Robert J. Shanahan

Our Client Care Program For Estate Planning Clients

The Client Care Program, now in its seventh year, was created to give our estate planning clients an opportunity to have their Last Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives for Healthcare or Living Wills, and other documents, reviewed in light of present-day law and opportunities. 

Our Client Care Program For Estate Planning Clients2020-04-20T16:13:39-04:00

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

Non-Disclosure Agreements for Business

Non-disclosure agreements between businesses are becoming more and more common, as businesses team up together to accomplish common ventures and services, or even by those wishing to sell.  Non-disclosure agreements are not something that should be lightly considered as a poorly worded agreement may lead

Non-Disclosure Agreements for Business2020-04-22T15:39:41-04:00

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

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, to speak to my firm’s Client Care Program members Data Collection Via Your

Identity Theft2022-02-10T02:11:58-04:00

Inheritance Tax in New Jersey

Inheritance tax will be the last remaining “death tax” in New Jersey, as of January 1, 2018. On that date, the state’s estate tax will disappear. New Jersey Inheritance Tax NJ Inheritance Tax: Who's paying? The “Transfer Inheritance Tax” is assessed against inheritances

Inheritance Tax in New Jersey2020-04-15T17:16:32-04:00

Facebook: What Should Happen to People’s 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. 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

Facebook: What Should Happen to People’s Online Identity When They Die?2020-04-14T16:07:52-04:00

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

Non-Probate Assets May Undermine your Estate Plan

Probate versus non-probate assets must be understood in order to draft a proper estate plan.  Your Last Will only controls probate assets. Your non-probate assets could upset the intent you expressed under your Last Will if not properly identified, reviewed, and titled. Probate versus Non-Probate

Non-Probate Assets May Undermine your Estate Plan2020-04-20T15:53:27-04:00
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