Guardianships and Fiduciary Services Attorney
The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli provides services to clients as legal counsel and professional fiduciary. In that regard, Mr. Vanarelli is a Certified Elder Law Attorney. In addition, he is certified as a National Certified Guardian and as a Guardian and Court Evaluator in New York State. This combination of credentials allows Mr. Vanarelli and his firm to offer a wide variety of services to clients.
Mr. Vanarelli often represents family members seeking guardianships. Mr. Vanarelli also serves as agent under a power of attorney or guardian for clients in need of such services. Similarly, Mr. Vanarelli may serve as executor under a will or trustee, administering client e state assets after the client's death. We offer these services:
- Legal Counsel for Family Members Seeking Guardianships
- Guardian of the Person
- Guardian of the Estate
- Agent under a Power of Attorney
- Agent under an Advance Medical Directive
- Guardianship Contests
- Estate Management
- Guardian Ad Litem
- Representative Payee
- Legal Counsel for the Proposed Ward
Legal Counsel for Family Members Seeking Guardianships
The law firm represents family members and others in legal proceedings leading to the appointment of a guardian of an incapacitated person.
Guardianship of the Person
Once appointed as guardian by the surrogate's court, the law firm works to arrange for appropriate services that provide for the health, welfare and safety of its ward.
Guardianship of the Estate
For some persons, the surrogate's court appoints a guardian for financial affairs. The law firm ensures that the estates of incapacitated persons in its care are managed and protected in a responsible manner in accordance with the law.
Agent Under a Power of Attorney or Advance Medical Directive
The law firm is available to carry out and advocate previously expressed wishes when the client is unable to do so him/ herself.
Executor or Trustee
The law firm can serve as executor under a will or as trustee of a trust established by the incompetent person during his or her competency.
The law firm represents family members contesting the appointment of a proposed guardian.
The law firm provides professional estate management. By first assessing the needs of our clients, present and future, the law firm is able to develop an estate plan to assure that each individual's needs are met to the maximum extent possible.
Guardian ad Litem
When certain individuals, particularly children, are involved in disputes, the court may appoint the law firm to act as a guardian ad litem to advocate for and act in the best interests of that individual during the litigation.
There may be times when an individual requests the assistance of an agent to help manage his or her financial affairs. The law firm will serve as court-ordered conservator in these cases.
Many persons need assistance in managing their public assistance or retirement benefits. The law firm can act as a representative payee for these persons, assisting them in managing their often limited funds as wisely as possible.
Legal Counsel for the Proposed Ward
The law firm is often appointed by the surrogate's court as legal counsel for an alleged incapacitated person. uests for the child to the trust. Beneficiary designations on all life insurance policies, IRAs, retirement accounts, etc. must be changed so that the disabled child either does not inherit or the proceeds are directed to the Supplemental Needs Trust.
For additional information regarding Guardianships and Fiduciary Services, call us at 908-232-7400 or click here to contact us online.