I came of age during the Civil Rights movement and the anti-war movement. I went to law school after working toward a doctorate in psychology because I believed there were great injustices in the world and lawyers were the people trying to right them. I started the practice of law in the NJ Office of the Public Defender where I expected to defend the Constitution, and learned that the day to day practice of criminal defense law was much more mundane. After a few years I turned to private practice where my focus was largely on family issues. I started with a divorce practice that moved into estate planning and planning for the elderly and disabled. My aim has always been to help people find what is right for them and their families and to help reach that goal. I try to guide clients into recognizing that their own self interests may be served best when considering the interests of others; that trying to do the right thing for all concerned will bring better results than simply trying to win. I still aim at finding justice on the small playing field of the families I work with rather than the more global playing field that first brought me to the practice of law.
Areas of Practice:
Elder & Disability Law, including Guardianships, Estate and Trust Planning, Administration and Litigation Family Law
Certified Elder Law Attorney since 2001, Certified by the National Elder Law Foundation, an approved ABA organization.
New Jersey, 1975 U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1975 U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
J. D. – Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law-Newark, Newark, New Jersey, 1975 M.A. in Psychology – University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1968 B..A. in Psychology with Honors – University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1966
Medicaid Issues in Divorce Proceedings, Eighteenth Annual Elder Law Retreat, 2016.
Elder and Disability Law Issues for the Family Law Practitioner, 2009 Elder Law College updated for 2011 Elder Law College
The Use of Trusts in Divorce When Planning for the Disabled Spouse or Child, New jersey Lawyer Magazine, 2010
What Happens When the Wrong Spouse Dies First: DeMartino and Beyond, NJ-ICLE, Eighth Annual Elder Law Retreat, 2006
Use of Disability and Elder Law Experts in Matrimonial Cases, NJ-ICLE, Hot Tips in Family Law, 2005
Court Records and the Internet: Public or Publish, NJSBA Bench – Bar Conference, 2004
Family Law Considerations for the Elder Law Practitioner, Atlanta Advanced Elder Law Practitioners Conference, 2003
Grandparents’ Rights and Responsibilities Concerning Their Grandchildren, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, 2001
Competing Interests in Modifying New Jersey’s Elective Share Statute, NJ-ICLE, Second Annual New Jersey Trust and Estate Law Forum, 2000
Family Law Issues of Concern to Elders, NJ-ICLE, Sophisticated Elder Law Concepts IV, 1998
Handling Elder Issues in Matrimonial Proceedings, NJ-ICLE, 1994
Elder And Disability Law Issues, For The Family Law Practitioner
Various programs for NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Professional Lawyer of the Year, NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law, 1998
Distinguished Legislative Service Award, New Jersey State Bar Association, 1996
Martindale-Hubble – AV Rated
AVVO Rating – Superb
Professional Associations and Memberships:
New Jersey State Bar Association: Member; Trustee, 1991-1995, 1996-1998; Past Chair and Member, Trustee Legislative Committee Member; Past Chair and Member, Women in the Profession Section; Member, Elder & Disability Law Section
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA): Member; NJ-NAELA, Member of Board of Trustees
Monmouth Bar Association: Member; Trustee, 1989 – 1990; Past Chair, By-laws Committee; Past Chair, Family Law Committee; Past Chair, Family Law Early Settlement Panel; Member, Elderlaw Committee and Estate, Trusts and Probate Committee.
Women Lawyers in Monmouth: Founder, Former Officer and Member
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association: Former Officer, Chair and Member