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Crystal West Edwards Partner

Crystal West Edwards is Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the ABA-accredited National Elder Law Foundation and focuses her practice on elder law, special needs planning and advocacy, estate planning and estate administration. She assists seniors, individuals with special needs and their families with issues pertaining to complex estate and tax planning, asset preservation, eligibility for means-tested government benefits, fiduciary appointments and representation and advocacy. She also assists financial institutions and corporate fiduciaries with judicial and administrative accountings and counseling regarding initial or continued means-tested government benefits eligibility for its trust beneficiaries.

Ms. Edwards has given numerous presentations on a variety of topics statewide including Income Taxation of Elder and Disability Law Related Trusts, Estate Planning for Women, Border Patrol: a comparative approach to seeking Medicaid eligibility in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and Estate Planning for the Elder Law and Special Needs Practitioner. Also, she co-authored, the Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Individuals with Special Needs.

Her professional affiliations include her membership in the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the Elder and Disability Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.  She is the Immediate Past President of the New Jersey Chapter of NAELA.  Ms. Edwards is the President of the Garden State Bar Association (GSBA).  She also served as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Garden State Bar Association (GSBA) from 2009 to 2011, Secretary from 2011 to 2013, Treasurer from 2013 - 2014 and Vice-President from 2014-2015. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Nu Xi Omega Chapter. She is a former adjunct faculty member at Kean University (Union, New Jersey) and was honored in 2012 by the State of New Jersey with a Senate Resolution for "her meritorious history of professional leadership and exemplary dedication." In 2014, she received the 2014 Young Lawyer Award from the Garden State Bar Association for her “exceptional commitment to the GSBA, the Community & the Elder and Disability Law Bar.”

 

Areas of Concentration

Special needs planning and advocacy; planning for incapacity; contested and uncontested guardianships and conservatorships; Medicaid planning, applications, and appeals; Veteran benefits planning; representation of financial institutions, executors, trustees, guardians, and individuals; and will and trust reformations.


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