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 home issues
  • Protection against elder abuse
  • Other concerns of older people

NJ Elder Laws

These are some of the more common issues that should be considered when participating in elder law planning. Contact Bob Shanahan at the elder law firm of Law Offices of Robert J. Shanahan, Jr., LLC to get advice on NJ elder law planning.

Powers of Attorney

A Power of Attorney lets you select a trusted person to handle your financial, legal, or healthcare matters if you are unavailable or unable to manage them yourself. Bob Shanahan drafts Powers of Attorney for his clients and helps them select the right person to act on their behalf.

Healthcare Powers of Attorney

A Healthcare Power of Attorney is helpful when you are unable to make medical decisions for yourself. The document names someone who will stand in your shoes and tell the doctors what care to provide and not provide. Bob Shanahan drafts these documents and helps you select the person to act on your behalf.


Medicare is a federal health insurance program that helps these groups of people:

  • Individuals who have reached the age of 65 and are entitled to receive Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits
  • Disabled individuals of any age who have received Social Security or Railroad disability benefits for at least two years


Medicaid is a federal and state program that provides medical assistance to low-income elderly people, the blind or disabled, and families with dependent children. Medicaid is the primary public financing for long-term nursing home and home care services. Bob Shanahan plans for your future and Medicaid eligibility.

Long-Term Care Insurance

Long-term care insurance pays some or all of the costs of nursing home care for qualified insureds. Bob Shanahan, NJ elder care attorney, helps you determine whether long-term care insurance is the right choice for you.

Contact our NJ elder law attorneys for advice about elder law at our Hunterdon County law firm by calling 908-751-1551.