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

Elder Abuse2020-04-14T15:58:34-04:00

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,

Dementia and Signing Legal Documents2021-12-07T06:26:21-04:00

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

Guardianship Abuse2021-12-07T06:23:23-04:00

Changing The Deed To Your Home

Deeds to real estate, especially for your house, are known to be very important documents.  Many consider changing a deed in order to ensure that their house gets passed to the next generation or some other significant person.  This must be done with some foresight,

Changing The Deed To Your Home2020-04-13T15:01:55-04:00

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

What is Guardianship?2021-12-03T05:30:11-04:00

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 it is

POLST: A Solution to DNR Issues2020-04-20T16:56:10-04:00

Medicaid and the Five-Year Look Back Period

The Five-Year Look Back, pertains to an application for Medicaid.  Medicaid is a Federal program that is administered by the individual states. Its purpose is to pay the medical bills of the indigent. Medicaid also pays for nursing home care when an elder has less

Medicaid and the Five-Year Look Back Period2020-04-17T17:25:55-04:00

NJ Hidden Camera Program Expanded to Catch Elder Abuse

Hidden cameras are now available to address the significant increase in elder abuse complaints against home healthcare aides. New Jersey has decided to expand its hidden camera program that began in December 2016. It has been very successful in catching abusers, both among in-home caregivers,

NJ Hidden Camera Program Expanded to Catch Elder Abuse2020-04-20T15:40:22-04:00

Nursing Home Residents’ Rights in New Jersey

By: Robert J. Shanahan, Jr., Esq. Nursing home residents' rights--they do have them. People do not lose their rights merely because their place of residence has changed to a nursing home. New Jersey law sets a list of rights for nursing home residents. The nursing

Nursing Home Residents’ Rights in New Jersey2020-04-20T16:08:24-04:00

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. (

New Jersey Estate Tax Repealed!2020-04-17T18:00:35-04:00
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