About Dora


Since I began practicing Elder law in 1991, my work has been defined by a single idea: People who have spent their lives caring for others deserve to be cared for and nurtured themselves as they get older.

I’ve now spent nearly three decades working with the elderly and their families to help ensure they get that care.

As an elder care attorney, the Medicaid application is a significant part of my practice. My goal is to take the fear out of applying for Medicaid benefits. I can also assist in all stages of long-term planning, including Wills, powers of attorney, advance directives, estate administration, and guardianship. I also handle residential real estate closings.

  • Member: Elder Law and Family Law sections of the New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Admitted to practice law in NY and NJ

EXPERT GUIDANCE IN THE MEDICAID APPLICATION PROCESS


If I can impart just one thing to you about the process, it’s this: I can’t stress enough how important it is to get help with the Medicaid application. Like a house closing or courtroom representation, the complexity and stakes involved call for knowledgeable and professional guidance. (And, I would add, a great deal of patience and empathy.)

For many seniors and their families, the stress of filing a Medicaid application often happens when faced with other unplanned crises—from choosing a nursing home or organizing home care to trying to protect a spouse from the extraordinary cost of long term care. Though it’s never too late to plan—even after a loved one has entered a facility—panning early and getting help in carrying it out will ensure that the process goes smoothly and ensures the best results.

It’s been my experience that while many people plan for a rainy day, most have not planned for the expense of living a long, pleasurable life in the manner that best suits their needs.

our mission


I believe the elderly and disabled are entitled to the same dignity, respect and independence they have experienced throughout their lives. I aim to help my clients achieve these goals at every stage of life.

I have worked alongside families for nearly 30 years and have found that a holistic approach is best; each family situation is unique. Talking, listening and understanding their needs helps us work together to design a plan that ensures they get benefits they need and deserve in their senior years.

I am here to provide help and support; to offer considerable experience in ensuring all the details are attended to (paperwork and documentation; exchanges with medical, governmental and financial institutions); and larger issues (real estate, guardianship, asset protection) considered.

Our Mission - Respect               Our Mission - patience

Our Mission - caring               Our Mission - understanding

LONG-TERM CARE MYTHS ABOUND.
WANT TO DEMYSTIFY THE PROCESS?


Get started with this True/False quiz:


I can get long-term care (at home or in a facility) through Medicare.

TRUE OR FALSE

It’s better to apply to Medicaid too early than too late.

TRUE OR FALSE

Medicaid is for nursing home facilities only, not for in-home care.

TRUE OR FALSE

Both the infirm and at-home spouse need to give up all their savings before the infirm spouse can apply for Medicaid.

TRUE OR FALSE

I can be Medicaid eligible immediately if I sign over my bank accounts to my children.

TRUE OR FALSE

A nursing home that’s Medicaid-certified can require you to pay private payer rates until your personal savings are gone.

TRUE OR FALSE

Once you’re in a skilled nursing residence, it’s too late to apply for Medicaid.

TRUE OR FALSE

How did you score?


Count how many times you checked “False” to find out.


0-3. UH OH.

You’ve been “myth-informed.”

3-6. PRETTY GOOD!

Let’s get you to 100 percent.

7. YOU’VE GOT THIS.

Now let’s act on your knowledge.

Myths were made to be busted.

Knowledge is power!