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  • Oct 08, 2021Free Seminar: Settling Estates in a Digital World- Protecting Your Assets from Cyber Risk

    Judith A. Harris, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A. and Co-Chair of the firm’s Estate, Trust, and Tax Law Practice Group, together with Hon. Rebecca L. Warren, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will speak at the “Settling Estates in a Digital World- Protecting Your Assets from Cyber Risk” seminar. The event is sponsored by the Carbon County Chamber & Economic Development and Mauch Chunk Trust Company.

    Settling Estates in a Digital World- Protecting Your Assets from Cyber Risk

    When: Tuesday, October 19, 2021

    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    Location: The Hofford Mill, 500 Bridge Street, Weissport, PA 18235

    About Judith Harris

    Harris has over 30 years of experience in the areas of taxation, wills and trusts, estate administration, business matters, and tax-exempt entities. She works with clients to structure the optimal transfer of a client’s wealth and business interests to younger generations with minimal tax consequences.

    Harris is President of the Board of Trustees for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, a board member since 1993 and former officer of the Allentown Symphony Association, and a board member of the Lehigh County Agricultural Society. She is a board member and past President of the Fund to Benefit Children & Youth, Inc., and a former board member and Executive Committee member of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Harris is past President of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley and served for ten years on the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority board of governors. From 1993 to 2000, she was an adjunct instructor of “Wills, Trusts, and Estates” at Penn State University’s Lehigh Valley Campus.

    Harris earned her LL.M in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law in 1991; J.D. from American University in 1986; A.B., cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College in 1983; and a Diploma from the Pushkin Institute, Moscow, USSR, in 1982.

    About Rebecca Warren

    Rebecca devotes her practice to labor and employment, cybersecurity, business and corporate matters, and litigation. As a former in-house corporate attorney, and having counseled businesses for over 25 years, she is keenly aware of the unique and varied legal needs of business clients, especially in today’s climate. Rebecca is well-versed in providing legal strategy and guidance regarding daily business issues, as well as for challenges ranging from employment matters to third party disputes to pandemic-related impacts.

    As a former elected official and prosecutor, Rebecca is well-positioned to sagely counsel clients in crisis management, internal and governmental investigations, charges and indictments, and regulatory and business compliance. She has also pursued certification in cybersecurity to more astutely advise businesses in creating a culture of cyber awareness and data protection, assisting clients in the midst of a cyberattack, determining breach notifications required by law, and guiding recovery post-attack.

    Rebecca also handles all aspects of litigation for her clients, having appeared in court for over 30 years for hearings, non-jury trials, jury trials, mediations, arbitrations, appeals, and other legal proceedings. She was formerly solicitor for various non-profit organizations and government agencies and had regularly served as a county arbitration panel member and arbitration chairperson. Rebecca has represented prominent clients in high-stakes and multi-million-dollar cases at the county, state, and federal levels.

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  • Oct 07, 2021The What, Why & How of Estate Planning

    Shauna M. Deans, an Associate of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and a member of the firm’s Estate Planning & Administration Practice Group, will present in “The What, Why & How of Estate Planning” event. The panel will be held by the Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Committee of the National Council of Negro Women (“NCNW”) – Rahway section, as part of their Financial Literacy Workshop Series.

    The What, Why & How of Estate Planning

    Hosted by the National Council of Negro Women (“NCNW”) – Rahway Section, this event is designed to help participants gain a basic understanding of estate planning, how it can affect lives and how to prepare for the process legally and financially when the time comes. Presented by local legal, insurance, and accounting professionals.

    During this panel, our attorney Shauna Deans will discuss how estate planning fits into financial literacy.

    When: Saturday, October 16, 2021

    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    The event will be held in-person and online via Zoom.

    In-person: Gateway Family YMCA Rahway, 1564 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ (2nd Floor)

    Via Zoom: Meeting ID: 890 8344 7607 / Passcode: 290309

    About Shauna Deans

    Shauna Deans, a member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, focuses her practice on estate planning and administration, including inheritance and gift taxation. She counsels beneficiaries and fiduciaries of estates and trusts on marshaling assets, issues regarding basis, and maximizing tax savings. Deans is also certified by the State of New Jersey as a civil mediator and has assisted parties in the settlement of special civil, small claims, and landlord/tenant matters on behalf of the Court. Deans received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law in 2010, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Spelman College in 2007.

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  • Oct 07, 2021Medicaid vs. Medicare – What are the Differences, and When Am I Eligible?

    Shana Siegel, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Elder Care and Special Needs Law Practice Group, and Lori Kayne, the firm’s Geriatric Social Worker, will present “Medicaid vs. Medicare – What are the Differences, and When Am I Eligible?” virtually on Thursday, October 21, 2021, in partnership with Artis Senior Living of Princeton Junction.

    Medicaid vs. Medicare

    Medicare vs. Medicaid – What’s are the Differences and When Am I Eligible?” provides a comprehensive breakdown on approaching the various issues that arise as one reaches retirement age and begins thinking about paying for medical care in the future. Learn the difference between the two health coverages, the eligibility requirements for each, and what to do if your loved one has significant health issues that have you concerned about paying for quality care without spending all your assets.

    Discussion questions include:

    • What are Medicare A, B, and D, and what does each pay for medical care?
    • Should I choose traditional Medicare or an Advantage plan?
    • What is Medicaid, and what does it pay for medical care?
    • What is the Medicaid application process like?
    • How can a healthy spouse be protected from the cost of care?

    When: Thursday, October 21, 2021

    10:00 a.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    About Shana Siegel

    Shana concentrates her practice in the area of elder law, focusing on representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families in connection with life care planning, public benefits, trust and estate planning, and long-term care advocacy. As one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), Shana has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision-making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.

    Shana has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years. She is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where she regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the elder law bar and their clients. In 2015, Shana was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP). Additionally, Shana is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the New Jersey State Bar Elder & Disability Law Section, and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association. She is active with the Long Term Living Association, several local chambers of commerce, and Jewish philanthropies.

    About Lori Kayne

    Lori has been working as a Geriatric Social Worker in the healthcare field for over 20 years. At Norris McLaughlin she works in collaboration with an Elder Care Attorney to develop a detailed Life Care Plan that addresses the health, safety and care concerns of her clients as they impact their legal and financial planning. She and the attorney work with clients and their families for an extended period helping them navigate the healthcare maze and plan proactively.

    Prior to joining the firm, Lori was a Geriatric Social Worker at WanderPolo & Siegel law firm. She also worked as a Geriatric Care Manager for Generations Counseling and Care Management and Senior Bridge where she conducted geriatric assessments, developed plans of care and provided supportive counseling to assist clients with adjustments to illness and changes in lifestyle. Prior to that she worked as a Discharge Planner in a variety of hospital and nursing home settings.

    Posted in: Elder Care & Special Needs Law, Estate Planning & Administration, Events, Lori Kayne, Shana Siegel | Tags: , , ,

  • Sep 09, 2021Raymond G. Lahoud to Speak on Temporary Protection Status at 6th Annual NJRC Immigration Conference: Beyond the Border

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will be a panelist at the 6th Annual Immigration Conference: Beyond the Border, hosted by the NJ Reentry Corporation (“NJRC”). Lahoud and co-panelist Edward Shulman will discuss temporary protection status from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. All are welcome to attend the live event via Facebook.

    As Chair of the Immigration Practice Group, Lahoud oversees a leading team of immigration attorneys, immigration review compliance experts, employer immigration auditors, and paralegals and legal assistants with extensive and continuing immigration law training and significant practice experience.

    About the 6th Annual NJRC Immigration Conference: Beyond the Border

    New Jersey Reentry Corporation is a nonprofit agency with a social mission to remove all barriers to employment for court involved individuals. In this program, participants receive individualized assessments and treatment plans that first address essential needs, such as housing, treatment, mental health care, medical care, and access to health. Governor Jim McGreevey, who will be monitoring this year’s event, started NJRC and has been the Chairman of the Board since October 2014.

    The 6th Annual NJRC Immigration Conference: Beyond the Border begins at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 15 with a welcome from Governor Jim McGreevey, a prayer by Reverend Bolivar Flores and a keynote address from Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes. At 11:15 a.m., McGreevey will begin moderating a panel of national and state experts on the following topics:

    Green Card Renewal with a Criminal Record
    Temporary Protection Status
    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”)
    Family Separations
    Asylum and Refuge
    Immigration and Custom Enforcement

    The event includes a Q&A from participants from 3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. and a closing benediction by Reverend Raul Ruiz.

    The Beyond the Border conference will be live streamed on Facebook from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET. Registration is not required and attendance is free.

    Click here to watch!

    About Raymond G. Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign.

    Lahoud’s compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Additionally, his immigration litigation practice includes deportation defense of thousands of individuals at the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal district and circuit courts. In state and federal trial and appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the removal proceedings and serves as immigration counsel to non-citizens accused of removable crimes. Lahoud’s ability to understand each interaction of criminal law with immigration law has made him a leading expert on issues of “crimmigration.”

    Lahoud has received numerous accolades. He has been awarded the “Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award” each year since 2012, has been selected as “Lead Counsel,” received the Martindale-Hubbell “Platinum Client Champion Award,” and has been included in New York Super Lawyers “Rising Stars.” EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally. He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community. Lahoud received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009 and his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University in 2006.

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  • Aug 13, 2021Inside PTAB: An Educational Webinar

    Kurt G. Briscoe, a Member of the law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was selected as one of the presenters to give ex parte oral arguments in an appeal he is currently prosecuting for an appeal advocacy program. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), an administrative tribunal within the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will present a recording of Kurt’s argument for its free “Inside PTAB: An Educational Webinar” program.

    About the PTAB Webinar

    “Inside PTAB” is an educational webinar designed to give students and intellectual property practitioners a glimpse into the workings of the PTAB. Participants will have the opportunity to view the ex parte appeal proceeding and an AIA trial proceeding. Other discussion topics include an overview of the Board and effective written and oral advocacy before the PTAB. Chief Judge Scott Boalick will deliver introductory remarks, while Vice Chief Judge Janet Gongola will deliver closing remarks.

    When: Thursday, August 26, 2021

    11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    About Kurt Briscoe

    Kurt devotes his practice to patent, trademark, and other intellectual property matters. He has over 25 years of experience in intellectual property law, including five years, from 1983 to 1988, as an examiner in the USPTO. Most of Kurt’s practice, including his experience as a patent examiner, has been in the field of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

    Kurt regularly represents domestic and international companies in connection with the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications. Additionally, he regularly negotiates licensing and nondisclosure agreements for these clients. Kurt provides experienced worldwide IP portfolio management, including strategic, freedom-to-operate, invalidity, and infringement opinions. He also performs due diligence for clients prior to their acquisition of patents and trademarks to reveal any patent validity or enforceability problems, or patent prosecution events that impact patent claim scope.

    In addition to the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries, Kurt has extensive experience in the chemical, medical and dental device, and adhesive technology industries. He is also experienced in trade secret law. Kurt assists clients in drafting and reviewing legal agreements related to unpatented products, inventions, processes, and other forms of proprietary information.

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  • Jul 28, 2021Medical Decision Making in 2020 and Beyond

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present the free webinar, “Medical Decision Making in 2020 and Beyond,” hosted by Brighton Gardens of Mountainside, a community of Sunrise Senior Living. Shana Siegel, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, and Lori Kayne, the firm’s Geriatric Social Worker, will discuss some best practices for case managers and social workers. Connie Pizarro, Certified Senior Advisor at Oasis Senior Advisors, will join as moderator, along with Maureen Cassidy, Director of Sales at Sunrise Senior Living.

    Medical Decision Making for Senior Living

    This webinar will address:

    • Principles of medical ethics
    • The impact of COVID-19 on medical decision making
    • Federal and New Jersey laws in relation to medical ethics
    • A case manager and social worker’s role in patient advocacy
    • Mechanisms for autonomy

    When: Thursday, August 19, 2021

    5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    This program is worth 2 CEU Credits for Case Managers and Social Workers.

    About Shana Siegel

    Shana concentrates her practice in the area of elder law, focusing on representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families in connection with life care planning, public benefits, trust and estate planning, and long-term care advocacy. As one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), Shana has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision-making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.

    Shana has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years. She is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where she regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the elder law bar and their clients. In 2015, Shana was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP). Additionally, Shana is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the New Jersey State Bar Elder & Disability Law Section, and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association. She is active with the Long Term Living Association, several local chambers of commerce, and Jewish philanthropies.

    About Lori Kayne

    Lori has been working as a Geriatric Social Worker in the healthcare field for over 20 years. At Norris McLaughlin, she works in collaboration with an Elder Care Attorney to develop a detailed Life Care Plan that addresses the health, safety, and care concerns of her clients as they impact their legal and financial planning. She and the attorney work with clients and their families for an extended period helping them navigate the healthcare maze and plan proactively.

    Prior to joining the firm, Lori was a Geriatric Social Worker at WanderPolo & Siegel law firm. She also worked as a Geriatric Care Manager for Generations Counseling and Care Management and Senior Bridge where she conducted geriatric assessments, developed plans of care, and provided supportive counseling to assist clients with adjustments to illness and changes in lifestyle. Prior to that, she worked as a Discharge Planner in a variety of hospital and nursing home settings.

    Posted in: Elder Care & Special Needs Law, Events, Lori Kayne, Shana Siegel | Tags: , ,

  • Jul 20, 2021Advanced Mediation Training: Business Litigation

    Risa M. Chalfin, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be a panelist for “Business Litigation,” a live stream session for the Middlesex County Bar Association’s “Advanced Mediation Training” program.

    Advanced Mediation Training

    Panelists will speak on the good, the bad, and the ugly of mediation, including the seriousness of the mediation process and the need to apply high ethical standards. As the second session of a two-part program, “Construction Litigation” was presented on Tuesday, July 20.

    When: Thursday, July 22, 2o21

    4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    2.4 CLE credits, including 1 credit towards ethics/professionalism, may be earned. Attending both sessions also fulfills the annual advanced mediation training requirement for civil mediators.

    • One Session
      • MCBA Members $30
      • All Others $60
    • Both Sessions
      • MCBA Members $50
      • All Others $100

    About Risa Chalfin

    Risa Chalfin is a trial attorney, focusing her practice on complex commercial litigation matters. She handles all aspects of litigation from inception through appeal before state, Chancery, and federal courts.

    Based on her depth of experience, Risa is a trusted advocate for her clients. She has extensive experience in matters arising from partnership and shareholder disputes, including breaches of fiduciary duties, real estate litigation, motor vehicle franchise disputes, restrictive covenant disputes, contractual claims, construction defects, probate litigation, and guardianships.

    Risa has extensive experience as a trial lawyer. Her approach to litigation and conflict resolution is informed by her experience and her ability to guide clients to the most efficient way to resolve disputes. Risa regularly works with clients on matters from the initial pleading stage of litigation through resolution. She has broad experience with the New Jersey Appellate Division, handling cases from briefing through argument.

    In addition, Risa often speaks for CLE seminars sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association, Middlesex County Bar Association, and Trial Attorneys of New Jersey. She has been selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Rising Stars list, published by Super Lawyers® and issued by Thompson Reuters, each year since 2015. A description of the selection methodology can be found at superlawyers.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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  • Jun 28, 2021Medical Decision Making in 2020 and Beyond

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present the free webinar, “Medical Decision Making in 2020 and Beyond,” hosted by Spring Hills at Matawan. Shana Siegel, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, and Lori Kayne, the firm’s Geriatric Social Worker, will discuss some best practices for case managers and social workers. Connie Pizarro, Certified Senior Advisor at Oasis Senior Advisors, will join as moderator.

    Medical Decision Making

    This webinar will address:

    • Principles of medical ethics
    • The impact of COVID-19 on medical decision making
    • Federal and New Jersey laws in relation to medical ethics
    • A case manager and social worker’s role in patient advocacy
    • Mechanisms for autonomy

    When: Thursday, July 15, 2021

    5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    This program is worth 2 CEU Credits for Case Managers and Social Workers. If you cannot attend on July 15, the program will also be held on August 19, 2021.

    About Shana Siegel

    Shana concentrates her practice in the area of elder law, focusing on representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families in connection with life care planning, public benefits, trust and estate planning, and long-term care advocacy. As one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), Shana has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision-making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.

    Shana has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years. She is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where she regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the elder law bar and their clients. In 2015, Shana was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP). Additionally, Shana is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the New Jersey State Bar Elder & Disability Law Section, and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association. She is active with the Long Term Living Association, several local chambers of commerce, and Jewish philanthropies.

    About Lori Kayne

    Lori has been working as a Geriatric Social Worker in the healthcare field for over 20 years. At Norris McLaughlin, she works in collaboration with an Elder Care Attorney to develop a detailed Life Care Plan that addresses the health, safety, and care concerns of her clients as they impact their legal and financial planning. She and the attorney work with clients and their families for an extended period helping them navigate the healthcare maze and plan proactively.

    Prior to joining the firm, Lori was a Geriatric Social Worker at WanderPolo & Siegel law firm. She also worked as a Geriatric Care Manager for Generations Counseling and Care Management and Senior Bridge where she conducted geriatric assessments, developed plans of care, and provided supportive counseling to assist clients with adjustments to illness and changes in lifestyle. Prior to that, she worked as a Discharge Planner in a variety of hospital and nursing home settings.

    Posted in: Elder Care & Special Needs Law, Events, Lori Kayne, Shana Siegel | Tags: , ,

  • Jun 10, 2021U.S. Immigration Basics In the Biden/Harris Era and Beyond: “Crimigration”

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will present the “Crimigration” session as part of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) annual “U.S. Immigration Basics In the Biden/Harris Era and Beyond” program, presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Immigration Law Section and Special Committee on International Law and Organizations.

    Immigration Basics In the Biden/Harris Era

    Hosted by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, this program is designed for those who want an immigration update or refresher and for those who wish to have a basic understanding of immigration practice and procedure. New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania CLE credits are available, including for ethics as well as diversity and inclusion.

    During the “Crimigration” presentation, Ray will address:

    • Different Immigration Consequences (Inadmissible v. Removable)
    • Convictions
    • Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude
    • Controlled Substance Convictions/Violations
    • Aggravated Felonies
    • Criminal Representation with Immigration Consequences

    When: Wednesday, June 23, 2021

    • Full-Day Webcast: 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    • Ray Lahoud’s Presentation: 11:20 – 11:40 a.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    • NJSBA Member Rate: $159
    • NJSBA Section Member Rate: $159
    • General Tuition: $199

    About Ray Lahoud

    Ray focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. While his immigration practice is global in reach, with service to individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices: New York, New York; Bridgewater, New Jersey; and Allentown, Pennsylvania.

    Ray’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. His experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.

    Ray’s immigration litigation practice includes deportation defense of thousands of individuals, at the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal district and circuit courts. In state and federal trial and appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the removal proceedings and serves as immigration counsel to non-citizens accused of removable crimes. Ray’s ability to understand each interaction of criminal law with immigration law has provided him extensive knowledge on issues of “crimmigration” before state and federal courts reviewing post-conviction relief claims.

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  • Jun 07, 2021Trust Disputes: Current Trends and Hot Issues

    James J. Costello, Jr., a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Estate, Trust, and Tax Law Practice Group, and Nicholas J. Dimakos, also a Member of the firm, will present the webinar, “Trust Disputes: Current Trends and Hot Issues,” hosted by the National Business Institute (NBI).

    Current Trends and Hot Issues in Trust Disputes

    Designed for attorneys, accountants, fiduciaries, and paralegals, this webinar will address:

    • Mechanisms to support or refute the validity of a trust
    • Case laws shaping trust litigation practice
    • The most common accounting and distribution issues
    • Resolving trust problems out-of-state
    • Tax trust liability

    When: Wednesday, June 23, 2021

    1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    This program costs $229 and is worth 1.5 CPE credits for accountants. CLE credits vary by state.

    About Jim Costello

    Jim focuses his practice on estate planning and administration, litigation and disputes among beneficiaries, general federal and state tax law and controversies, and the formation, dissolution, purchase, sale, and mergers of all types of closely-held business entities. He represents individuals in all aspects of general and sophisticated estate planning, including drafting wills, lifetime and testamentary trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives, prenuptial and cohabitation agreements, employing sophisticated strategies when warranted matters including family limited liability companies (“LLCs”), sales to intentionally defective grantor trusts, spousal lifetime access trusts (“SLATS”), dynasty trusts, and charitable trusts.

    Jim’s representation of fiduciaries includes all aspects of estate and trust administration, including preparation and filing of federal and state estate and income tax returns, representation in IRS and New Jersey Division of Taxation audits, litigation and disputes among beneficiaries, preparation and filing of federal and state estate and inheritance tax returns, and defending those returns on audit.

    About Nick Dimakos

    Nick focuses on trust and estate litigation, representing both beneficiaries and fiduciaries in contested matters. His practice encompasses a broad range of disputes, including will contests and challenges to account beneficiary designations; accounting actions involving estates, trusts, and powers of attorney; contested administrations involving challenges to and the defense of the actions of executors and trustees; trust terminations and modifications; and guardianship actions.

    Nick regularly appears before probate courts throughout northern and central New Jersey, including Bergen, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union, and Warren Counties. He is also frequently appointed to serve as counsel to alleged incapacitated individuals, and he volunteers as a mediator for the Probate Early Settlement Programs in Somerset and Middlesex Counties. Nick’s experience helps him to advise clients in formulating a strategy tailored to their case and to maintain a comprehensive and even-keeled perspective when guiding clients through the emotionally fraught issues that often arise when the opposing parties are members of the same family.

    Both Jim and Nick write about probate litigation and guardianships on the firm’s New Jersey beneficiary rights law blog, Guardians of Your Will.

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