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Elder Abuse

Elder abuse has been defined as an intentional act which creates a serious risk of physical, emotional or financial harm to an elderly person.  The act can be a failure to provide or obtain the care needed by an elderly person, to financial theft or

By |2019-09-11T21:25:52-04:00October 19th, 2018|Elder Law, Robert Shanahan|

Dementia and Signing Legal Documents

Dementia creates serious problems, no doubt. Among them is the compelling issue of who will make decisions for a person suffering from dementia, and who has the right to appoint such a decision-maker?  What are the spouse’s rights? How about the children, individually? More importantly,

By |2018-08-17T14:48:35-04:00August 17th, 2018|Elder Law, Guardianships|

Guardianship Abuse

Guardianship abuse reports have been in the news, repeatedly.  https://www.nextavenue.org/guardianship-u-s-protection-exploitation.  Reports of the guardianship system being used to steal and exploit those unable to help themselves are on the rise. Criticism of “the System”, how one becomes a guardian, and the lack of oversight of

By |2019-09-11T21:26:15-04:00July 31st, 2018|Announcements, Guardianships, Robert Shanahan|

Avoid Wire Transfer Fraud

Wire transfer fraud is increasing during the course of business and real estate closings.  I recently learned of an attorney whose AOL email was hacked.  Using a fake email address that appeared to be from the law office, the criminal emailed fraudulent wire transfer instructions

By |2018-03-28T12:00:08-04:00March 18th, 2018|Announcements|

Identity Theft

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 https://www.accidentalpi.com, to speak to my firm’s Client Care Program members Data Collection Via Your

By |2017-12-01T17:01:49-04:00December 1st, 2017|Announcements, Caring & Community, Municipal Court|

Hikes Not Heroin

October 21, 2017, 10:30 to 1:30 Opening Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Heroin abuse is a dangerous epidemic occurring right here in Hunterdon County. Shanahan & Voigt, LLC is sponsoring Hikes Not Heroin on October 21st. This is an opportunity for families to openly learn about

By |2019-09-10T10:11:29-04:00October 6th, 2017|Announcements, Caring & Community|

Facebook: What Should Happen to People Online Identity When They Die?

The Facebook “Hard Questions” blog recently addressed the issue of what should happen to people’s online identity when they die.  https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2017/08/what-should-happen-to-online-identity/ This is a wonderful article expressing the emotional and practical issues surrounding one’s online postings after death and how, at least one company is

By |2019-08-23T07:05:47-04:00August 31st, 2017|Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration|

Missing Construction Permits

Construction permits are issued by municipalities for construction activities on homes within their jurisdiction. The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) oversees Uniform Construction Code compliance and enforcement and advises municipal officials, as needed. In the DCA’s bulletin 06-1, the DCA provides guidance for

By |2019-09-11T21:35:15-04:00July 4th, 2017|Announcements, Construction, Nicole Voigt|

PennEast Fails to Move Forward with NJDEP Wetlands Permit

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has administratively closed the PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC freshwater permit application.  Citing a failure of PennEast to address deficiencies in its application, and the unlikely prospect of PennEast having adequate information in the near future, the NJDEP rendered

By |2019-09-11T21:35:45-04:00June 28th, 2017|Caring & Community, Land Use & Zoning, Nicole Voigt|

Do-It-Yourself Legal Work

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) is a go-to approach for businesses and households seeking to save money on various tasks.   However, when it comes to navigating law, DIY can ultimately cost much more than any initial savings.  We handle many matters which are created or made worse

By |2017-04-05T08:05:16-04:00April 4th, 2017|Announcements|

Recourse for Errors in Property Inspections

Most Property Inspection Reports Contain Disclaimers When purchasing real estate, buyers typically hire a qualified inspector to review the property and advise of visible defects.  When engaging an inspector, a buyer signs an agreement with the inspector.  Understandably, these agreements typically include disclaimers which limit

By |2019-09-11T21:37:22-04:00April 3rd, 2017|Announcements, Nicole Voigt|

Agricultural Development in the Highlands

Development in the Highlands Preservation Area. How do Highlands development restrictions affect agricultural development?  Considerable farmland falls within the Highlands Region.  Primarily intended to protect drinking water, over 800,000 acres of New Jersey, known as the, “Highlands Region,” have been designated either Highlands Preservation Area

By |2019-09-11T21:38:26-04:00February 21st, 2017|Agricultural Law, Land Use & Zoning, Nicole Voigt, Real Estate|

Get Advice from an Experienced Elder Law Attorney

Elder law has become an increasingly important practice area because more people are living longer. The practice of elder law involves the following: Estate planning Disability planning Arranging for care, Social Security, and retirement benefits Long-term care insurance Long-term care planning Medicaid Healthcare directives Nursing

By |2019-09-11T21:48:18-04:00January 23rd, 2017|Elder Law, Estate Planning, Guardianships, Robert Shanahan|

Political Speech in the Workplace

Let’s face it, Thanksgiving dinner was at least a little awkward this year for some people. Though the election was over a month ago, talk about the election continues to seep into nearly every facet of our lives. Not only did politics likely dominate Thanksgiving,

By |2016-12-02T12:22:33-04:00December 2nd, 2016|Business|

Environmental Due Diligence and “Innocent Owner” Status

Looking to purchase property with contaminated soil and groundwater?  Probably not, unless you are a brownfield’s redeveloper. Most purchasers of commercial property are counting on their property being “clean.”  Environmental due diligence occurs in two phases: 1) review the current and historic activities at the

Nicole L. Voigt attend CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Convention

Nicole L. Voigt attended the 2016 Convention of the Commercial Real Estate Women Network (CREW-Network) in New York City.  Speakers included keynote speaker Admiral William H. McRaven USN (Ret.);  Amy Cuddy, Author, Business Leader, and Professor at Harvard Business School; Sallie Krawcheck, CEO & Co-Founder of

Lessons From the Bottom Line

I was recently asked to speak about "Teachable Moments in Business" from my perspective as a business attorney.  Not surprising, the first thing that came to mind are many of the family and small businesses that we have assisted in Central New Jersey.  The opportunity to

By |2016-09-26T10:35:04-04:00August 18th, 2016|Business|

The Qualified Income Trust (QIT)

In order to be approved for Medicaid benefits in 2016, an individual can have no more than $2199 in monthly income. This includes Social Security, pension and other monthly income. Many times, particularly when a widow or widower collects their spouse’s Social Security, the individual’s

By |2016-10-31T13:53:57-04:00June 15th, 2016|Elder Law, Estate Planning|

Disability Discrimination and the NJLAD

The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) protects employees from discrimination based on their status within a “protected” class, such as: race, color, age, national origin, and other protected categories. One specifically protected class is those who are disabled or have been disabled. The New

By |2016-09-26T10:53:53-04:00June 6th, 2016|Business|

Remembering Memorial Day

Memorial Day. Each year, the last Monday in May marks a celebration for Americans. Many, especially in New Jersey, flock to the shore or have barbeques with friends and family to celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer. The three-day weekend brings with it a festive

By |2019-06-25T17:33:18-04:00April 26th, 2016|Caring & Community|