Medicaid.  When a loved-one has to leave their home for a nursing home and Medicaid benefits are needed, there is always a fear that the State will “take” the house.  This is especially true when a child has previously moved into a parent’s home to act as the parent’s caregiver.  Once the parent moves into…

Guardianship is a legal decision made by a court. The decision made is that a particular person has become incapacitated. He or she can no longer make decisions about him or herself. The Court also appoints a “guardian” to make decisions for the person it deems incapacitated. This guardian is answerable to the Court. Guardians…

Identity theft continues to be a serious problem, and it is one with which we should be very concerned.  Recently, I invited David B. Watts, an experienced private investigator and author http://www.accidentalpi.com, to speak to my firm’s Client Care Program members Identity Theft is More Than You Think Mr. Watts made it very clear that privacy…

Happy Holidays It’s the holiday season and instead of reading about some serious legal issue, let’s try to laugh a little.  Here is one of my favorite stories and although it’s not a holiday story, I hope it will suffice: For years, two brothers—one a lawyer, and the other an accountant who could not hear…

Invitations to join our 2018 Client Care Program will be going out to our estate planning clients shortly. Client Care Program/Shanahan & Voigt SV Law’s client care program has been running since 2012. The program is a way for the firm to keep in contact with clients for whom we have written wills, trusts, and…

Inheritance tax will be the last remaining “death tax” In New Jersey, as of January 1, 2018. On that date, the state’s estate tax will disappear. New Jersey Inheritance Tax   The “Transfer Inheritance Tax” is assessed against inheritances received by certain classes of people.  There are four classes: Class A beneficiaries: father, mother, grandparents, children,…

POLST, or Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment, is a relatively new document which may be more appropriate for a patient than the traditional “DNR” or do not resuscitate, order at a hospital. It is certainly more powerful than a living will, but is only to be used when a person has a compromised medical…

Volunteer Guardianship is presenting its fall 2017 education series On Thursday evening, October 12, at Immaculate Conception Church in Clinton. This years’ topics include “Parenting your Parents” and “Tips to Prepare for Retirement” Enjoy a complimentary buffet dinner and lean about topics which effect us all.  RSVP 908 788-4893 Ext 716

Who cares for the caregiver?  This is a huge concern.  If the caregiver burns out, who will take their place? Foothill Acres, in Hillsborough, is running a program for caregivers on Saturday, November 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Attendees will hear from key note speaker, Rosemarie Poverman, on “The Positive Power of Humor”.  I…

A loved one has died.  What to do?  Whom do I call? Family and friends are all advising.  Some are conflicting. Some are warning.  I feel so stressed.  What do I do? First Things First: Take Care of Your Family and Yourself  Take care of your family and yourself. There is nothing to do immediately…