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May 25, 2018

4 Myths About Advanced Directives

The topic of advanced directives, durable power of attorney for health care, and other end of life planning is not an easy one to approach, but planning ahead can help save you and your family additional stress. It’s also easier to navigate through the processes with a complete understanding of them. An advanced directive is […]

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April 24, 2018

Guardianship for Elders and Other Adults Explained

Senior citizens need the support of their families and communities more as they continue to mature, and the court system doesn’t always have the resources available to give each individual all the attention they would like. Anybody who is at least 18 years old and does not have the ability to care for themselves may […]

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February 23, 2018

Three Tips for the Unmarried Couple Buying a Home

By: Jeffrey Apell, Esq. At 16 percent, unmarried couples made up the largest percentage of first-time home buyers last year than they have since 1981, according to the annual National Association of Realtors report. Many couples don’t realize just how risky it can be to buy a home without being legally tied together. A real […]

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February 8, 2018

Parents Have Rights, Too!

For most school-age children, a new marking period is underway and the school year is halfway over! It’s the perfect time to take a closer look at your child’s school progress and the effectiveness of their IEP. Is your child making progress? Are his/her IEP goals being met? If the answer is NO, then exercise your […]

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January 12, 2018

2018 Guidelines for Meeting Transgender Student Needs

As 2017 comes to an end, those of us in the special education arena are already looking ahead to 2018.  Next year, it is expected that the Commissioner of Education will issue guidelines related to transgender students. Earlier this year, Governor Christie signed legislation that requires the Commissioner of Education to develop guidelines for school […]

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November 21, 2017

Counseling the First-Time Home Buyer, or How Teaching Downward-Facing Dog Has Made Me a Better Lawyer

By: Melanie Levan Like you, I wear many hats in my life. Mother, attorney, wife, daughter… and yoga teacher.  I have taught yoga for over nine years, and it is one of the greatest sources of joy in my life. Each class, I help people stretch, relax, tune in to themselves, and maybe get some […]

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October 24, 2017

The Immediate Impact of Endrew F.

This is the first full school year following the Supreme Court’s groundbreaking decision last Spring in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. How has the decision been effecting IEPs? So far it has been working out quite nicely for students with special needs! Endrew F. ruled that public schools must provide students with disabilities […]

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October 4, 2017

Getting Access To Dad’s Digital Assets

  By: Jeffrey S. Apell, Esq. One would think that once a loved one is gone and you are appointed as the Executor under his or her Will, you would have complete and total access to all of his or her accounts and assets. You would be wrong, however. “Digital assets” are defined as a […]

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September 23, 2017

Estate Planning for the Blended Family

By: Melanie M. Levan From Brady Bunch to Modern Family, we’ve come a long way in the makeup of today’s families. When it comes time to draft up the blended family’s estate plan, it can get complicated.  Here are a few typical situations to consider: Step Children: Often in second marriages, each spouse comes into […]

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