Vanarelli & Li, LLC is committed to protecting the legal rights and financial resources of seniors, the disabled and their families, and families in conflict. For each client, we strive to provide the highest quality legal work while serving clients in a caring, compassionate and respectful manner.

Several years ago, the New Jersey Family website launched the Best NJ Lawyers for Families  campaign. The website asks parents about the lawyers who’ve made a difference in their family’s lives at the most stressful of times. According to the website, the nominations by parents result in a list of professionals who’ve “gone above and beyond” to advocate for their clients. From family law to estate planning to elder law and special needs planning, the lawyers on the Best NJ Lawyers for Families list are, according to the website, “nominated by parents for being the best of the best.”

Following is a recent review from a former client who nominated Vanarelli & Li, LLC for inclusion in the list of Best NJ Lawyers for Families:

Donald Vanarelli and his staff were recommended to me when I was trying to have my 97 year old Dad become a resident of the Veterans Home in Paramus. I was running into dead ends within the process, and it was recommended to me that Mr. Vanarelli is the best in the state for elder Care. I was met with compassion, care and efficiency. In addition, he was considerate and concerned that we did not extend funds unnecessarily. Due to the office of Donald Vanarelli and his team, my Dad was given a place at the Veterans Home within a short period of time. At a difficult time, I felt comforted and relieved that the transition had been made with their guidance and follow through. The Law Offices of Donald Vanarelli also send out via email a monthly newsletter, which contains articles concerning current news with regard to elder law and concerns for the future of special needs citizens within a family. I have continued to receive the newsletter after closing my account with them two years ago, and I share it with my niece who has a son with Down Syndrome in her family. Donald Vanarelli, Esquire and his staff deserve to be recognized as Best in NJ.

~LS, Mount Arlington 

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Donald D. Vanarelli

Donald D. Vanarelli is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, Certified by the National Elder Law Foundation, an ABA-certifying organization. In addition to being one of only about 500 attorneys who have been Certified in Elder Law in the United States, Mr. Vanarelli is also one of about 100 members of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, selected for this honor by his fellow practitioners.

Don also received 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 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. Don is also an Accredited Veterans Attorney,  an Accredited Professional Mediator and a Past Chair of the Elder and Disability Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Don is actively involved in trial advocacy on behalf of elderly and disabled citizens, and has successfully litigated cases in New Jersey’s Supreme Court and in federal court.  Don was lead counsel representing the plaintiff in a seminal estate planning / guardianship / Medicaid planning case entitled In re Keri, 181 N.J. 50 (2004), in which the New Jersey Supreme Court, for the first time, permitted guardians to engage in public benefits planning to obtain Medicaid eligibility for their wards. Don also represented the plaintiff in a pivotal case entitled Saccone v. Police and Firemen’s Retirement System, 219 N.J. 369 (2014) in which the New Jersey Supreme Court, for the first time, permitted a special needs trust to be designated as the beneficiary of a state pension. Don was also co-counsel representing the plaintiff in Galletta v. Velez, Civil No. 13-532 (D.N.J. June 3, 2014) in which a federal court ruled, for the first time, that a pension from the Department of Veterans Affairs may not be counted as income in determining Medicaid eligibility.

Don 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.