Legal Services


The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli is pleased to provide the following legal services:


  • Medicaid and Public Benefits Planning

    The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli has developed a significant expertise in the field of Elder Law, a legal specialty focusing on the special needs and legal problems of seniors, the disabled and their families.
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  • Special Needs and Disability Planning

    When parents can no longer care for their children due to disability or death, care-giving responsibility falls on siblings, other family members, and the community. Frequently, expenses increase dramatically when care previously provided by parents must instead be provided by professionals. The Law Firm helps helps the disabled population through planning services focusing on special needs trusts and accessing available public benefits.
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  • Guardianship and Fiduciary Services

    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, a National Certified Guardian and 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 fiduciary services to clients.
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  • Will Contests, Probate Litigation and Elder Abuse Actions

    Litigators and trusts and estates lawyers with the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli bring the requisite experience and knowledge to a wide range of probate litigation, estate disputes and contested guardianships. We seek the prompt resolution of disputes, while protecting and advancing our client’s interests at all times. Trial attorneys and trusts and estates counsel work together to resolve probate, estate and/or guardianship litigation.
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  • Medicaid Applications and Medicaid Appeals

    For each client, the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli prepares a comprehensive evaluation of the client’s unique family and financial situation and provides planning recommendations designed to ensure that the client obtains all needed care, that funds are available to pay for care, and that the client’s estate is preserved for his/her family and loved ones to the maximum extent possible. In addition, the Law Firm is available to prepare the Medicaid application, managing the tedious and often frustrating application process. The Law Firm also assists clients through the often lengthy administrative and judicial appeals process.
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  • Comprehensive Life Care Planning

    Comprehensive Life Care Planning is an integrated planning approach that addresses the health care, legal, and financial issues of aging and disability. A Life Care Plan combines asset protection and care coordination into a single convenient package that answers all the tough questions about you and your loved one’s long-term care, now and in the future. Like a traditional estate and asset preservation plan, a Life Care Plan includes the legal protection needed to safeguard assets, honor your loved one’s wishes and provide for family members.
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  • Nursing Home Law and Litigation

    Nursing homes are private institutions that furnish shelter, food and care for sick, aged, or infirm persons. They are not hospitals, in that they do not necessarily render actual medical treatment, but they may be considered hospitals for certain purposes. Nursing home residents are protected by both state and federal regulations.
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  • Estate Planning and Administration

    Estate planning is important, no matter what the size of your estate may be. Through estate planning, you ensure that your assets will be distributed to your intended beneficiaries after your death. You also may delay or defer the payment of federal and state estate and inheritance taxes, save money on court costs and attorneys fees, and prevent squabbling among your heirs and financial confusion after your death. You can also avoid probate. In addition, careful planning can protect your estate assets against your possible future mental or physical incapacity and the catastrophic costs of long-term medical and nursing care.
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  • VA Compensation and Pension Benefits

    The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli represents veterans and their families seeking compensation or pension benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA compensation is a disability benefit to compensate veterans for service-connected disabilities. VA pension is a needs-based benefit paid to veterans who served during a period of wartime, have limited income and resources, and are over age 65 or totally disabled.
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  • Social Security Disability Appeals

    You have the right to have an attorney represent you in your claim for Social Security disability benefits. Statistics have shown that claimants represented by attorneys have been successful more often than those without attorney representation. Not all attorneys practice before the Social Security Administration. You are more likely to achieve success when you find an attorney familiar with the maze of Social Security regulations and the unusual Social Security procedures.
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  • Family Law Services

    The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli provides a full range of family law services, from the initial interview through discovery, trial and, if necessary, appeal. Our attorneys provide high quality legal work with integrity, professionalism and respect for our clients. We accomplish our mission by listening to client goals and then applying the applicable New Jersey law.
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  • Dispute Resolution Services: Elder Mediation, Collaborative Law, Divorce Mediation

    The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli offers alternatives to litigating family conflicts in court through the use of Mediation and Collaborative Law. We specialize in resolving conflicts involving seniors or individuals with disabilities through the practice of Elder Mediation. In resolving issues that confront divorcing couples, we offer Divorce Mediation. In addition, we offer Collaborative Law services for both estate and divorce issues.
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Additional Information

For additional information regarding the Legal Services of the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli, call us at 908-232-7400 or click here to contact us online.