Elder Law in New Jersey: Finding Solutions for Legal Problems

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In New Jersey, one in five residents is over the age of 65. The Garden State’s legal and healthcare systems are becoming increasingly complex, making it more difficult than ever for seniors to understand their rights and take advantage of available assistance and services.

Elder Law in New Jersey provides important, practical information to New Jersey residents, especially older adults who have become entangled in an incomprehensible web of healthcare and social security bureaucracies, younger adults who are caregivers to elderly parents, and middle-class citizens who fear the debilitating physical and financial effects of chronic illness. 

The legal problems most often encountered by seniors can involve frustrating losses of control over nearly all aspects of their lives. Attorney Alice Dueker, who specializes in elder law, explains complex legal issues in easily understood language. She looks at: 

· various ways to obtain and pay for healthcare, including nursing home care

· how to create a will

· how to address and avoid internal family disputes, including child custody, marriage, divorce, grandparent visitation rights, and elder abuse

· employment issues such as age and disability discrimination, as well as pensions

· problems of consumer fraud

· housing issues for both tenants and homeowners

She provides contact information for agencies and programs that provide free or low cost services for seniors, and resources for locating attorneys.

Elder law is state specific, so New Jersey residents will find this book especially helpful and applicable to their own lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813527369
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Sect. I Benefits 7
Ch. 1 Social Security 9
Ch. 2 Medicare and Medicaid 14
Ch. 3 Health and Medical Programs in New Jersey 28
Sect. II Health Care 35
Ch. 4 Health Care, Health Insurance, and HMOs 37
Ch. 5 Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care 43
Sect. III Personal Decision Making 59
Ch. 6 Wills 61
Ch. 7 Powers of Attorney and Alternative Financial Arrangements 77
Ch. 8 Advance Directives 86
Ch. 9 Guardianship and Conservatorship 95
Sect. IV Family Concerns 97
Ch. 10 Grandparent Visitation and Custody 99
Ch. 11 Divorce and Remarriage 103
Ch. 12 Abuse of the Elderly 109
Sect. V Employment, Discrimination, and Pensions 115
Ch. 13 Employment and Discrimination 117
Ch. 14 Pensions 124
Sect. VI Consumer Issues and Fraud 129
Ch. 15 Home Repair Contracts and the Consumer Fraud Act 131
Ch. 16 Consumer Purchases and Common Consumer Fraud Schemes 138
Sect. VII Housing: Finding It, Keeping It, and Maintaining It 145
Ch. 17 Home Ownership 147
Ch. 18 Tenant Issues 154
Ch. 19 Alternative Housing Arrangements 165
App. A County Offices on Aging 173
App. B Finding Legal Help 178
App. C Social Security Administration Offices
App. D County Surrogate Offices 193
App. E Victim Assistance 197
App. F. Glossary 200
Index 207
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