Richard Miller is designated as a “Certified Elder Law Attorney” by the National Elder Law Foundation, an organization accredited by the American Bar Association. Richard concentrates his practice in Elder Law, Guardianships, Planning for Individuals with Special Needs, Estate Planning, Asset Protection, Estate Administration and Probate Litigation. Richard provides fiduciary services and serves as Executor and Administrator in complex estate matters. Richard serves as guardian for disabled individuals, Trustee for Supplemental Needs Trusts, and as a Mediator for probate litigation matters.

Richard was the recipient of the New Jersey Judiciary’s 2020 Pro Bono Attorney Recognition Event which recognizes outstanding members of the New Jersey Bar who provide pro bono services which improve the lives of state residents and support the administration on Justice.

Richard is Past-President and a Trustee of the Passaic County Bar Association, and a Court-Approved Mediator. Richard is a frequent lecturer on elder law, government benefit planning and guardianships before professional, community and financial groups.

He has been selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyer list from 2010-2023.* Richard was also the recipient of the 2011 Professional Lawyer of the Year by the Passaic County Bar Association and the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law, and the 2015 Distinguished practitioner of the Year for Chancery/Probate by the Passaic County Bar Association.

*No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey or the American Bar Association. A description of the standard or methodology used by Super Lawyers can be found here

  • Passaic County Bar Association, Chair, Elder Law Section
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member, Elder Law Section, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Academy of Special Needs Planners
  • Colorado State Bar Association, Member, Elder Law Section and Trusts and Estates Section

Passaic County Bar Association: “Leaving Legacies Instead of Litigation:
Tips to Stay Out of Court for the Aging Population,” February 23, 2022.

NJICLE: “Guardians Ad Litem – How They Work and How to Get Appointed,” September 29, 2022.

NJSBA Fall Conference: “In re Britney Spears: Guardianship Lessons from this Famous Case,” November 21, 2022.

Proviser‘s “Financial Planning for Families with Special Needs” live webinar: February 23, 2023.

Hot Topics in Elder Law Speaker Series: “Myths and Misconceptions in Estate and Medicaid Planning,” March 8, 2023.

Hot Topics in Elder Law Speaker Series: “Legacies Instead of Litigation – Tips to Stay Out of Court for the Aging Population,” April 18, 2023.

  • State of New Jersey, 1992
  • State of New York, 1993
  • State of Colorado, 2017

  • Rutgers Law School, J.D., 1992
  • Rutgers College, B.A., 1989

Decision Alert: Arla Cahill & Richard Miller, Esqs. Secure Favorable Decision for Client in Special Needs Trust Case

March 14, 2024

Arla D. Cahill, Esq. and Richard I. Miller, Esq., Partners and Co-Chairs of the Special Needs Practice Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC, recently won a favorable decision on behalf of the firm’s bank client, which filed a suit in 2021 to modify a special needs trust (SNT) agreement that appointed the bank as a professional […]

The Importance of Charitable Beneficiary Planning: Lessons from the Matter of the Estate of Heinecke

April 5, 2024

The recent Appellate Division decision, In the Matter of the Estate of Heinecke, serves as an important warning to those who have named charitable organizations as beneficiaries in their Last Will and Testament.  The case also illustrates the applicability of the legal doctrine known as Cy Pres. Understanding Cy Pres Doctrine: Cy Pres is an […]

Medicaid Alert: Changes to Medicaid’s Penalty Divisor Effective April 1, 2024

April 1, 2024

Beginning April 1, 2024, the State of New Jersey will increase the Medicaid penalty divisor to $440.10 per day, as compared to the previous penalty divisor of $384.57 in 2023. See Medicaid Communication No. 24-03. The Medicaid divisor is used to determine the period of ineligibility for individuals and couples who have transferred assets for […]

Understanding Estate Planning: Are Wills Public Record? – Your Questions Answered

March 14, 2024

Exploring the Visibility of Wills: Understanding Public Record in Estate Planning Wills serve as vital documents outlining the distribution of finances, possessions, and property after an individual’s passing. It’s common to wonder about the accessibility of this information and whether it falls under public record. Upon entering probate, a will becomes part of the public […]

Advantage Alert: How to Navigate Open Enrollment for Medicare Advantage Plans

March 8, 2024

Open enrollment for Medicare Advantage Plans will run from January 1, 2024 to March 31, 2024, giving members the option to switch plans or move back to Original Medicare. Understanding Medicare Advantage Plans Medicare Advantage Plans, sometimes known as “Part C” or “MA Plans,” are offered by private companies approved by Medicare. The two most […]

New Jersey Inheritance Tax and Stepchildren: Once a Stepchild, Always a Stepchild

March 7, 2024

Understanding New Jersey’s Inheritance Tax New Jersey remains one of the few States that imposes an inheritance tax. The inheritance tax is not based on the size of the estate, but who receives the estate. There is no inheritance tax imposed on transfers to a parent, grandparent, spouse, domestic partner, child or stepchild (Class “A” […]

A Message for New Jersey Seniors: Senior Freeze Program Applications Are En Route

February 22, 2024

On February 12, 2024, the State of New Jersey began sending applications for The Senior Freeze Program to eligible senior citizens. The Senior Freeze Program reimburses eligible senior citizens and disabled individuals for property tax increases on their principal residence, meaning the home you own and continually occupy as your permanent residence.   Reimbursements are […]

Mastering the Probate Maze: A Roadmap for New Jersey Estates

February 20, 2024

Losing a loved one is an emotional and challenging experience, and dealing with the legalities of their estate can add another layer of complexity. In New Jersey, the probate process is the legal procedure through which a deceased person’s assets are distributed and their final affairs are settled. Understanding this process is crucial for both […]

Elder Law and Special Needs Newsletter: February 2024 Issue

February 16, 2024

Our February Elder Law and Special Needs newsletter is now available! In this issue, our attorneys delve into timely topics such as recent legislative developments in New Jersey. Specifically, we explore new laws designed to support drivers with Autism, as well as initiatives establishing “Presumptive Eligibility” under Medicaid’s Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Program. Stay […]

Driving Inclusively: The New Law Benefiting Autistic Drivers in New Jersey

January 15, 2024

In 2024, autistic motorists in New Jersey, as well as their parents/Guardians, will be able to request that their autism diagnoses be notated on their driver’s license. This notation will appear as a code in the “restrictions” column of the driver’s license. This new law, originally passed in May of 2023, is intended to alert […]

A New Year’s Upgrade to Prescription Benefits for the Elderly and Disabled

January 8, 2024

New Jersey has several programs to assist seniors with the costs of their prescription medications. For instance, the Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) Program, created in 1975, provides prescription medications for low-income elderly and disabled persons at reduced cost. Senior Gold, created in 2001, offers prescription benefits to seniors whose earnings exceed […]

Elder Law and Special Needs Newsletter: January 2024 Issue

January 3, 2024

ICYMI: The January issue of our Elder Law and Special Needs newsletter is hot off the press today! In this issue, our attorneys cover industry hot topics including Richard Miller’s recent article in Insurance NewsNet discussing beneficiary designations. Read the full newsletter here.

Remote Witnessing: The Shifting Legal Landscape for Health Care Proxies and Wills

December 19, 2023

A health care agent is the person you designate to make medical decisions on your behalf in the event you are unable to make such decisions yourself. Appointing a trusted friend or family member as your agent ensures your health care providers follow your wishes. For example, a Health Care Proxy can authorize the implementation […]

Elder Law and Special Needs Newsletter: November 2023 Issue

November 28, 2023

ICYMI: The November issue of our Elder Law and Special Needs newsletter is hot off the press today! In this issue, our attorneys cover industry hot topics including the upcoming Medicare Open Enrollment deadline, the story behind Michael Oher conservatorship and ways to save time by using the Social Security website. Read the full newsletter […]

Your Health, Your Choice: A Guide to Medicare Open Enrollment

November 7, 2023

The Medicare open enrollment period runs through December 7th, 2023.   Medicare adjusts costs, coverage, and accepted providers on an annual basis. If you have received “Evidence of Coverage,” or an “Annual Notice of Change,” from Medicare, now is the time to review your coverage, and, if necessary, make changes to your Medicare healthcare plan to better […]

Elder Law and Special Needs Newsletter – October 2023 Issue

October 3, 2023

Don’t miss the October issue of our Elder Law and Special Needs newsletter. This month’s features include new vlogs and articles discussing industry hot topics. Elder Law Chair, Richard Miller, Esq. even has a Netflix show recommendation included in this issue! Read the full newsletter here.

No Need to Be Insecure About Your Retirement Plan: A Guide to SECURE Act 2.0

October 2, 2023

In July of 2019, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act, also known as the SECURE Act, changed the rules pertaining to 401(k), Roth, IRA, and other retirement savings plans. In December of 2022, the updated SECURE Act 2.0 was signed into law, supplementing the 2019 Act. Before delving into the recent changes […]

Have You Ever Wondered What a Day in the Life of an Elder Law and Probate Litigation Attorney is Like?

September 26, 2023

Richard Miller, Esq., Chair of the Elder Law practice group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC has a Netflix recommendation for “Fisk”. Richard describes it as a “typical Thursday” in his practice! Check it out and let us know what you think.

What Are the Drawbacks of Naming Beneficiaries?

September 8, 2023

Although in many situations the advantages outweigh the disadvantages when selecting beneficiaries, there are always exceptions. What Is a Beneficiary? Beneficiaries are individuals who you select to receive money, various other assets, or specific bequests (such as sentimental items) upon your death. You can name these individuals in estate planning documents such as a will. […]

Elder Law and Special Needs Newsletter: August 2023 Issue

August 29, 2023

Don’t miss the August issue of our Elder Law and Special Needs newsletter. This month, our attorneys have rolled out their new vlogs to discuss industry hot topics, along with a corresponding article. We have also started a new “Meet our Team” spotlight and this month’s feature is our practice group coordinator, Mariah Hernandez. Read […]

Responsibilities of a Special Needs Trust Trustee

July 31, 2023

For individuals with disabilities, an inheritance or settlement can jeopardize a their government benefits, such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). A special needs trust (SNT) can help the individual remain eligible for these benefits while ensuring they have additional financial support. What Is a Special Needs Trust? A special needs trust (SNT) is a type of trust […]

Elder Law and Special Needs Newsletter: July 2023 Issue

July 14, 2023

The Elder Law and Special Needs Practice Groups at Mandelbaum Barrett PC are pleased to bring you their July newsletter. In this issue, our attorneys cover the Aretha Franklin estate trial and verdict, estate planning Q&A, as well as consequences of not using a Medicare Set-Aside account and the latest happenings in our department. Read […]

Do You Need a Trust?: Estate Planning Q&A

July 6, 2023

According to the 2023 Wills and Estate Planning Survey by Caring.com, only 34 percent of Americans have an estate plan. The primary reasons respondents gave for not participating in estate planning are: An estate plan is a comprehensive set of legal documents and strategies that organizes assets for a person’s death or disability. Trusts are legal arrangements […]

Elder Law and Special Needs Newsletter – June 2023 Issue

June 9, 2023

Our Elder Law and Special Needs attorneys are pleased to present their June newsletter. Check it out for articles on Hot Topics including why you don’t want to wait until you’re sick to create an estate plan. It also highlights our team’s recent and upcoming events and presentations. Read the full newsletter here.

How to Become a Legal Guardian in New Jersey

March 20, 2023

Becoming a legal guardian in New Jersey can be a complex and time-consuming process, but it can also be a rewarding experience for those dedicated to providing care and support to individuals who are unable to make decisions for themselves.  When Guardianship Becomes Necessary In New Jersey, guardianship may become necessary when an individual cannot […]

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Elder Law and Special Needs Newsletter: February 2023 Issue

February 27, 2023

The Elder Law and Special Needs Departments at Mandelbaum Barrett PC are pleased to bring you our February newsletter in its new and improved format. Check out the Hot Topics and industry events our team has been busy with. As always, we would love to hear your feedback! Read the full newsletter here.

Trouble in Graceland

February 13, 2023

One month after the sudden passing of Lisa Marie Presley, a dispute over who should control her estate has cast a cloud over Graceland. Lisa Marie Presley was the only child of Rock ‘N Roll legend, Elvis Presley, and his ex-wife, Priscilla Presley. Elvis’ Will left his estate to his father, Vernon Presley, his grandmother, […]

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Enrollment

January 6, 2023

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will soon begin accepting pre-applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program. The enrollment period will run from Tuesday, January 17th, 2023 at 9am until Friday, February 3rd, 2023 at 5pm. This is a federally funded program to provide housing subsidies to New Jersey residents in order […]

Elder Law and Special Needs Newsletter: January 2023 Issue

January 5, 2023

In the January issue of our Elder Law and Special Needs Newsletter, our attorneys share some of their recent articles on industry hot topics, such as “5 Reasons for Seniors to Celebrate in 2023.” We also highlight recent and upcoming events including our Elder Law Team (Richard Miller, Esq., Jason Marx, Esq., Shawna Kirchner Brown, Esq., Donald “Donny” […]

Medicare Open Enrollment Reminder

December 1, 2022

The Medicare open enrollment period runs through December 7th, 2022.   Medicare adjusts costs, coverage, and accepted providers on an annual basis. If you have received “Evidence of Coverage,” or an “Annual Notice of Change,” from Medicare, now is the time to review your coverage, and, if necessary, make changes to your Medicare healthcare plan to […]

What You Should Know About Nursing Home Admissions Contracts

October 5, 2022

They cannot require you to be financially responsible for your loved one’s care. Approximately 48 million adults in the U.S. are caring for an adult with health or functional limitations, and nearly one in six is adults is caring for someone aged 50 or older through illness or disability.[1] Nursing homes and residential care facilities […]

What to Do If Your Medicaid Application Is Denied

June 17, 2022

If you apply for long-term care assistance through Medicaid in New Jersey and your application is denied, the situation may seem hopeless. The good news is that you can appeal the decision. Medicaid is a program for individuals with minimal resources, so it has strict asset eligibility requirements. Qualifying for Medicaid requires navigating the complicated […]

Elder Law Analysis: Creditor Claims in New Jersey

January 31, 2022

To enforce any property claim it is necessary for a personal representative of the estate to be appointed. Absent a personal representative there is no one to formally notice or enforce the claim against if the judgment is pursued.

You Can ‘Cure' a Medicaid Penalty by Returning a Gift

January 20, 2022

In general, a New Jersey resident is eligible for Medicaid if his assets do not exceed the State's resource limit. However, an applicant cannot simply give money away to bring himself under the limit. He will be subject to a Medicaid penalty if he gives or transfers assets to others within five years of applying for Medicaid. The penalty is a period of time the applicant is ineligible for Medicaid and is determined by dividing the amount transferred by what Medicaid determines to be the average monthly cost of a New Jersey nursing home. The current divisor in New Jersey for the purpose of calculating a Medicaid penalty is $361.20 per day.

How to Use Intrafamily Loans as Part of Your Estate Plan

October 18, 2021

When interest rates are low, intrafamily loans can be a good way to assist a relative (typically a child) with purchasing a house or a family business, and in certain circumstances they can be used to gift money to the next generation.

Passing on Assets Outside of Probate: PODs and TODs

October 13, 2021

For a variety of reasons, people sometimes want some or all of their assets to pass directly to specific individuals upon their deaths, outside of probate. One way to accomplish this is to set up a "payable on death" (POD) account for money in a bank account or a "transfer on death" (TOD) account if funds are in a brokerage account.

Supreme Court to Hear Case That Could Increase the Bite That Medicaid Takes Out of Settlements

October 11, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case disputing how much states can recoup from Medicaid recipients' settlements in personal injury cases. The decision has the potential to affect anyone who receives government assistance with their medical care following a disabling injury that results in a lawsuit.

Do You Need a Lawyer to Write a Will?

October 8, 2021

A will is a legal document that directs who will receive your property when you die. The legal requirements are pretty simple. In order for your will to be valid, you must know what property you have and what it means to leave it to someone, then sign the document and have it witnessed according to the laws of your state.

The Perils and Pitfalls of Do-It-Yourself Special Needs Planning

October 7, 2021

Among the costs of caring for a dependent with special needs are the fees for professional advice. Some families are tempted to save on these costs by setting up a plan on their own.

Make Sure Your Estate Plan and Other Essential Documents Are Safe from Disasters

October 5, 2021

It's an unfortunate reality that with the increasing number of natural disasters across the country, including fires, floods, and hurricanes, the chance that you could lose your house and possessions has become more likely. In the event of such a calamity, it is important that your estate planning and other important documents are beyond reach and easily retrievable.

Pandemic Payments Now Won't Affect SSI Benefits or Eligibility at All

September 22, 2021

Pandemic-related financial assistance will no longer affect an individual's eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or the benefit amount, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced. The assistance includes a long list of pandemic payments, ranging from COVID-19 relief checks to state unemployment assistance.

Leaving an IRA to a Special Needs Trust Is No Longer Such a Bad Idea

September 16, 2021

The SECURE Act, passed at the end of 2019, changed a number of rules regarding inherited IRAs, making it more difficult for most beneficiaries to save on taxes by "stretching" distributions over many years. However, an exception to the new rules potentially changes advice that special needs planners often give clients.

Never Say Never: Navigating the Appeals Process if You've Been Denied Social Security Disability Benefits

September 7, 2021

The United States has two federal government benefits programs to help people with disabilities: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Fact or Fiction: I Know This Much Is True

May 3, 2021

HBO's I Know This Much Is True chronicles the lives of identical twins Dominick and Thomas Birdsey, both played by Mark Ruffalo.

Fact or Fiction: Reviewing 2021 Golden Globe Nominated Films about Elder Law and Special Needs Issues

March 12, 2021

March 12, 2021 By Richard I. Miller This year’s Golden Globe nominees included four films that directly relate to the issues handled by our elder law and special needs attorneys. In the coming weeks we will discuss each film, and analyze whether the facts, storylines and legal issues they present are realistic, or pure fiction. […]

What Can a Special Needs Trust Pay For?

February 16, 2021

February 16, 2021 By Richard I. Miller A special needs trust is designed to provide a person with a disability the funds to enhance her quality of life while at the same time allowing her to remain eligible for needs-based public benefits. Government programs like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provide essentials, such as […]

What's in a Name: Why the Title on Your Financial Accounts Matter

February 10, 2021

A name often defines who we are and sometimes, even, who we become. The same is true for the name on your financial accounts. One of the biggest myths and misconceptions of estate planning is that a Will controls the disposition of all assets at death. This is not the case and could lead to […]

A Primer On New Jersey's Court Rules for Guardianships

February 9, 2021

In New Jersey, a child is considered an emancipated person at age 18, irrespective of the severity of disability. As a result, parents of special needs children no longer have the legal right to make medical, legal, financial or personal decisions for children over age 18 even if the child is unable to do so him or herself. Parents often must be appointed guardian for their disabled child to acquire the legal authority to oversee and assist with the child's affairs.

Should a Special Needs Trust Buy a Home for a Beneficiary?

February 1, 2021

February 1, 2021 By Richard I. Miller For some people with disabilities, homeownership may present a uniquely empowering opportunity. But for many others, purchasing a home through a special needs trust may be in the beneficiary’s best interests. Homeownership comes with many pitfalls and responsibilities. Buying a home through a special needs trust, rather than […]

Should Medicaid Beneficiaries Worry About Their COVID-19 Stimulus Payments Counting as Income?

January 25, 2021

On December 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, an economic relief bill intended to help offset the financial crisis caused by COVID-19. This act includes a round of $600 stimulus checks for a large number of Americans, including many Medicaid recipients and applicants who are concerned about […]

Special Needs Trusts: One Size Does Not Fit All

November 2, 2020

By Richard I. Miller November 2020 Special Needs Trusts enable funds to be set aside for individuals with a disability without disqualifying a beneficiary from government benefits such as SSI and Medicaid. To qualify for SSI and Medicaid, an individual’s resources cannot exceed $2,000. A properly designed Special Needs Trust will supplement public benefits without […]

How To Contest a Will in New Jersey

February 27, 2020

A will directs how one’s estate should be distributed after a person passes away. Ordinarily, a will is admitted to probate and the wishes of the decedent are followed without issue. However, there are occasions where the validity of the will is questioned by family members or potential beneficiaries. A will contest is a formal […]

How to Become a Legal Guardian in New Jersey

February 5, 2020

When a loved one loses the ability to make informed and reasonable decisions, pursuing a guardianship may become necessary. A guardianship appoints one or more individuals to handle the affairs of another. Guardianship requires a court proceeding and ongoing judicial oversight.  The guardianship process begins by obtaining a report from two doctors who examine the alleged incapacitated […]

Small Estate Threshold Raised in New York

January 22, 2020

Probate and administration proceedings in New York State can be time-consuming and costly, but New York law allows for a simplified proceeding called voluntary administration for small estates with a value below a certain threshold. Recently, the threshold was expanded from estates valued at less than $30,000 to include all estates under $50,000. Voluntary administration […]

Are Self-Driving Automobiles the Future for the Elderly and Disabled?

November 11, 2019

I was recently in the market for a new car. A number of my friends purchased a Tesla so I decided to go for a test drive to see what all the hype is about. Out of curiosity, I asked the sales rep what segment of the population is buying Teslas. Besides environmentalists and techno geeks, the […]

Five Considerations in Choosing a Special Needs Trustee

February 1, 2018

February 1, 2018 By Richard I. Miller Choosing the right person to serve as trustee of a special needs trust is one of the most important and difficult issues in creating the trust. A trustee typically manages the day-to-day operations of the trust, often making distributions to the trust’s beneficiary, investing the trust’s assets, and […]

Richard Miller Answers NJ.com "Biz Brain" Question on the Inheritance Tax in New Jersey

June 21, 2017

Richard Miller, Chair of the Firm's Elder Law Department, is featured in the June 21, 2017 nj.com "Biz Brain" section where he answers a readers question on the inheritance tax.

Elder Law Day Recap

April 1, 2024

Thank you all who joined us for our first-ever Elder Law Day! Our event proved to be incredibly rewarding, encouraging both learning and networking among our attendees. A heartfelt appreciation goes to our speakers for sharing their expertise, perspectives, and delightful anecdotes. Take a look at some highlights of our event and what some of […]

18 of our attorneys have been selected for the 2024 New Jersey Super Lawyers® list, and 5 were named to the 2024 New Jersey Rising Stars® list.

March 25, 2024

Mandelbaum Barrett PC is delighted to share that 18 of our attorneys have been selected for the 2024 New Jersey Super Lawyers® list, and 5 were named to the 2024 New Jersey Rising Stars® list. We are proud to work alongside such an exceptional team. Special shout out to Andy R. Bronsnick for making the Top […]

Richard Miller authors article for Think Advisor titled “4 Things Advisors Must Know About Beneficiary Designations”

March 20, 2024

“Many people believe that a will controls the disposition of all of one’s assets at death. This is not so.” Richard Miller, Esq., Chair of the Elder Law Practice Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC, explores crucial insights for Financial Advisors in a recent Think Advisor article discussing beneficiary designations. Richard emphasizes four critical points: Read […]

Mandelbaum Barrett PC to Host 1st Annual Elder Law Day

February 12, 2024

The Elder Law Practice Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC will be hosting our 1st Annual Elder Law Day at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, NJ on Friday, March 22nd from 8:30am until noon. Elder Law Day aims to empower individuals involved in caring for and assisting the elderly and disabled, whether they are […]

Richard Miller, Esq. spotlighted in Primerus Weekly

January 10, 2024

“When you’re talking about wills and estates and people who are sick and need guardians or are disabled, you’re seeing people at their most raw, who need the most help,” says Richard Miller, Esq. who heads up the Elder Law Department at Mandelbaum Barrett PC. “Sometimes you see the good, the bad, and the ugly.” […]

Richard Miller, Esq. authors article for Insurance Newsnet titled “How insurers can mitigate their exposure when it comes to beneficiary designations”

December 19, 2023

“One of the biggest myths and misconceptions of estate planning is that a will controls the disposition of all one’s assets at death. This is not the case. Failing to distinguish the difference between probate and non-probate assets could lead to unintended and costly consequences not only for the person who owns the asset, but […]

Richard Miller and Shawna Brown to speak on NJICLE panel discussing “Guardians Ad Litem- How They Work & How to Get Appointed”

August 23, 2023

On September 20th, 2023, Richard Miller, Esq., Chair of Elder Law and Co-Chair of Special Needs and Shawna Brown, Esq., Counsel in the Elder Law and Special Needs Practice Groups at Mandelbaum Barrett PC will join a distinguished panel of Judges and practitioners for an NJICLE CLE webinar to share real world scenarios that give […]

22 Attorneys Named to 2024 Best Lawyers List

August 17, 2023

Mandelbaum Barrett PC is proud to announce that 22 lawyers were recognized to the 2024 Best Lawyers list. At Mandelbaum Barrett PC, we have always strived for excellence and have consistently sought to uphold the highest standards of legal practice. This recognition serves as a reminder of our ongoing mission to provide unparalleled legal representation […]

Richard Miller, Esq. to present on NJICLE live webinar titled “Guardianships in 2023: The Basics and Beyond”

June 9, 2023

Richard Miller, Esq., Chair of Elder Law and Co-Chair of Special Needs at Mandelbaum Barrett PC will be presenting at the New Jersey State Bar Association‘s Live CLE Webcast on June 30th titled “Guardianships in 2023: The Basics and Beyond.” This seminar will provide a brief overview of the basics of guardianships of the person […]

21 Mandelbaum Barrett PC Attorneys Named to 2023 New Jersey Super Lawyers Lists

May 11, 2023

Congratulations to the Mandelbaum Barrett PC attorneys selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers & Rising Stars lists that were just announced today. We think our team is pretty super too! Learn more about this award and the methodology used by Thomson Reuters here. No aspect of this award or advertisement has been approved by […]

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Special Needs attorneys to present “Planning for Families with Special Needs Children”

April 26, 2023

Working with parents and caregivers of children with special needs daily, we understand the importance of considering your child’s future and we have created a seminar just for you. We want to help you understand the process to ensure that you have a plan in place so that your child will continue to receive the […]

The Elder Law Attorneys at Mandelbaum Barrett PC will present “Legacies Instead of Litigation” on April 18th

March 20, 2023

Our Elder Law Team will be presenting “Legacies Instead of Litigation” on April 18th at 8am at 3 Becker Farm Road in Roseland. You can attend in-person or via zoom and a light breakfast will be served. “Legacies Instead of Litigation – Tips to Stay Out of Court for the Aging Population.” The modern American […]

Richard I. Miller to be a Guest Speaker for Proviser’s “Financial Planning for Families with Special Needs” Live Webinar

February 16, 2023

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Elder Law Chair Richard Miller, Esq. will be joining Vincent M. Blazewicz and Jill VanNostrand as a guest speaker for Proviser‘s “Financial Planning for Families with Special Needs” live webinar on February 23rd at 6pm. Topics covered will include ABLE accounts, beneficiary designations, life and disability insurance and estate planning.

The Elder Law Attorneys at Mandelbaum Barrett PC to Present a “Hot Topics in Elder Law” Speaker Series Starting in March

January 31, 2023

The Elder Law Attorneys at Mandelbaum Barrett PC is excited to announce our new “Hot Topics in Elder Law” Speaker Series starting March 8th at 6pm at our Roseland campus. The topic for March will be “Myths and Misconceptions in Estate and Medicaid Planning.” Please contact kdavey@mblawfirm.com or (973)243-7969 for more details and to register. […]

Richard I. Miller and Donald Dennison interviewed for ROI-NJ article titled “No small matter: Business owners can face unique planning challenges, elder law expert says”

January 12, 2023

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Elder Law Chair, Richard I. Miller, Esq. was recently interviewed for the January 11, 2023 issue of ROI-NJ discussing the challenges for small business owners in terms of long-term care planning. He also addressed the issues for business owners and their spouses to qualify for Medicaid which is often needed to pay […]

The Elder Law attorneys at Mandelbaum Barrett PC to present Estate Planning seminar at Arbor Terrace Roseland titled “7 Biggest Estate Planning and Asset Preservation Myths”

December 20, 2022

The Elder Law attorneys at Mandelbaum Barrett PC are pleased to be presenting an Estate Planning Seminar to the families of Arbor Terrace in Roseland, NJ, sponsored by TheKey, on January 11th, 2023. Moderated by Elder Law Chair Richard Miller, Esq., attorneys Jason Marx, Esq., Shawna Kirchner Brown, Esq., Donald “Donny” A. Dennison, Esq. and Jacqueline Yarmo, Esq. will discuss the […]

Richard I. Miller to be part of panel at NJSBA Fall Conference on November 21st, 2022

November 21, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Elder Law Chair, Richard Miller, Esq. will be part of a panel of industry thought leaders presenting at the New Jersey State Bar Association Fall Conference this afternoon from 3:50 to 4:30pm. The online CLE is titled “In re Britney Spears: Guardianship Lessons from this Famous Case.”

Richard Miller, Esq. and Shawna Kirchner Brown, Esq. will join a panel of distinguished judges and legal professionals for a NJICLE seminar

August 30, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Elder Law Chair Richard Miller, Esq. and Associate Shawna Kirchner Brown, Esq. will join a panel of distinguished judges and legal professionals for a New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education on September 29th at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. “Guardians Ad Litem – How They Work and How to Get Appointed” will take a […]

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Elder Law Chair Richard Miller, Esq. discussed how COVID has compounded the rise in estate litigation in blended families in an interview with ROI-NJ.

April 8, 2022

While no one can control complications that the pandemic brings, Mr. Miller said a lot of trouble could be avoided by people having an estate plan that contemplates the entirety of their family situation. https://bit.ly/3ungtDT

Mandelbaum Barrett PC is pleased to announce that fourteen of our attorneys have been selected by their peers to the New Jersey Super Lawyers List* for 2022. 

March 17, 2022

Steven Adler, Michael Bevacqua, Andrew Bronsnick (**10th year as Super Lawyer and on the Top 100 list), Arla D. Cahill, David Carton, Damian Conforti, Doug Eilender, Raj Gadhok, Arthur Grossman, Barry Mandelbaum, Richard Miller, Michael Saffer, Robert C. Scrivo, Lynne Strober. In addition, the Firm is excited to announce that four of our attorneys were named to the Rising Stars list for 2022, which recognizes the top up-and-coming […]

Richard Miller, Donald Dennison and Shawna Brown to present to the Passaic County Bar Association

February 9, 2022

The modern American family has undergone drastic changes during the last two generations. Now more than ever before, second or third marriages, each with their own children, unmarried significant others and caregivers who have served as quasi-family members for aging or disabled individuals are becoming more prevalent. As the concept of the American family evolves, so should our approach to effective estate planning counseling.

Richard Miller Honored at New Jersey Judiciary's 2020 Pro Bono Attorney Recognition Event

October 29, 2020

Richard Miller was honored at the New Jersey Judiciary’s 2020 Pro Bono Attorney Recognition Event, hosted by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. This annual event recognizes outstanding members of the New Jersey Bar who provide pro bono services which improve the lives of state residents and support the administration of justice. In the past year, Richard […]

Richard Miller and Shawn Brown Presented on NJSBA Webinar on Guardians Ad Litem

September 22, 2020

Richard Miller and Shawna Brown joined a distinguished panel of New Jersey judges and attorneys in the live webinar "Guardians Ad Litem: How They Work and How to Get Appointed," hosted by the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Richard Miller Answers a NJ.com Readers Question on Inheritance Tax

December 26, 2019

Richard I. Miller answered a NJ.com readers question on "Can I avoid the inheritance tax for nieces and nephews?" Read what Richard had to say here.

Join Us For Our 7th Annual Tax, Trusts & Estate Planning Forum

November 7, 2019

We will be discussing timely developments in Estate and Federal Taxation at this 1.5 CE accredited program for CPAs and CFPs. To RSVP, please contact Laure Lynch at 973.243.7951 or llynch@lawfirm.ms.

Mandelbaum Barrett PC's March 2019 Special Needs Newsletter

March 21, 2019

Mandelbaum Barrett PC's March Special Needs Newsletter is now available. In this issue you can read about what a special needs trust can pay for and kiddie tax changes. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Practice Group Co-Chair's Richard Miller or Arla D. Cahill. Click here to read this month's issue.

Mandelbaum Barrett PC's March 2019 Elder Law Alert

March 5, 2019

Mandelbaum Barrett PC's March Elder Law Newsletter is now available. This month's issue discusses paid family caregivers through Medicaid, protecting your house after you move into a nursing home, and more. Click here to read this month's issue.

Mandelbaum Barrett PC's February 2019 Special Needs Newsletter

February 20, 2019

Mandelbaum Barrett PC's February Special Needs Newsletter is now available. In this issue you can read about ABLE accounts, a difficult question parents of adult children with disabilities face, and more. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Practice Group Co-Chair's Richard Miller or Arla D. Cahill. Read more here.

Mandelbaum Barrett PC's February 2019 Elder Law Alert

February 11, 2019

Mandelbaum Barrett PC's February Elder Law Newsletter is now available. This month's issue discusses Medicaid home care, costs of new long-term care insurance policies, and more. Click here to read this month's issue.

Richard Miller Spoke with ROI-NJ on Divorce and Remarriage Among the Aging Generation

February 1, 2019

Elder Law Chair Richard Miller spoke with ROI-NJ on divorce and remarriage among the aging generation and the financial consequences. Click here to read more.

Mandelbaum Barrett PC's January 2019 Special Needs Newsletter

January 14, 2019

Mandelbaum Barrett PC's January Special Needs Newsletter is now available. In this issue you can read about Pooled Trusts and home-ownership for individuals with disabilities. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Practice Group Co-Chair's Richard Miller or Arla D. Cahill.

Mandelbaum Barrett PC's January 2019 Elder Law Alert

January 7, 2019

The January Elder Law Newsletter is now available. In this issue you can read about Medicare Part B, Understanding Medicare's Hospice Benefit, and more. Click here to read this month's issue.

November Special Needs Newsletter

November 7, 2018

Our November Special Needs newsletter is now available. This month you will learn about who can set up ABLE accounts, the rise of social security payments in 2019 and more. For any questions you have regarding these and other special needs issues, contact Co-Chair Richard Miller. Click here to read this month's issue.

Mandelbaum Barrett PC's September 2018 Elder Law Alert

September 24, 2018

Check out our latest Elder Law alert that deals with a recent change to VA benefit rules by the VA. Click here to read more.

Richard Miller Spoke at Brightview Senior Living

September 5, 2018

Richard Miller, Chair of Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Elder Law Practice Group presented on September 5, 2018, to seniors at Brightview Senior Living in Randolph about "The Myths and Misconceptions of Elder Care Planning."

Richard Miller Answered a Star Ledger Readers Question on the Importance of Having a Will

July 30, 2018

Richard Miller, Chair of the Firm's Elder Law Practice and a Certified Elder Law attorney, recently answered a Star Ledger reader's question on the importance of having a will.

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Opens Office in Denver Colorado

January 25, 2018

We are proud to announce the opening of our newest location! We are excited and look forward to expanding our legal service offerings to the Colorado community.

Richard Miller answers NJ.COM Biz Brain Reader's Question on New Jersey Inheritance Tax and the new Governor

October 11, 2017

Richard Miller, the Firm's Elder Law Practice Group Chair and Co-Chair of its Special Needs Practice Group, was recently asked by nj.com to answer a reader's question on New Jersey's Inheritance Tax and his thoughts on what the new Governor will do. Read Richard's response here: https://lnkd.in/epeAwEi

Richard Miller to Speak at NJICLE Program on "Handling Contested Guardianships"

September 22, 2017

On Thursday October 5th Richard Miller, Chair of the Firm's Elder Law Practice Group and Co-Chair of its Special Needs Practice Group will be presenting as part of a panel on "Handling Contested Guardianships"at the New Jersey Law Center. This NJICLE course will cover what to do when the matter unavoidably ends up in a courtroom. Attorneys can learn tools to effectively represent their clients and learn about the latest cases dealing with guardianships and what the holdings mean to you!

Richard Miller answers NJ.Com "Biz Brain" question on Lowering an Estates Value Before Death

June 23, 2017

Richard Miller, Chair of the Firm's Elder Law Department, was featured in today's Nj.com "Biz Brain" section answering a readers question on lowering an estate's value before death. To read the full question and Richard's answer, click here.

Richard I. Miller Authored Article For CPNJ Winter 2017 Newsletter

January 12, 2017

Richard I. Miller, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Special Needs Practice, authored an article for the Winter 2017 issue of "Independent" a newsletter of Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey (CPNJ). The article, entitled "Recent Developments in Planning for Individuals with Special Needs" can be found on