Practice Area Details

Elder and Disability Law

People are living much longer due to medical and surgical advances.  Due to these same medical breakthroughs, individuals also are surviving catastrophic medical events that once proved fatal, such as strokes, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, cancer, and a host of serious medical problems.  Additionally, there is a new generation of special needs children and adolescents creating life care dilemmas for their parents and extended families.

Twenty percent of the population is over the age of 60 with fifty million people currently receiving Social Security benefits.  Life expectancy has increased by almost 12 years during the latter part of the 20th century.  There are 21.8 million veterans eligible for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs regardless of whether or not they served or were injured in combat.  Twenty percent of the population suffers from some form of disability, and 14% of all students are classified and receiving some type of special needs services.  Despite these daunting statistics, most people ignore estate planning, long term health care issues, and accessing available governmental benefits and services to their detriment.

This growing elderly and disabled population have created a host of legal issues that require the assistance, advocacy, and expertise of professionals, who are not only aware of the multitude of problems that they face, but are knowledgeable of the necessary strategies to effectuate a comprehensive plan that utilizes all available resources and governmental services to meet their needs.

The attorneys at Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC have an understanding of the legal issues related to aging and are particularly sensitive to the needs of the elderly and disabled population.  Our professionals tailor strategies and plans to meet the individual needs of our clients.  We do not provide “boilerplate” services to our clientele, but address the unique needs of every case that we handle.

Our services include:

  • Health care, personal care, and estate planning and administration, including the formation of life estates and trusts
  • Preparation of wills, power of attorney, and advanced directives (commonly known as living wills)
  • Medicare, Medicaid, and long term care planning
  • Selection of nursing home and other long term care facilities
  • Planning for a well spouse when the other spouse requires long term care
  • Handling all facets of guardianship, conservatorship and commitment matters
  • Creating and preparing special needs trusts
  • Handling all aspects of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability (SSD), and Department of Veterans Affairs benefit applications, including appeals of benefit denials
  • Advocacy of individuals subject to elder abuse, age discrimination and employment discrimination

Michael A. D’Anton, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist, who has extensive experience in working with the disabled population since 1976, is leading this practice area.  As a consulting medical examiner with the State of New Jersey’s Division of Disability Determinations, Dr. D’Anton gained invaluable experience rating claims for Social Security Disability benefits.  Michael is a recognized expert on the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, and has served as a psychologist with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  He was cited for his advocacy and humanitarian work on behalf of disabled veterans by the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion.  He has served as Court appointed counsel for alleged mentally incapacitated litigants and is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.