Joint Accounts and Medicaid Eligibility

By Jill Roamer, J.D. and Marchesa Minium, J.D. The meaning of access to a financial account has recently been litigated in New Jersey. In a non-binding decision, the Superior Court of New Jersey disregarded the Medicaid applicant’s argument that she was physically and cognitively unable to access a joint account – ultimately leading to the inclusion of the resources…

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What Happens to Your Children When You Die?

It’s not a question anyone wants to think about, but it is an important one. Making sure your children are protected if the unthinkable were to happen is one of the most important gifts you can give them. Most parents know how stressful and chaotic any change can be for a child—especially very young children—and…

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Death Comes Unannounced

Death does not come to everyone in their bed, at the end of a long, happy life. No one ever wants to think about the fact that death can come at any time—and for good reason. Still, when it comes as an unexpected blow, the last thing anyone wants to deal with is a complicated…

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A Legacy of Giving

Most of us will need a little help at some point in life, and giving back when you have the means ensures that those less fortunate are taken care of, so that they too may one day be able to help others. Charitable giving is one of the most rewarding experiences in life. But did…

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What Does It Mean To Have A Traffic Ticket “Amended?”

Most people know that when you receive a traffic ticket, you can take it to an attorney to have the ticket “fixed,” or “amended.” But what does that mean, exactly? The first thing you should know is what the consequences are for receiving a ticket. The biggest consequence, and the one that drives most people…

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Why Do I Need an Attorney to Handle my Traffic Ticket?

You do have the right to represent yourself in traffic court; however, most of the time, these cases involve 3 or more court dates, or “continuances,” which can take 1-4 hours each, meaning you’ll likely need to take time off from work to make it to court–and losing hours at work can be costly, in…

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Police Stops: Tips for When You Get Pulled Over

Almost everyone will be pulled over by the police at some point in their lives. Whether it’s for something as common as speeding, or as serious as a DUI, there are several things you can do to make the experience easier for the officer—and therefore, easier on yourself. As soon as you notice the police…

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Why Singles Need a Durable Power of Attorney

What would happen to you if you were in an accident? If you became sick? If you were somehow incapacitated, unable to communicate, who would make decisions regarding your care, or your finances? No one likes to think about the possibility; we all like to pretend we’re invincible, because it’s frightening to find that we’re…

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What Is Probate?

Probate is a mandatory process — all property and assets must go through probate before it can be passed on to heirs. This is a long, complicated, public, and expensive process for the family of the deceased, spanning at least several months, if not years; all during an already difficult and mournful part of the…

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