Annual Tax & Estate Planning Forum can be found below: 
75th Semi-Annual Tax & Estate Planning Forum

 

Location: The Imperia, 1714 Easton Ave Somerset, NJ 08873-1332

Date: June 1, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET

Co-Moderators/Speakers:
John J. Miesowitz, Esq.
Ventura, Miesowitz, Keough & Warner, PC
(Summit)
John L. Pritchard, Esq.
Author, Pritchard’s New Jersey Estate and Trusts –
Statutes, Annotations and Commentary (NJICLE)

Law Offices of John L. Pritchard (Union)
Speakers include:
Robert I. Aufseeser, Esq.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP (Florham Park)
Beth L. Barnhard, Esq.
Rubenstein, Meyerson, Fox, Mancinelli,
Conte & Bern, PA (Montvale)
Andrew J. DeMaio, Esq.
Past Chair, NJSBA Real Property Trusts & Estate Law Section Board of Consultors
Neff Aguilar, LLC (Red Bank)
Richard H. Greenberg, Esq.
Past Chair, NJSBA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
Past Chair, NJSBA Taxation Section
2011 Clapp Laureate
Greenberg & Schulman (Woodbridge)
Bruce E. Mantell, Esq.
Mantell Prince & Reynolds, PC (New Providence)
Jack F. Meola, Esq.
EisnerAmper LLP (Iselin)
John H. Skarbnik, Esq., LLM
Of Counsel, Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, PC (Hackensack)
Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq., CELA          

Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, NJSBA, Elder and Disability Law Section

Past Chair, NJSBA Elder and Disability Law Section
Law Offices of Donald D. Vanarelli (Westfield)

Steven K. Warner, Esq.
Ventura, Miesowitz, Keough & Warner, PC (Summit)

 

Program Agenda:
8:15 Continental Breakfast and Registration
9:00 Announcements
9:05 Keynote Presentation:
The Appointment of Special Medical Guardians by the General Equity Part Under Court Rule 4:86-12, and Comparisons to Other Guardianship Actions and Commitment
Proceedings. – Beth L. Barnhard, Esq.
9:35 The Highlights of the New Jersey Uniform Trust Code, N.J.S. 3B:30-1 et seq. Effective July 17, 2016. – Andrew J. DeMaio, Esq.
10:05 Practical Problems in Appraising Tangible Personal Property for Estates –
10:35 Break
10:50 Special Needs Trusts: Trends and Traps – Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq., CELA
11:20 Estate Tax Recent Developments: No New Jersey Estate Tax, But Pay at the Pump? And More –Richard H. Greenberg, Esq.
12:20 Luncheon
1:00 Maximizing Tax Basis to Minimize Capital Gains: Developing a Plan to Wake-Up the Sleeping Dog – Bruce E. Mantell, Esq.
1:30 Planning with Inter Vivos QTIP Trusts – John J. Miesowitz, Esq.
2:00 Is Fido an Asset or a Beneficiary? Estate Planning for Pets as Family Members with Trusts under N.J.S. 3B:ll-38, and Other Techniques – John H. Skarbnik, Esq.
2:30 Break
2:45 Considerations for Non-Resident Estates – Jack F. Meola, Esq.
3:15 The Law of Lost Wills, the Safe-Keeping of Documents, the Ethical Requirements Regarding Client Files, and Related Issues – Robert I. Aufseeser, Esq.
3:45 The Deposition of the Scrivener of the Last Will and Testament, and Lessons for Estate Planning Attorneys – John L. Pritchard, Esq.
4:15 Statutes of Limitation, Laches, and Related Practice Pointers for the Estate Litigator – Steven K. Warner, Esq.
4:45 Conclusion

 

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

For additional information concerning special needs trusts and disability planning, visit: https://vanarellilaw.com/special-needs-disability-planning/

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Government Long-Term Care Benefits for NJ Residents (Video)

The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli provides comprehensive Government Long-Term Care Benefits Legal Services throughout the State of New Jersey. See: https://vanarellilaw.com/medicaid-public-benefits-planning/

Elder Law topics covered in the video include Eligibility for Medicaid, Income and Resource Limits and Caps, Medicare Coverage, Home Health Aides, Home Health Care, Nursing Home Care, Assisted Living Facilities, Long-Term Care Insurance, Nursing Home Costs, Resource Rules, Lookback Period Calculations, Eligibility for Veterans Pension Benefits, Net Worth Test, and more.

Noted NJ Attorney Donald D. Vanarelli presents Government Long-Term Care Benefits — the final video in a 4-part series that discusses crucial Elder Law topics. Call 908-232-7400 or visit http://VananrelliLaw.com/ for additional information.

The YouTube Channel for the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarellli is located at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClCWs2FIrzO7BUY7ooVe_Lw

Government Long-Term Care Benefits for New Jersey Residents

By Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq.

Overview of Government Sources for the Payment of Long Term Care Costs

Government Sources of Payment
  1. Medicare
  2. Medicaid
  3. Veterans Administration

Overview of Long Term Care Costs Covered by Medicare

  1. Home Health Aides
  2. Nursing Home Care
Medicare – Home Health Aides
  • Covers up to 100 home visits per “spell of illness”.
  • Preconditions to payment: prior hospital stay of at least 3 days and home health care initiated within 14 days of discharge.
  • Beneficiary must be homebound and need skilled nursing care, physical or speech therapy, NOT custodial care.
Medicare Payment of Nursing Home Care
  • Immediate prior hospital stay of 3 days
  • Admitted to NH within 30 days of hospital discharge
  • Covers skilled nursing care or rehabilitation only, NOT custodial care.
How Much Does Nursing Home Medicare Pay?
  • Maximum Coverage – 100 days
  • Day 1-20 – Medicare pays 100% of covered charges
  • Day 21-100 – Medicare pays all covered charges, except coinsurance amount. Year 2016 coinsurance payment = $157.50/day, or about $4,800/month
  • Day 101 – on your own

Overview of Medicaid Payment of Long Term Care Costs

MEDICAID
  • Pays the majority of long-term care costs in New Jersey and elsewhere
  • Joint Federal and State Program
  • Provides medical assistance for financially eligible persons who are aged, blind or disabled
Income Limits
  • Income – all income is counted in determining eligibility
  • Income cap – All Medicaid programs have an income cap. In 2016, the cap is $2,199/month. Income above the cap must be transferred to a Qualified Income Trust each month.
Resource Limits
  • Countable resources – all assets in the sole name of applicant, in the sole name of spouse, or in joint names, either with the spouse or another person. Includes pension and retirement assets of BOTH the applicant and spouse.
  • Resource Limits – $2,000 for an individual and $3,000 for a couple.
  • Excess resources – must be spent down.
Transfer of Resources Rules
  • “Look-back period” – Period which Medicaid examines upon the submission of a Medicaid application to determine an applicant’s countable assets, and the disposition of an applicant’s assets.
  • Look-back Period Under the Medicaid Law- 5 years, or 60 months
  • “Penalty period” – Period of Medicaid ineligibility imposed as a result of a transfer of assets for less than fair market value (i. e., a gift) made during the 60-month look-back period.
  • To prevent gifting of assets, Medicaid imposes a “penalty period”,  or period of ineligibility for Medicaid, for all gifts made within the “lookback period”.
Comparing Medicare and Medicaid Coverage for Long-Term Care Costs

Medicare: covers costs of home health aides and nursing homes for those who need skilled nursing care or therapy, but for a limited time only. No financial limits. Medicaid: covers home health aides, assisted living facilities and nursing homes, but only for the aged, blind and disabled who need custodial care and who meet strict financial limits.

Overview of Major VA Benefit Programs

1.Service-Connected Compensation

Disability compensation is a monetary benefit for veterans who are disabled by an injury or disease that was incurred or aggravated during active service.

2. Needs-Based Pension

Pension is a monetary benefit for veterans who (1) are disabled (not service-connected) (2) have low income and resources, and (3) served during a period of wartime.

Basic Eligibility Criteria for VA Pension Program

All of the following criteria must be met before a veteran or widow(er) of a veteran can receive Improved Pension benefits:

1.The veteran must have served at least 90 days of active duty service, one day of which must have been during a wartime period. In general, wartime is:

  • World War I
  • World War II – Dec. 7, 1941 – Dec. 31, 1946
  • Korean War – June 27, 1950 – Jan. 31, 1955
  • Vietnam War – Aug. 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975
  • Gulf War – August 2, 1990 through date to be set by law by Presidential Proclamation

2. The veteran must have received a discharge other than dishonorable;

3. The claimant must have limited income and assets; and,

4. The claimant must be permanently and totally disabled, or be over age 65.

VA Improved Pension Program: Three Tiers of Benefits
  1. Low Income Pension
  2. Housebound Benefits
  3. Aid and Attendance Benefits

Housebound benefits and Aid and Attendance benefits are supplements paid in addition to the basic Low Income Pension to certain veterans to cover the additional costs of care for their added disabilities.

Net Worth: Standard

The VA considers the net worth of the individual seeking benefits, excluding the value of the person’s home, furnishings, and car.  The standard as to whether a person will be eligible for benefits is whether the person has “sufficient means” to pay for his or her care.

Assets that are counted toward the “sufficient means” analysis include bank accounts, certificates of deposit, money market accounts, investment accounts, annuities, retirement accounts, life insurance cash surrender values, etc.

Net Worth Test
  • STANDARD: Sufficient Means to Self-Pay
  • Sufficient Means: A commonly used measure is $80,000 or less for a married couple, $50,000 or less for a single veteran.
  • Age Analysis: Age vs. Asset test
VA Transfer of Resources Rules

No look-back period

Compare Medicaid with VA Pension rules regarding transfers of resources. But, note difference in VA Nursing Home Rules.

The YouTube Channel for the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarellli is located at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClCWs2FIrzO7BUY7ooVe_Lw

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Disability Planning for New Jersey Residents (Video)

The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli provides Special Needs Trusts and Disability Planning Attorney Services throughout the State of New Jersey. See: https://vanarellilaw.com/special-needs-disability-planning/

Elder Law topics covered in this video include 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.

Disability Planning is the first video in a 4-part series that discuss crucial NJ Elder Law topics.  Call 908-232-7400 or visit http://VanarelliLaw.com/ for additional information.

The YouTube Channel for the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarellli is located at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClCWs2FIrzO7BUY7ooVe_Lw

Disability Planning for New Jersey Residents

By Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq.

Planning for Substitute Decision-Making
  1. Capacity – A critical threshold issue.
  2. Legal devices for substitute decision-making: 1. Court-supervised; 2. Voluntary
Court-Imposed Substitute Decision-Making
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships
Nature and Use of Guardianship

A guardianship is a legal mechanism designed to provide surrogate decision-making and financial management for a person who is no longer able to govern him/herself and who has not made alternate voluntary arrangements.

Characteristics of Guardianships: Voluntary; and Imposed by Court.

Guardianships are only for persons who are legally incompetent – medical evidence needed. Alternate voluntary arrangements either not made or ineffective.

Voluntary Substitute Decision-Making
  • Representative Payeeships (SSA, SSI)
  • Joint Tenancies (Inc. joint bank accts.)
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Advance Medical Directives (Living Wills)
  • Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders
  • Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts
  • Family Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies
Powers of Attorney
  • The most important, simplest and least expensive estate document.
  • A power of attorney is a mechanism by which the principal authorizes an agent to manage the principal’s financial affairs if the principal becomes incapacitated.
Characteristics of Powers of Attorney
  • Creates Fiduciary Relationship
  • General vs. Special
  • Durable vs. Springing
  • Sole Agent vs. Joint Agents
  • Termination- death, revocation or expiration
Powers Conferred in Powers of Attorney
  • banking transactions
  • to make gifts, including gifts to the agent
  • prepare and sign tax returns
  • to create, amend and fund trusts
  • change beneficiaries
  • to execute contracts, leases and deeds
  • to loan or borrow money
  • to engage in long-term care planning
Advance Medical Directives (“Living Wills”)

The right to make decisions about medical treatment is a fundamental right protected under the federal and state constitutions.

Living Wills In New Jersey

N.J. law recognizes 3 planning devices:

  1. Instruction Directive
  2. Proxy Directive POA for Health Care
  3. Combined Directive

Religious preferences may be presented.

Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders

Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders prohibit cardiopulmonary resuscitation when the lungs or heart stop working. DNR orders are normally applicable only in hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities. EMS personnel are generally required to attempt resuscitation.

Practitioner Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

Medical orders that help give seriously ill or frail patients more control over end-of-life care. Signed by both the doctor and patient/surrogate. POLST Orders can prevent unwanted or ineffective treatment, reduce patient and family suffering and ensure patient wishes are honored.

Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD)

Psychiatric Advance Directive: Allows a person to specify important information for caregivers in the event of a mental health crisis.

Trusts

A trust is one of the most important estate planning tools. A trust is a legal relationship in which a person transfers property to one or more trustees who own the property as fiduciaries. The trustees must use the property only as set forth in the trust agreement, or as provided by law.

Providing for Persons with Disabilities: Special Needs Trusts

Purpose – To preserve the disabled person’s eligibility for needs-based governmental benefits (SSI, Medicaid, DDD services) while providing a vehicle to hold funds owned by disabled person, or funds contributed by the parents or other third parties, to supplement public benefits.

The YouTube Channel for the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarellli is located at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClCWs2FIrzO7BUY7ooVe_Lw

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Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. Named to the New Jersey Super Lawyers List In 2016, For The 10th Consecutive Year

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. Named to the New Jersey Super Lawyers List In 2016, For The 10th Consecutive Year

The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli is proud to announce that Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. has been named to the 2016 Super Lawyers list in Elder Law. This is the 10th 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; Social Security, SSI, Medicare, Medicaid and other public benefits; probate litigation and will contests; disability planning, including guardianships and special needs trusts; and the protection of elders and the disabled against abuse, neglect, and  exploitation.

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)

The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli congratulates Mr. Vanarelli on being named to the Super Lawyers List in New Jersey in 2016, for the 10th consecutive year.

To learn more about the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli, visit: https://vanarellilaw.com/about-the-firm/

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Legislative Update Webinar Presented by the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

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Start Date: Thursday, March 3, 2016, 1:00 PM

End Date: Thursday, March 3, 2016, 2:00 PM

This NJ NAELA Legislative Webinar is FREE for all NY NAELA members.

This webinar is a legislative update regarding implementation of the ABLE Act in New Jersey, the Uniform Trust Code and Uniform Decanting Statute as it relates to special needs planning, and the NJ Law Revision Commission’s report on the Saccone case.

Registration link was sent to all NJ NAELA members. if you did not receive it, or if you are interested in joining the chapter, please contact the webinar coordinator, Andy Knoll, at aknoll@naela.org (email) or 703-942-5711 (phone).

Speakers:

Robert Brogan, Esq., CELA (bob@broganelderlaw.com)

Regina M. Spielberg, Esq., CELA (rms@spsk.com)

Donald Vanarelli, Esq., CELA (dvanarelli@vanarellilaw.com)

For additional information concerning special needs trusts and disability planning, visit: https://vanarellilaw.com/special-needs-disability-planning/

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Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. to Present on the Mediation of Contested Guardianship Cases

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will present at the 2016 CONFERENCE ON GUARDIANSHIP given by the Guardianship Association of New Jersey, Inc. (GANJI) on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, NJ

Contested guardianship typically involve disputes among adult siblings concerning the safety, living arrangements, autonomy and financial management of a family member who is elderly or has a cognitive impairment. Mediation, which encourages consensus building and fosters the preservation of relationships, is a valuable tool in resolving guardianship contests. Mr. Vanarelli will discuss the mediation process, and the use of mediation to resolve issues that arise in contested guardianship cases.

Who should attend

This program is designed to be of interest to attorneys, social workers, psychologists, professional and family guardians, health care professionals, geriatric care managers, and others who work with individuals caring for persons with disabilities as a result of age, injury or mental illness.

Continuing Education Credits

This course is intended for the intermediate and advanced practitioner.  Certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the Conference, based upon attendance and completion of course evaluation. Please remember to include your State Professional License number when registering.

  • Attorneys: This program is pending approval with the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 5 hours of total CLE credit.
  • Registered Guardians: This program is pending approval by the Center for Guardianship Certification for 5.0 general credits.
  • Social Workers: Contact Mary Ellen Colangelo for information at GANJI.Conference@gmail.com

For additional information, contact the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli at 908-232-7400, or visit them online at http://VanarelliLaw.com/.

Information about GANJI’s  upcoming 2016 CONFERENCE ON GUARDIANSHIP  can be found below: 
SCHEDULE

8:00 – 9:00 AM      Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 AM       Welcoming Remarks: President: Marisol Perez, Esq.
9:15 – 10:15 AM      Opening AddressGwen Orlowski, Esq.

10:15 – 11:15 AM  Panel 1: Aging Out of the System
Panel: Gwen Orlowski, Esq.; Edward Leeds, Esq.; and, James C. Maraventano, M.Ed.,BCBA

11:15 – 11:30 AM Break

11:30 – 12:30 PM  Panel 2: Divergent POA & Guardianships
Panel: Hon. Margaret Mary McVeigh, P.J.Ch.; Harry O’Malley, Esq. Deputy Surrogate, Mercer County; and, Stephanie M. Kay, Esq.

12:30 – 1:30 PM   Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 PM     Workshop I (Select One)
 A. Technology to Help Seniors Stay at Home
Speaker: Mark Zilberman, LCSW
 B. Mediation in Contested Guardianships
Speakers: Connie Rosenberg, MPS,RN,CMC; Donald Vanarelli, Esq.; and, Harry O’Malley, Esq.
 C. Medicare/Medicaid Update
Speaker: Mary McGeary, MSW, NJ SHIP

2:30 – 2:45 PM   Break

                                                2:45 – 3:45 PM     Workshop II (Select One)                                                     A. Technology to Help Seniors Stay at Home
Speaker: Mark Zilberman, LCSW
B. Mediation in Contested Guardianships
Speakers: Connie Rosenberg, MPS,RN,CMC; Donald Vanarelli, Esq.; and, Harry O’Malley, Esq.
C. Medicare/Medicaid Update
Speaker: Mary McGeary, MSW, NJ SHIP

3:45 – 4:00 PM   CONCLUSION

About GANJI

The Guardianship Association of New Jersey, Inc. (GANJI) is a not-for-profit organization of professionals, families and individuals dedicated to improving the quality of guardianship services and process through education and advocacy. GANJI upholds that:

  • Every person appointed to a guardian’s care receives quality services, respect, due process, rights and dignity
  • Incapacitated persons maintain autonomy and self-determination to the maximum extent possible.
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

For additional information concerning mediation services, visit: vanarellilaw.com/resolving-conflicts-through-elder-mediation/

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Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. to Moderate the Advanced Special Needs Trust Symposium

“Use of Special Needs Trusts in Cases Involving Divorce”  to be presented by leading NJ Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney, Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq., who will also act as Moderator of the Symposium

Westfield, NJ – December 15, 2015 — Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will moderate and present at the Advanced Special Needs Trust Symposium given by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education on January 20, 2016 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, NJ.

Mr. Vanarelli will provide an overview of the use of Special Needs Trusts in cases involving divorce to protect spousal and child support awards from impacting needs-based public benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, services from the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), Section 8 Housing and the like.

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 elder law and estate planning issues, including planning for disability, special needs trusts and divorce issues, contact the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli at 908-232-7400, or visit them online at http://VanarelliLaw.com/.

Information about the upcoming Advanced Special Needs Trust Symposium can be found below: 

ADVANCED SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST SYMPOSIUM

JANUARY 20, 2016, 9:00-4:00

NEW JERSEY LAW CENTER

/Moderator/Speaker::
Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq.

Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, NJ State Bar, Elder and Disability Law Section
Certified Elder Law Attorney by the ABA accredited National Elder Law Foundation
Accredited Veterans Attorney
Former Social Security Claim Representative
Former Chair, NJSBA Elder & Disability Law Section
Law Offices of Donald D. Vanarelli (Westfield)

Speakers include:
Dana Bookbinder, Esq.
Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by
the ABA Accredited National Elder
Law Foundation
Begley Law Group, PC (Moorestown)
Kristen Behrens, Esq.
Begley Law Group, PC (Moorestown)
Jane M. Fearn-Zimmer, Esq., LLM
Rothkoff Law Group (Cherry Hill)
Lawrence A. Friedman, Esq.
Certified Elder Law Attorney by ABA
Accredited National Elder Law Foundation
Former Chair, NJSBA Elder & Disability Law Section
Awarded the Distinguished Legislative Service Award from the NJSBA
FriedmanLaw (Bridgewater)
Carol Johnston, Esq.
Administrative Office of the Courts
(Trenton)
Gary Mazart, Esq.
Past Chair, NJSBA Elder & Disability LawSection
Editor/Author: New Jersey Elder Law Practice (2010 Supplement, NJICLE)
Schenck Price Smith & King, LLP (Florham Park & Paramus)
Shirley Whitenack, Esq.
Schenck Price Smith & King, LLP (Florham Park & Paramus)

 

About The Program:

 

A special needs trust is a trust designed to ensure that beneficiaries can use property intended for their benefit. Having a solid understanding and road-map can be the difference between success & failure.

When a client comes to you asking for help planning for the financial security and wellbeing of a child with a disability, are you confident that you can handle the situation? This program will provide you with a roadmap to properly plan for the future of the special needs dependent.

 

Program Agenda:
9:00 Introduction – Donald Vanarelli, Esq.
9:15 First-Party v. Third-Party SNTs, “Sole Benefit Of” Trusts – Dana Bookbinder, Esq.
9:45 Reformation; SNT to Support Trusts; Presenting SNTs for Court Approval –
Shirley Whitenack, Esq.
10:50 Break
11:00 New Legislation: ABLE Act, ACA, SNT Fairness Act, NDAA
(Vet Pensions to SNTs for Disabled Child) – Jane M. Fearn-Zimmer, Esq.
11:45 Luncheon
12:45 Use of SNTs in cases involving Divorce – Donald Vanarelli, Esq.
1:15 Alternatives to SNTs and Why (Settlement Preservation Trusts,
Medicare Set-Aside Trust, etc.) – Kristen Behrens, Esq.
2:00 Break
2:10 Taxation – Gary Mazart, Esq.
2:45 SNT Administration (and short segment on proposed changes to Uniform Trust Code)
Lawrence A. Friedman, Esq.
3:30 Ethics: Conflicts between Grantor, Trustee, Beneficiary – Carol Johnston, Esq.
4:00 Adjourn

 

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 6.7 hours of total CLE credit.
NJ CLE : This program has been approved for 6.7 credits (50 minute hour)
PA CLE: 5.5 substantive credits pending ($24 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)
NY CLE (nt): 6.5 professional practice credits
CPE: 6.0 taxation credit

 

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

For additional information concerning special needs trusts and disability planning, visit: https://vanarellilaw.com/special-needs-disability-planning/
For additional information concerning New Jersey divorce law, visit: https://vanarellilaw.com/family-law-services/#sdpnj

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Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. to Present at the 2015 Elder Law College

‘Overview of Veterans Benefits and Social Security Disability Benefits’ to be presented by leading NJ Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney, Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq.

Westfield, NJ – December 1, 2015 — Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will participate in the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Elder Law College held on December 14, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Fairfield, NJ.

Mr. Vanarelli will provide an overview of the eligibility criteria and planning strategies for VA Pension Benefits and Social Security Disability Benefits.

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 elder law issues, including social security eligibility and veterans’ benefits, contact the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli at 908-232-7400, or visit them online at http://VanarelliLaw.com/.

Information about this year’s Elder Law College program can be found below: 

2015 Elder Law College

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 690 Route 46 E Fairfield, NJ 07004-1539

Date: December 14, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM ET

Moderator/Speaker:

Donald M. McHugh, Esq., CELA, CAP
Certified Elder Law Attorney by ABA Accredited National Elder Law Foundation
McHugh & Macri (East Hanover)
Speakers: 

Jonathan Bressman, Esq.
Jonathan Bressman, LLC (Fairfield)

John W. Callinan, Esq.
Past Chair, NJSBA Elder & Disability Law Section
Certified Elder Law Attorney by ABA Accredited National Elder Law Foundation
Law Offices of John W. Callinan (Wall)
Rachel Kenselaar
Director of Marketing
Senior Home Care Services (Morristown)
Linda Ershow-Levenberg, Esq.
Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation
Fink, Rosner & Ershow-Levenberg, LLC (Clark)
Lauren S. Marinaro, Esq.
Past Chair, NJSBA?Elder & Disability Law Section
Fink, Rosner & Ershow-Levenberg, LLC (Clark)
Cathyanne A. Pisciotta, Esq.
Pisciotta & Menasha, LLC (North Brunswick)
Eugene Rosner, Esq.
Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation
Fink, Rosner & Ershow-Levenberg (Clark)
Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq.
Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, NJ State Bar, Elder and Disability Law Section                          Certified Elder Law Attorney by ABA Accredited National Elder Law Foundation
Accredited Veterans Attorney
Past Chair, NJSBA Elder & Disability Law Section
Law Offices of Donald D. Vanarelli (Westfield)
Shirley B. Whitenack, Esq.
Chair, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) – 2016
Member, Special Needs Alliance
Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP (Florham Park & Paramus)
Program Agenda:
9:00 Introduction – Donald McHugh, Esq.
9:15 Probate/Guardianship Mediation and Litigation – Cathyanne Pisciotta, Esq.
10:00 Tax & Estate Planning – Jonathan Bressman, Esq.
10:45 Medicaid Planning – John W. Callinan, Esq.
11:30 Break
11:45 Social Security and VA Public Benefits – Donald Vanarelli, Esq.
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Special Needs Trusts – Shirley B. Whitenack, Esq.
2:15 Special Planning for Second Marriages – Linda Ershow-Levenberg, Esq.
3:00 Alphabet Soup: New HCBS Process Under MLTSS
(Managed long term care service & supports) – Lauren Marinaro, Esq.
3:45 Home Care Options – Rachel Frett
4:00 Adjourn
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, veterans, 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, veterans, 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 at the 18th Annual Elder and Disability Law Symposium

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(Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. in the midst of oral argument before the New Jersey Supreme Court. A video of the entire oral argument can be found on the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli website.)

‘Elder and Disability Law Update’ and ‘Veteran Benefits Workshop’ to be presented by leading NJ Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney, Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq.

Westfield, NJ – September 15, 2015 — Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (http://VanarelliLaw.com/) will participate in the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s 18th Annual Elder and Disability Law Symposium held on September 29, 2015 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, NJ.

Mr. Vanarelli will provide the ‘Elder and Disability Law Update’ – a review of cases decided in the fields of disability and elder law in New Jersey in the past year. He will also present at the ‘What Every Elder Law Attorney Should Know About Veteran Benefits’ workshop.

“It is always a great pleasure to work with and provide instruction to attorneys interested in the fields of elder and disability law,” said Mr. Vanarelli. He added, “As a long-time advocate for the rights of seniors, veterans, and the disabled, I look forward to participating in the Elder and Disability Law Symposium each year.” 

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 elder law and veterans’ benefits, contact the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli at 908-232-7400, or visit them online at http://VanarelliLaw.com/.

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, veterans, 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, veterans, 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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Notice of Mr. Vanarelli ’s Presentation at the 18th Annual Elder and Disability Law Symposium was distributed via Press Release through various  Media as follows:

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For additional information concerning the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli visit: https://vanarellilaw.com/law-firm-profile/.

For further information about the 18th Annual Elder and Disability Law Symposium, see below:

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Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. will be speaking at the 2015 First Annual End Of Life Conference

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Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. will be speaking at the “First Annual End Of Life Conference: Legal and Practical Issues in Advance Care Planning” presented by the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the NJ Law Center in New Brunswick, NJ

This program, the first of its kind in New Jersey, is interdisciplinary in scope, bringing medical and legal experts together to discuss advance health care planning.  Lawyers, in the best situation to provide clients with counselling and advice about advance care planning, will discuss the legal tools available in New Jersey to achieve clients’ advance health care planning goals, including Advance Medical Directives, Durable Powers of Attorney, Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment, and Do Not Resuscitate Orders. After reviewing end of life issues in New Jersey, medical experts will discuss the use of the legal tools in real-life situations and advise lawyers on improving existing legal tools and creating new tools that will be more effective in accomplishing client goals in the face of medical challenges.

About Donald D. Vanarelli

Donald D. Vanarelli is a Certified Elder Law Attorney.by the National Elder Law Foundation, an ABA-certifying organization, 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. In 2015, Mr. Vanarelli was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association, 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. Mr. Vanarelli 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.

About The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli

The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli, located in Westfield, New Jersey, 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. Call 908-232-7400 or e-mail Info@VanarelliLaw.com for an appointment.

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Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Donald D. Vanarelli, New Jersey Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney 

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Elder and Disability Law Section

State Bar Association’s Elder and Disability Law Section Presents its Highest Honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, in Recognition of Distinguished Service and Significant Contributions in Elder and Disability Law

WESTFIELD, N.J., April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (https://vanarellilaw.com/), was presented with the Marilyn Askin Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Elder and Disability Law Section during its annual retreat in Philadelphia, PA.

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. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognized Mr. Vanarelli’s advocacy in elder and disability law, including a number of precedent-setting legal victories which advanced the rights of seniors and persons with disabilities.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was named in honor of attorney Marilyn Askin, considered by many to be the “Mother of New Jersey Elder Law.” Marilyn founded what has become the NJSBA Elder and Disability Law Section and served as its chair for many years.

“To be chosen for this award by fellow elder law attorneys who work beside me in this rewarding field is truly an honor,” Mr. Vanarelli reflected.

About Donald D. Vanarelli

Donald D. Vanarelli is a Certified Elder Law Attorney. Certified by the National Elder Law Foundation, an ABA-certifying organization, Mr. Vanarelli is also an Accredited Veterans Attorney and an Accredited Professional Mediator. He has successfully litigated cases inNew Jersey’s Supreme Court and in federal court. Mr. Vanarelli 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.

About The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli

The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli, located in Westfield, New Jersey, 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. Call 908-232-7400 or e-mailInfo@VanarelliLaw.com for an appointment.

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

Notification of Mr. Vanarelli’s receipt of the Lifetime Achievement Award was distributed via press release through various  media as follows:

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After accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award, I received congratulations from friends, family and colleagues, for which I am very grateful. A sample of those congratulatory notes and emails follow:

Congrats Don! Thanks for all the great work you’ve done for NJ’s senior and special needs communities.

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

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Congratulations on the Marilyn Askin Lifetime Achievement Award. It is an honor to work with such an advocate of the elderly and disabled.

Judith S. Parnes, L.C.S.W., C.M.C., Elder Life Management, LLC

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Congratulations on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award!  What a great honor!

Beverly Roberts, Director, Mainstreaming Medical Care, The Arc of New Jersey

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Congrats, Don! A great accomplishment and a recognition well deserved!”

Thomas D. Begley III, Esq., Chair, Wills, Trusts & Estates Department, Capehart & Scatchard

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Congratulations! Well deserved. You set the model!

Adrienne Robertiello, Autism Educator, Children’s Specialized Hospital

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What an honor, Don! Congratulations.

Eileen Kohutis, Ph.D., NJ Licensed Psychologist

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Congrats! Well done and deserved.

John H. Schmidt, Jr., Esq., Lindabury, McCormack, Estabrook & Cooper

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You’ve earned it Don. Congratulations!

Amy Wechsler, Esq., Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP

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Congrats! Sorry I missed it.

Gwen Orlowski, Esq., Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

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Don, I just learned that you received the Marilyn Askin award. Well deserved.Please accept by belated but heartfelt congratulations. Hope to see you soon.

Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esq., Begley Law Group

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Don – Congratulations on a well-deserved Award!

James Estabrook, Esq., Lindabury, McCormack, Estabrook & Cooper

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Congrats! Truly, a marvelous achievement! You & your family should be PROUD!

Joyce Wein Wohl, Principal at Wohl2Wohl Art Consultants

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Congratulations Don!!

Dana Rozansky Bollokbinder, Esq., Law office of Dana Bookbinder

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Congrats Don! Great work. Keep it going.

Bob Gavrielski, Esq., Chair, Corporate and International Law Groups, Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, PA

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Great, but is it because you are elderly?

Peter Caruso

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Congrats dad!!! Love you

Julie Vanarelli, Personal Trainer, Certified Massage Therapist, Pasadena, CA

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That’s no big deal. I graduated from law school before the Don. I am his mentor & role model so you all should congratulate ME!!!

John Vanarelli, Esq., Deputy District Attorney, Ventura County, CA

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Congratulations Don and will deserved.

Jerry Ricciardo, Certified Financial Planner, Mark F. Swingle Group

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A big congratulations to you on the occasion of this very prestigious award! So well deserved…. and here’s to many more years of great work and achievement. Elyse 

Elyse Weber-Sacks, President/Owner at Connie Rosenberg & Associates Care Management, Inc.

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Congratulations!

Janice Chapin, Esq., Central Jersey Legal Services, Inc.

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Congratulations Don! So happy to see that all your years of true professionalism, empathy for clients in unique situations and practical good advice has been recognized!

Donna L. Sicola, Esq., Partner at Tompkins, McGuire, Wachenfeld & Barry LLP

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Congrats Don! A great accomplishment for a great guy in a space where people like you are desperately needed! All the best, Bob

Bob Gabrielski, Esq., Member and Chair of Corporate and International Law Groups, Member of Mgmt Comm, at Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, PA

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Congratulations!

Lynn Magnusson, ASA, AAA, Board of Directors, NJ American Society of Appraisers, and President, The Magnusson Group

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Congratulations Mr. Vanarelli on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award

Sally Damm, MSA, LNHA, QALA, LSWA Preceptor, Sally Damm Consulting and Services

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CONGRATULATIONS!!! Don. Well Deserved!!!

Matthew J. Sheehy, Principal at SHEEHY Consulting Associates

Photo of the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Elder Law Retreat:

Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation

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Attorney Donald D. Vanarelli Celebrates 15 Years of Highest Possible Attorney Rating

Donald D. Vanarelli, a Westfield, NJ attorney whose primary area of practice is Elder Law and Special Needs Planning, is celebrating 15 Years of being rated AV Preeminent

Westfield, NJ – May 7, 2015 – Attorney  Donald D. Vanarelli announces his 15th Anniversary of having been recommended by peers and selected by Martindale-Hubbell for their highest possible rating: the AV Preeminent rating. Less than 1% of lawyers have achieved this impressive milestone.

The Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability. This rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence. It is achieved only after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended by peers: members of the bar and the judiciary.

For more than 130 years, only lawyers had access to Martindale-Hubbell attorney ratings. Lawyers relied on the AV Preeminent Rating while searching for their own expert attorneys. Now, thanks to websites such as martindale.com and Lawyers.com, the public can use this trusted rating as an important part of the process in choosing the right attorney for their needs.

LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating and Client Review Services commented on  Donald D. Vanarelli’s anniversary: “Being honored by your peers and ultimately selected for the AV Preeminent Rating is a significant achievement for any attorney – only achieved by about 5% of lawyers. Donald D. Vanarelli has joined an even more exclusive group by maintaining this rating for 15 years. This is an achievement certainly worthy of special recognition. Congratulations!”

About Donald D. Vanarelli

Donald D. Vanarelli is a Certified Elder Law Attorney. Certified by the National Elder Law Foundation, an ABA-certifying organization, 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 was recently awarded 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 who has made significant contributions in the field of elder and disability law throughout his or her career. Mr. Vanarelli 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. 

About The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli

The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli, located in Westfield, New Jersey, 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. Call 908-232-7400 or e-mail Info@VanarelliLaw.com for an appointment. 

For more information on this Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated attorney, please visit Donald D. Vanarelli’s profile at martindale.com.

To contact the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli, please call Ginny Morrissey, The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli, Tel: 908-232-7400, Email: gmorrissey@VanarellilLaw.com

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The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli Launches VanarelliLaw.com Website

Leading NJ Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney continues to set industry standards for best practices.

The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli Launches VanarelliLaw.com WebsiteWestfield, NJ – March 26, 2015 — The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli, a leading provider of legal services for seniors, the disabled and their families in New Jersey and New York, today announced the launch of its new website located at http://VanarelliLaw.com.

The website is designed to enhance usability, load quickly, and provide 100% functionality across the complete range of modern web browsers, including desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. These improvements help clients and other readers gain an understanding of our complex and confusing health care system; estate, trust and gift tax laws; public benefits laws; special needs planning issues; and court procedures, such as probate litigation, will contests and elder mediation.

“Our goal is simple: provide the best-possible user experience for website visitors researching elder law and related topics,” said Attorney Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. He continued, “The new website is a small but integral part of our longstanding commitment to the utilization of best practices in legal work.”

Screenshots of the law firm’s new VanarelliLaw.com website as it appears on an iPhone 6 and iPad 2 appear below:

The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli Launches http://VanarelliLaw.com Website.             The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli Launches http://VanarelliLaw.com Website.

The law firm’s new website has enhancements which make it a valuable resource for seniors, the disabled and their families including:

About Donald D. Vanarelli

Donald D. Vanarelli is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, having been certified by the National Elder Law Foundation, an ABA-certifying organization. He is also an Accredited Veterans Attorney and an Accredited Professional Mediator . He has successfully litigated cases in New Jersey’s Supreme Court and federal court. Mr. Vanarelli represents older and disabled persons and their representatives in financing long-term medical care, nursing home issues, qualifying for Medicare, Medicaid and other public benefits, special needs planning, estate planning, probate and elder abuse litigation and contested guardianships. 

About The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli

The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli, located in Westfield, New Jersey, provides a broad range of legal services for seniors, the disabled and their families, and families in conflict. The law firm guides clients through complex legal areas including public benefits planning, divorce and family law matters, trial advocacy and court procedures, the administrative process, as well as estate and gift tax laws. Call 908-232-7400 or e-mail Info@VanarelliLaw.com for an appointment. 

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