Hunterdon County Elder Law Attorney

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 |2018-10-19T11:12:34-04:00October 19th, 2018|Elder Law|

Speaking Appearances by Bob Shanahan

  Speaking appearances are part of Shanahan & Voigt's Community Outreach. Bob Shanahan will be speaking at the following programs through the end of the year: Speaking Appearances October 17th at the Readington Seniors' Club, located at the Polish American Club in Whitehouse

By |2018-08-28T16:28:11-04:00August 28th, 2018|Announcements|

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, Guardianship|

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 |2018-07-31T11:50:55-04:00July 31st, 2018|Announcements, Guardianship|

What is Guardianship?

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

By |2018-01-02T20:50:49-04:00January 2nd, 2018|Elder Law, Guardianship|

Happy Holidays

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

By |2017-12-01T11:42:54-04:00December 1st, 2017|Caring & Community|

POLST: A Solution to DNR Issues

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

By |2017-10-06T12:09:47-04:00October 5th, 2017|Elder Law|

New Jersey Estate Tax Repealed!

You could knock me over with a feather. I never thought I would live to see the day when the New Jersey Estate Tax would be repealed, but both houses of the legislature in Trenton passed a repeal bill, and Governor Christie signed it. (www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/njestatetax.shtml)

By |2016-12-01T11:12:16-04:00November 29th, 2016|Estate Planning|