Shana Siegel, Chair of the Norris McLaughlin Elder Care and Special Needs Law Practice Group, along with Lori Kayne, the firm’s Geriatric Social Worker, will present “Solo Seniors: Who Are They? How and Why Are Their Legal Needs Different?” on Thursday, May 14, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m., for the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) 2020 Annual Meeting.
“We’re honored that we have been invited to talk about this important subject which we are so passionate about and is critical for all attorneys to be made aware of, especially during these unprecedented times,” said Siegel.
Kayne added, “We are dedicated to advocating for those who cannot speak for themselves to make sure their wishes are honored and that they are protected from exploitation. We are truly appreciative of the NJSBA to allow us this opportunity to educate others who can also be advocates for this vulnerable group.”
Hosted by the NJSBA Elder and Disability Law Section, this program will address the topic of solo seniors, including the demographic and societal changes leading to the rise in seniors aging independently, their special estate planning needs, and the ethical and practical issues of representing them, especially when there is no appointed fiduciary.
The multi-day event, May 13-15, being held virtually this year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, will feature speakers and presenters including members of New Jersey’s federal and state, appellate, and local courts. The NJSBA serves, protects, and promotes the personal and professional interests of its members, serving as the voice of New Jersey attorneys. It fosters professionalism and pride in the profession and the NJSBA, as well as provides educational opportunities to New Jersey attorneys to enhance the quality of legal services and the practice of law. For more information and to register, visit njsba.com.
Siegel 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), she 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.
Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Siegel was with WanderPolo & Siegel for over 10 years, five of which were as principal. She has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years. Siegel 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, she was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP).
Siegel is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the State Bar Elder Law Section, the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, and the Bergen and Essex County Bar Associations. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University, with honors, in 1994 and her B.A. from Barnard College, with honors, in 1989.
Kayne has worked in the healthcare field for over 20 years. In collaboration with a client’s attorneys, she conducts Geriatric Assessments and develops detailed Life Care Plans to address any care, legal, or financial issues the client may have.
Prior to joining the firm, Kayne was an Elder Care Coordinator at WanderPolo & Siegel. Kayne earned her M.S.S. from Bryn Mawr College in 1983, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Bucknell University. She holds a Certificate in Elder Care from Stockton University and a Certificate of Gerontology from Rutgers University.