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Who can Act as A Witness to a Power of Attorney?

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in NJ Elder Care | Comments Off on Who can Act as A Witness to a Power of Attorney?

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold, NJ Power of Attorney Lawyer To be a lawful witness of a legal document in New Jersey a person must be over the age of 18, be of sound mind meaning not having a mental disability or prior determination of incompetence, be able to understand that they are witnessing the signature of a binding, legal document and serve as a witness voluntarily, (e.g., not being unduly pressured to witness the document). In addition, the witness cannot be the signor of the document or be the...

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An Enduring Challenge: Competency and the Dueling Powers of Attorney

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in NJ Elder Care | Comments Off on An Enduring Challenge: Competency and the Dueling Powers of Attorney

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold, NJ Guardianship & Elder Care Attorney A resident was place in an assisted living memory locked unit by his son. He (the resident) has a girlfriend of long standing (10 years). The son has told the management of the facility that the girlfriend is not permitted to visit with the resident. In response, the girlfriend contacted the Ombudsman’s office and was told that the son had the authority under the father’s Power of Attorney (DPOA). My understanding from the...

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Yes, New Jersey Even Pays For Funerals

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in NJ Elder Care | Comments Off on Yes, New Jersey Even Pays For Funerals

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold, NJ Medicaid Long-Term Care Attorney The State of New Jersey will pay for funerals through the Department of Human Services (DHS). To apply for a “public assistance” funeral you must call your county board of social/human services (or welfare agency) in which the deceased person resided at the time of their death. Individuals eligible for a state public assistance funeral and burial funds include individuals who require long term care benefits under Medicaid and disabled...

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Learn About A Protective Arrangement: A Really Different Type of Quasi-Guardianship to Protect an Incapacitated or Vulnerable Person

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in NJ Elder Care | Comments Off on Learn About A Protective Arrangement: A Really Different Type of Quasi-Guardianship to Protect an Incapacitated or Vulnerable Person

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold, NJ Elder Abuse & Financial Exploitation Attorney A Guardianship action is filed when a person is incapacitated and cannot make decisions on their own and requires somebody else to come in and make those personal, medical and/or financial decisions for him or her.  A guardianship proceeding is a court action to declare a person incapacitated (not mentally sound) and then have another person appointed as the legal guardian of that person.  Sometimes (certainly not...

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Physician Orders For Life-Sustaining Treatment Act or POLST

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in NJ Elder Care | Comments Off on Physician Orders For Life-Sustaining Treatment Act or POLST

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold, NJ Health Care Directive and Living Will Attorney In 2012, the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Act, or POLST, was enacted. POLST is designed to complement the New Jersey Advanced Health Care Act by making a person’s medical wishes regarding life-sustaining treatment. POLST is a standardized form, called the POLST form. It sets forth medical orders that address a range of life-sustaining interventions and patient preferences as to the intensity of...

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Trusts Controlled By the Beneficiary are Considered Resources for Medicaid Eligibility Determination Purposes

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in NJ Elder Care | Comments Off on Trusts Controlled By the Beneficiary are Considered Resources for Medicaid Eligibility Determination Purposes

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold, NJ Medicaid Attorney From the title of the article alone, you would think this blog post is a no-brainer.  Medicaid looks back five years to determine if you made transfers of resources out of your name to someone else for less than fair market value.  Property received from a trust for the applicant’s benefit is considered available income for determining Medicaid eligibility.  Estate of Berto v. D.S.H.S., a Medicaid appeal from Washington State, demonstrates a case of...

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Options for Ending Your Life When You’re A “Vegetable” Who Lacks a Power of Attorney

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in NJ Elder Care | Comments Off on Options for Ending Your Life When You’re A “Vegetable” Who Lacks a Power of Attorney

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold, NJ Healthcare Directive and Living Will Attorney Our topic today is one that I don’t like to talk about and no one reading probably wants to think about.  Unfortunately, what we are discussing is based from a client that came to us.  The client’s spouse was in a coma after suffering a stroke following heart surgery.  The client and the spouse are in their late-50s, and the option of having a power of attorney or a guardianship application filed years earlier never...

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Your Right to Refuse Medical Treatment and to Die. The Advance Health Care Directive

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in NJ Elder Care | Comments Off on Your Right to Refuse Medical Treatment and to Die. The Advance Health Care Directive

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold, NJ Living Will and Health Care Directive Attorney Life vs. Death is a topic we often discuss in hypothetical terms because it’s disturbing. New Jersey Law permits life-sustaining treatment to be withheld or withdrawn in certain, limited circumstances. New Jersey is generally regarded as a “Right to Control over Life” state. The Act defines the term “life-sustaining treatment” quite broadly: “Life-sustaining treatment” means the use of any medical device or procedure,...

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What Happens When a Power of Attorney and Health Care Directive are Silent About…?

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in NJ Elder Care | Comments Off on What Happens When a Power of Attorney and Health Care Directive are Silent About…?

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold, NJ Power of Attorney Lawyer In a recent office conversation with an elderly person and his daughter, he showed me an executed Power of Attorney (POA) naming her as agent and health care agent. The POA did not state how or when the agent could be removed nor did it state a successor Agent in case the original agent could not serve. In this case a sibling suspects the agent is neglecting the principal (his dad) and therefore is placing him at risk when left in the agent’s...

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I’m Disabled, Not Incompetent…Why Can’t I Establish My Own Trust?

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in NJ Elder Care | Comments Off on I’m Disabled, Not Incompetent…Why Can’t I Establish My Own Trust?

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold, NJ Special Needs Attorney Special Needs Trusts (SNTs) are an important tool in an elder care attorney’s toolbox. Established correctly, SNT’s allow a person to qualify for public benefits such as Medicaid and/or SSI while maintaining assets in a trust to supplement the funds provided by such programs. SNTs are established with funds that are owned by and belong to the beneficiary. By placing the assets into an SNT, the beneficiary can reduce his or her resource level to...

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