Lawrence Friedman honored with NJICLE award

Lawrence Friedman was honored at the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s (NJICLE) Excellence in CLE Awards Ceremony on June 17, 2019. Larry was awarded NJICLE’s Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of his 25+ years giving continuing legal education program to other attorneys in the areas of elder law, special needs, disability, Medicaid, wills, […]

New Jersey Hospital Safety Grades Are Released for Spring 2019

Note:  This blog post is by our office manager, Nancy Hochenberger.  Thanks Nancy!  -MRF The Leapfrog Group recently released their Spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grades report for hospitals nationwide. Many New Jersey hospitals fared well, but others didn’t match up. Leapfrog, a national nonprofit group, represents some of the largest U.S. employers and purchasers of […]

Are Big Changes Coming to Retirement Plans and IRAs?

Since the enactment of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), major changes to the rules governing Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and 401(k) and other retirement plans have been relatively few and far between.  That may be changing soon.   First the Treasury Department announced in March 2019 that employers could offer to […]

Special Needs Trust Distributions, Credit Cards, Debit Cards & True Link Cards

A special needs trust (sometimes called supplemental needs trust, SNT, supplemental benefits trust, or SBT) is a great way to make funds available to benefit a person with disabilities without disqualifying a disabled person for government benefits. However, a special needs trust will disqualify a disabled person for government programs unless the trust is drafted […]

Required Minimum Distributions from IRA, 401(k), 403(b), Profit Sharing & Other Retirement Plans

IRAs and employer sponsored saving or retirement plans (“Plans”) are a great way to save for retirement.  Typically, they defer income tax for many years and Plans often include employer contributions and other benefits.  While IRAs and Plans can be corner stones of a successful retirement, they are subject to complex required minimum distribution (“RMD”) […]

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Homepage photo: Cows grazing at Meadowbrook Farm, Bernardsville, NJ by Siddharth Mallya. October 23, 2012.
Interior photo: Somerset hills pastoral scene by Lawrence Friedman.