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…

Can the terms of a Will be changed to make them “fair”?  Let’s say that a parent has died.  Under the terms of the parent’s Will, one of four children is disinherited.  The child and parent did not get along, and, for good reason.  The parent was a bit unreasonable in the eyes of all…

“Control over my funeral” is becoming a developing issue in my practice.  Funeral directors have asked me to sign statements that I have such authority when I have buried my wards as a court appointed guardian.  Now, family survivors are disagreeing over the disposition of a loved-one’s remains, and inquiries are being made about the…

Making an offer on a home is an exciting milestone.  Ideally, your potential home doesn’t need more work than meets the eye, your loan will sail through underwriting, and the records of title for the home, and its sellers, are “clear.”  Ideally, movers will be scheduled and closing will occur on time, and you will…

New Jersey Chief Justice, Stuart Rabner, announced a state-wide program to monitor court appointed guardians and their care of the state’s most vulnerable citizens, the elderly and disabled who rely on legal guardians to manage their financial ad health-related decisions. The plan calls for volunteers who will be coordinated by county surrogate offices. “The Guardianship…

The Consumer Fraud Act regulates home improvements in cumulative excess of $500.00 provided on existing residential properties.  A home improvement provider that is required to comply with these administrative and business practices, but fails to do so, is strictly liable even for unknowing oversights, with no legal defenses.   Establishing sound business practices and utilizing properly…

In 2005, a married couple signed a contact with a builder to purchase a unit in a condominium building that was being developed in a luxury resort community.  The contract specified that the condominium would be built within two years, although the contract included a “force majeure” provision that allowed for delays under certain circumstances. …

Hurricane Katrina destroyed Merlin’s house in August of 2005.  About two weeks before Katrina hit, he had missed a deadline to pay a premium to keep his flood insurance policy in effect for 2005 to 2006.  After Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency extended a grace period of 90 days for paying premiums to keep…

The sign on the glass door reads “Elder Law Attorney.” You peer through that door but the office is empty–where is the elder law attorney? He is probably in the community making a house call–yes, elder law attorneys still make house calls. A paralegal and the elder law attorney first witnessed a dying man sign…

Being an Elder Care attorney for over fifteen years, I have seen so many people in anguish over caring for their aging parents. Many times, I have heard men and women say, “The pressure is killing me.” Most of the time, it is the women who are the caregivers in the family whether it is…