Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli

242 St. Paul Street Westfield, NJ 07091 (908) 232-7400

DONALD D. VANARELLI has been a practicing attorney for eighteen (18) years, admitted to practice law in New Jersey and New York. A graduate of Rutger's Law School in Newark, NJ, Don practices in areas of elder law, public benefits, disability and retirement planning, and estate planning and administration.Don is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, by the National Elder Law Foundation. Elder Law is the specialized legal practice of representing older and disabled persons and their representatives in financing long-term medical care, nursing home issues, qualifying for Medicare, Medicaid and other public benefits, estate planning, administration and probate, retirement benefit disputes, guardianships and the like. Don is also proficient in preparing and administering Special Needs Trusts and other legal instruments for the aged or disabled which provide a source of funds while maintaining eligibility for Medicaid and other needs-based governmental benefits.In 2001, Don was certified as a Registered Guardian, by the National Guardianship Foundation. Certification is the process used to identify persons who have acheived the requisite level of knowledge, skill, experience, and understanding of the ethical principles and standards of good practice to act as professional guardians. A Registered Guardian serves as private fiduciary of a minor, or a person rendered incapacitated through age or disability. Don is also approved under the New Jersey Court Rules as a Mediator in family and divorce matters, and civil, equity and probate litigation. Mediation is a process of dispute resolution by an impartial third party who attempts to assist and encourage contesting parties in a dispute towards a mutually acceptable agreement. Mediated agreements are binding on the parties and enforceable in Court.Before becoming an attorney, Don worked for the Social Security Administration where he adjudicated claims for benefits under the Social Security, SSI, Medicare and Medicaid programs. Presently, Don is the Chairman of the Somerset County Elder Law Committee, and holds the office of Secretary of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Don is also a member of the American Bar Association, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, New Jersey Bar Association and Union County Bar Association. Don is a frequent author and lecturer.Don established his own law practice, and maintains offices at 242 St. Paul Street, Westfield, NJ 07090 Tel: (908) 232-7400. Don also meets with clients for meetings at other convenient conference locations. Don is married with three young children. Areas Of Practice: Guardianships; Estate Planning and Administration; Estate Planning for Parents of Developmentally Disabled Persons; Medicaid and Nursing Home Planning; Social Security and SSI Appeals; Medicare and Health Insurance Disputes; Pension and Benefit Disputes; Elder Abuse and Neglect; Nursing Home Litigation; Probate Litigation; Age and Disability Discrimination; General Litigation; Real Estate; and, Mediation. Certifications/Specialties: Certified Elder Law Attorney, National Elder Law Foundation, Accredited by the American Bar Assoc., 1998. Registered Guardian, National Guardianship Foundation, 2001.Admitted: New Jersey, 1983; New York, 1984; U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1983; U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1986; U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1986; and, U.S. Supreme Court, 1987. Education: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Newark, Newark, NJ, 1983 J.D.; Montclair State College, Montclair, New Jersey, B.A., Honors: Dean's List, Major: English Literature, Major: History. Published Works: Guide to Retirement Benefits, Ch. 5 Practitioners Publishing Company, 5th Edition, 1999; Rights of Nursing Home Residents, N.J.I.C.L.E., 1998; A Guide to Medicare Coverage and Appeals, N.J.I.C.L.E., 1998; Union County Jail Inmates v. DiBuono, 713 F.2d 984 (3rd Cir, 1983) Employee-At-Will, 3rd Annual Symposium on Employment, 1989. Classes/Seminars Taught: Sophisticated Elder Law Concepts, N.J. Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1998 - 1999; Presentation on Special Need Trusts, Middlesex County Bar Elder Law Committee; Presenter, Medicaid Fundamentals, Union County Bar, Elder Law Committee, 1998; Presenter, The Use of Trusts for the Disabled, Somerset County Bar, Elder Law Committee, 1998. Honors: Somerset-Middlesex County Inn of Court Program, 1989 - 1991.Affiliations: Red Cross, Board of Directors, 1998 2001; Westfield Senior Citizens Housing Corp., President, Board of Trustees, 1998 2001; Somerset County Bar Assoc., Chair, Elder Law Committee, 1997 2001; National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Secretary, New Jersey Chapter, 1998 2000; National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member; New Jersey Bar Association, Member, Elder Law Section; Union County Bar Association, Member, Elder Law Committee. Past Positions: Hon. Herbert S. Alterman, J.S.C., Judicial Clerkship, 1983 - 1984; Hon. Leonard I. Garth, U.S.C.J., Judicial Internship, 1982 - 1983; Social Security Administration, Claims Representative, 1974 - 1980; Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal, 1972 - 1974. The Law Firm of Donald D. Vanarelli provides a broad range of legal services to older clients, the disabled and their families including the financing of long-term medical care, nursing home issues, qualifying for Medicare, Medicaid and other public benefits, estate planning, trust administration and probate, retirement benefit disputes and guardianships.

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