Areas of Professional Practice: 6.00
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Middle class Americans seeking asset protection cannot afford to ignore the potentially devastating costs of nursing home and other long-term care. Nursing homes are among the most common and largest creditors an average American is likely to face in his or her lifetime, but only about 10% of the population has long-term care insurance. For the other 90%, Medicaid is the primary source of payment, so a basic understanding of the Medicaid asset protection process is vital for all professionals who work with seniors and their families. This legal guide will provide an overview of asset protection concepts and strategies that elder law attorneys can use to legally and ethically protect assets while facilitating earlier Medicaid eligibility; and a set of crisis-management tools to prevent and correct inadvertent loss of benefits. Order today!
including - Ethics: 1.00 Areas of Professional Practice: 6.00
This nontraditional format course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for up to 7.0 credit hours. 6.0 hours can be applied to the Areas of Professional Practice requirement and is approved for newly admitted and experienced attorneys. 1.0 hour can be applied toward the ethics and professionalism requirement and is approved for experienced attorneys.
MELISSA ABU-ADAS is an attorney with Brogan Law Group, in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. She is licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Ms. Abu-Adas currently focuses on Medicaid planning and applications and also practices in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, special needs planning and guardianships. She earned her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Drew University, and her J.D. degree from Rutgers School of Law - Newark.
ROBERT F. BROGAN is president of the Brogan Law Group, a boutique practice focused exclusively on elder law, special needs planning, and asset protection. Certified as an elder law attorney by the ABA-accredited National Elder Law Foundation, Mr. Brogan presently serves as a director on the Board of Directors of the Special Needs Alliance, an invitation-only national consortium of attorneys dedicated to special needs and disability law; and serves as co-chair of the Special Needs Alliances' Public Policy Committee. He served as a director on the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). He also served as chapter president of the New Jersey NAELA. Mr. Brogan was chair of the Elder and Disability Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association; and he is a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP), an invitation-only council comprised of innovators in the profession guiding the future of elder and special needs law. He served as chair of the Ocean County Bar Association's Elder Law Committee. Mr. Brogan is admitted to practice in the Superior courts of New Jersey, the Federal District Court of New Jersey, and the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He serves on the Public Policy Steering Committee of NAELA and was selected by the NAELA president to chair the ABLE Act Task Force. The New Jersey State Bar Association has twice awarded him the Legislative Service Award for his lobbying efforts in the fields of elder law and special needs. Mr. Brogan was an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He regularly lectures to other attorneys at the state and national level regarding Medicaid planning, planning for people with special needs, and the policy impact of healthcare issues on seniors and those with special needs. He has lobbied for positive legislative and regulatory developments on behalf of seniors and those with special needs at the state, congressional and presidential level. Mr. Brogan is the author of articles published by New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Suffolk University School of Law, National Business Institute, the Special Needs Alliance, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He earned his B.A. degree from Rutgers College and his J.D. degree from Rutgers School of Law.
DANIEL DEL COLLO III concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration and elder law, including the drafting of wills, trusts (and special needs), guardianships, Medicaid planning, powers of attorneys and advanced medical directives. Mr. Del Collo’s elder law clients also call upon him to handle personal injury, real estate and business law matters. Before launching his own law practice, he worked at an award-winning high volume estate planning and elder law firm in Southern New Jersey, where he provided counsel to individuals and families (ranging from pro-bono to high net worth) regarding wills, trusts, asset protection, guardianships, tax issues and Medicaid planning, including financial planning for those with special needs. Mr. Del Collo also provided counsel to individuals and families with loved ones suffering from varying types and degrees of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and other neurological diseases. He earned his undergraduate degree from Haverford College and his J.D. degree from Rutgers School of Law - Camden.
JANE M. FEARN-ZIMMER is an attorney with Flaster Greenberg, PC, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She dedicates her practice to serving clients in the areas of elder and disability law, special needs trusts, asset protection, tax and estate planning, and estate administration. Ms. Fearn-Zimmer is the editor of The Elder Law Report, Including Special Needs Planning. In New Jersey, she is also recognized as a leader in the area of using Medicaid compliant annuities. She filed three separate federal district court lawsuits against the State of New Jersey on behalf of clients who used Medicaid compliant annuities in order to allow clients obtain Medicaid eligibility to assist in covering their long term care costs. Each of the three cases involved the purchase of an immediate annuity pursuant to applicable Medicaid law in order to achieve Medicaid eligibility. In each case, the State of New Jersey denied Medicaid benefits. Ms. Fearn-Zimmer has presented on tax, Special Needs planning, Medicaid planning, guardianships, and estate planning topics. Representative publications include Planning with Medicaid Annuities, Estate and Financial Planning Council of Southern NJ, November/December 2014, Gay Marriage in Transition: Recent Developments in the Legal Rights of Same-Sex Couples, 183 N.J.L.J. 95 (January 9, 2006), and Special Needs Trusts Update, Estate and Financial Planning Council of Southern NJ, September/October 2010. She was a former federal judicial clerk to the Honorable John S. Unpingco, Chief Judge of the District Court of Guam, where she served on the Civil and Criminal Justice Reform Act Committees for the District of Guam.Â Ms. Fearn-Zimmer has been admitted to the New Jersey Bar since 1996, and previously practiced civil litigation in New Jersey. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Burlington County Bar Association, the Gloucester County Bar Association, and is presently serving as the Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Elder and Disability Law Section.Â Ms. Fearn-Zimmer received her B.A. degree Chestnut College, LL.M. degree in taxation, with distinction, from Temple University and earned her J.D. degree from Rutgers School of Law.