Law Office of Richard Mazzio LLC.

                                                     ESTATE PLANNING AND ELDER LAW



Elder Law--- Is a highly specialized and increasingly important area of the law. It encompasses a wide range of practice areas, including Medicaid planning, estate planning, asset protection, Veterans Benefits and more. Rich's goal with respect to elder law is to help New Jersey seniors protect their assets against the high cost of nursing home care, remain independent for as long as possible, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing there is a plan in place for the future. As a New Jersey Elder Law Attorney, Rich can help you plan in advance to protect your assets against the high cost of healthcare, as well as obtain assistance from Medicaid in a crisis situation.


Estate Planning--- Rich cannot over-emphasize the importance of early estate planning. New Jersey residents of all ages need to have certain basic tools in place. Estate planning includes wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, living wills and health care powers of attorney, and coordinating property ownership and beneficiary designations with the overall plan. Because Rich is both a New Jersey estate planning and elder law attorney, he can offer more protection for his clients than most estate planning lawyers.


Medicaid Planning--- When it is time for you to apply for Medicaid, it may be too late to take advantage of some significant opportunities for protecting your assets and your loved ones. Careful planning before Medicaid is needed can help assure that you get quality care, as well as protect your estate for your spouse and your children. Whether it is purchasing long-term care insurance or pursuing benefits owed to you under Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans Administration, Rich as an experienced New Jersey Medicaid Attorney, can advise you on the approach that is right for you. This may include the best way to apply for Medicaid, such as exploring the use of trusts, transfers of assets, purchase of annuities, or increasing the income and resource allowances for family members.


Estate Settlement/Probate--- There is much written about the estate settlement process and probate. The reality is that much of the information given to consumers is misleading or simply false. The fact is that your experience with what happens when a loved one dies has more to do with the attorney you hire to help you than any other factor. Choose the wrong lawyer and your experience will be a time-consuming, expensive nightmare. Rich as New Jersey  Probate Attorney can simplify the estate settlement and probate process so that you can relax knowing things are being handled properly. By simplifying the process, Rich can also save you time and money. Rich assists with all aspects of estate and trust settlement and probate, including the preparation of New Jersey  tax returns, federal estate and gift tax returns and fiduciary income tax returns.


Special Needs Planning​---Special Needs Estate Planning focuses on providing for the special needs of our loved ones with disabilities when we are no longer there to organize and advocate on their behalf. Parents of children with special needs must make careful estate planning choices to coordinate all of the legal, financial, and special care needs of their children – both now and in the future.

Veterans Benefits​---There are a multitude of VA Benefits available to senior veterans in New Jersey.  VA Benefits can come in a variety of different forms and provide medical benefits, nursing home care and the often over looked VA Benefit known as “Aid and Attendance.”  Rich as a New Jersey Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney can make sure you are receiving all of the benefits you and your family are entitled to. 


Real Estate Law​---The home is often an individual's most valuable investment.  Having a knowledgeable Real Estate Attorney can ensure a successful transaction.  Rich as an experienced and knowledgeable New Jersey Real Estate Attorney can help you through entire residential real estate transaction, including contract review, title examination, deed transfer and closing. 



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