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.  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. (

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