How to Maximize the Appraisal Value of Your Home

Increasing the appraisal value of your home can help you sell it for top dollar. The appraised value may not be in line with what you actually paid for the home because the appraiser’s job is to determine what the house would be worth based on the market as it stands today. You can make certain changes to maximize the appraisal value of your home, which can be helpful whether you are selling or trying to Read More

An Overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced and updated the No Child Left Behind Act in December 2015. It allowed state education programs more leeway in developing their curriculum and rolled back various items related to testing, teacher qualities, and requirements for lower performing schools. It also had an effect on students with special needs that parents should be familiar with. Significant Changes under Read More

5 Tips for Traveling with a Special Needs Child

Summer is officially upon us! And that means family vacations and fun in the sun. Traveling with any child can be a challenge, but special needs children sometimes present unique difficulties when it comes to vacationing or visiting relatives. However, you should not let your fear of dealing with your child’s needs on the road deter your vacation plans. Your child should get out and experience the world just as much Read More

4 Things Every Purchase Offer Agreement Should Include

Making an offer on a house can be an exciting, yet scary time for any soon-to-be homeowner. One of the most confusing aspects of purchasing a home is going through all of the contracts and paperwork necessary for the transaction. The purchase offer agreement is one such document that should give you pause. In addition to obvious terms, such as the purchase price and amount of down payment, every real estate Read More

Before You Go Solar, These Are the Essential Solutions That Need Answers

Solar energy is probably one of the most popular questions we are asked about in real estate. It's a great way to save money, and help the environment. Often, however, we still are unsure how it exactly works to help our clients. We recently spoke to Jerry Donovan of Direct Energy Solar, https://www.directenergysolar.com. Jerry was kind to field some frequently asked questions. We highly recommend taking a look Read More

5 Essential Components of an Individualized Education Program (IEP)

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is required for special education services. This legal document sets out your child’s learning needs and outlines the services the school will provide to address those needs. It will also describe how progress will be measured as well. It is a highly important document as it will set the stage for how your child will succeed in school. Several people, including general Read More

Colleen Clark Published in The County Woman Magazine

Attorney Colleen Clark had an article published in the May/June 2017 issue of The County Woman titled "Do I Need a Special Education Attorney." Click here to read the article. Read More

Estate Planning 101: Understanding Powers of Attorney

A power of attorney, sometimes referred to as a “POA,” is a written document that provides someone else with certain rights that you would normally hold. The principal, the person granting the power, authorizes another person, the attorney-in-fact, to act on their behalf. The relationship between the two is based on theories of agency, which means that one person serves as the agent of the other. In New Jersey, Read More

Guest Blog: Will My Disabled Child Qualify for Social Security Benefits?

Very often, we come across people who need help with Social Security benefits. It is upsetting to hear their struggles and frustrations with the system. So, when we come across a professional who has the experience and know-how to navigate through the maze of the government, we have to sit up and take notice. That professional is Kathleen Dotoli, Esq. Kathy is truly a dedicated attorney who has mastered her craft. Read More

Estate Planning Options for Families with a Special Needs Child

Families that have special needs children require special estate plans as well. Your estate plan should address issues related to ensuring that your child is fully taken care of while also maintaining eligibility for certain government programs and benefits such as Social Security and Medicaid. Having enough funds available can be a major concern, as well as issues dealing with treating other children fairly or Read More