Earlier this year, Attorneys Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. Chen Li, Esq. and Matthew J. Nolfo, Esq., all of whom are admitted to practice Elder Law and Estate Planning in both New Jersey and New York, presented a live webinar entitled “Protecting Your Assets from Catastrophic Nursing Home Costs in New York and New Jersey.”

The webinar was designed to assist attendees in understanding how to utilize Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans Benefits, and Long-Term Care Insurance in order to protect their families from catastrophic long-term care expenses and nursing home costs. Although New York and New Jersey are geographically close, for Medicaid purposes they are worlds apart. By contrasting the two states, we hoped to show the differences between the two states’ Medicaid programs, including the differences in home care services, so attendees could compare asset protection planning options in the neighboring states.

We recorded the webinar. Part 1 of the 8-part Webinar Video was posted on this blog earlier this year, and may be accessed through this link – Part 1 of Webinar. Part 2 of the webinar is accessible through this link – Part 2 of Webinar. Additional videos will be published in upcoming blog posts and on our YouTube channel – Vanarelli & Li, LLC on YouTube 

Part 3 of the Webinar series, attached below, tackles the difficult financial rules governing eligibility for Medicaid in New Jersey.


Donald D. Vanarelli is a Certified Elder Law Attorney. Don is also a Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by 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. The Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded in 2015, recognized Mr. Vanarelli’s advocacy in elder and disability law, including a number of precedent-setting legal victories in the New Jersey Supreme Court and federal litigation which advanced the rights of seniors and persons with disabilities.

Chen Li has been an attorney since 2002, admitted to practice law in New Jersey and New York. Chen earned a B.A. from Queens College, City University of New York. She obtained her J.D. from St. John’s University. Chen is also a certified public accountant. Before becoming an attorney, she worked for Ernst and Young, LLP and Dreyfus Realty Advisors, Inc. After law school, Chen worked as an attorney in law firms with concentration on elder law, estate planning and estate administration. Chen joined the firm in 2007.

Matthew J. Nolfo is the founding partner of Matthew J. Nolfo & Associates, with offices in New York and New Jersey. Matt practices in the areas of Estate Planning and Elder Law and works with clients on their estate planning needs, assists clients with the institutional and community Medicaid process, and advocates on behalf of clients whose loved ones are in need of guardianship. Matt is an active member of the New Jersey and New York State Bar Associations, and he also served as a Chair of the Elder Law and Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar Association and the NYC Bar Association.