• Meredith L. Grocott co-chairs the Estate & Trust Litigation Practice Group and is a member of the Elder and Special Needs Law Practice Group. Meredith is also a member of Schenck Price's Management Committee. She joined Schenck Price over 20 years ago after serving a year-long judicial clerkship with the Honorable Victor Ashrafi of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

    Meredith brings vast litigation experience to her practice group and devotes a substantial part of her practice to trust and estate litigation and guardianship litigation, trust terminations, as well as other elder and disability law matters. She also has years of experience handling both special medical guardianships and plenary guardianships in the hospital setting.

    Meredith’s commitment to issues of trust and estates, as well as the elderly, is underscored by her high-level involvement and memberships in like-minded organizations such as the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and  Alzheimer’s New Jersey, of which she is a member of the Board of Directors. She has also been a co-chair of the Morris County Bar Association’s Trusts, Estates and Elder Law Committee for several years.

    In addition, Meredith is a frequent lecturer, including for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE), on issues such as guardianships, estate and trust litigation, and elder law. She has also lectured on informed consent and other medical malpractice issues to healthcare providers and elder law issues to caregivers.

    • Selected to the 2018 New Jersey Super Lawyers® * list, featured in New Jersey Monthly magazine, in the field of Trust and Estate Litigation
    • Repeatedly selected to the New Jersey Rising Stars® * list, featured in New Jersey Monthly magazine, in the field of Trust and Estate Litigation   
    • Recipient, 2012 NJSBA Distinguished Legislative Service Award
    • Annual Review of Banking Law editor while in law school
    • Speaker, "Financial Elder Abuse and Fraud - Strengthening Financial Security for Seniors," Morris County Bar Association webinar, July 1, 2020
    • Co-moderator, "COVID-19 and Managing Guardianship Cases," National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), June 30, 2020
    • Speaker, Morris County Bar Association Town Hall: Morris County Surrogate, May 26, 2020
    • Author, "Guardianships During the Covid-19 Crisis"
    • Author, "Remote Notarial Services Permitted During the Health Crisis"
    • Moderator — "Judicial Perspectives on Probate Law", MCBA, 11/26/18
    • Presenter at 17th Annual Elder and Disability Law Symposium, "Voluntary and Involuntary Surrogate Decision Making: Guardianships, Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives," 10/22/18
    • Moderator — Judicial Perspectives, MCBA, Trust Estate & Elder Law, October 17, 2017
    • Author, Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act Passes in NJ, September 14, 2017
    • Presenter- "Planning for your Care in Advanced Age," 2/2/17 (w/RMS at BNYMellon)
    • Presenter at Oncology Nursing Education Symposium on Elder Law, 9/20/16
    • Presenter to Community Health Law Project on Guardianships, 6/18/15
    • Co-Presenter at 17th Annual Elder and Disability Law Symposium, "Voluntary and Involuntary Surrogate Decision Making: Guardianships, Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives," 9/17/14
    • Panelist, "Trust and Estate Guideposts", MCBA- 6/17/14 "Planning to Avoid Guardianship"
    • Panelist, "Guardianship Issues: Implications for Professionals Working with Individuals with Dementia"-Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter, Education and Research Conference- 4/25/14
    • Interstate Guardianship: Understanding New Jersey's New Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act- Co-presenter- GANJI- 12/12
    • "Contesting Gifts and Wills on Lack of Capacity, Undue Influence and Similar Grounds" — Co-presenter- ICLE-12/12
    • "Update on Probate Law"- Morris County Bar Association Bench/Bar Conference, Chancery Division, General Equity breakout session- 10/12
    • Legal and Financial Considerations in Dementia Care- Greater NJ Chapter of Alzheimer's Association- 5/11
    • "Developments in Probate Litigation"- Morris County Bar Association Bench/Bar Conference, Chancery Division, General Equity breakout session.- 10/10
    • Trust & Estate Issues for Family Law Attorneys — Morris County Bar Association Family Law Committee- 4/2010
    • 2010 Education and Research Conference for the Greater New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association ­workshop session on guardianships with Jane E. Gildersleeve-Janoff, Executive Director of the Guardianship Association of New Jersey, Inc. — 4/10
    • Privacy Considerations in Probate — Morris County Bar Association Trust & Estates Committee Seminar-10/09
    • Legal and Financial Consideration in Caregiving- presented for the Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter- 2/09
    • Basics to Surrogate Decision-Making and a Medicaid Primer- presented to staff at the Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter- 9/08
    • Issues Related to Approving & Reforming Special Needs Trusts- Morris County Bar Association Trust & Estates Committee Seminar- 10/07
    • Reforming and Modifying Trusts- 10th Annual Elder & Disability Law Symposium- 7/07
    • Legal and Financial Consideration in Caregiving- presented for the Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter- 10/06
    • Fiduciary Litigation under the New Revised Probate Code of NJ - 2006 Elder Law Retreat
    • Guardianship Case Study- Guardianship Association of New Jersey, Inc. Annual Conference- 10/05
    • Negotiating and Settling Medicaid and Other Public Benefit Liens and Claims for Recovery- 8th Annual Elder & Disability Law Symposium- 7/05
    • Legal Issues for Healthcare Executives- Drew University Program- 3/04
    • Guardianship Training for Lawyers- ICLE course- 2/04
    • Lectured on issues regarding informed consent and guardianships to medical residents, physicians and nurses
    • Lectured on informed consent and other medical malpractice issues to healthcare providers
    • Lectured on elder law issues to caregivers
    • Lectured on probate issue at various Morris County Bar Association seminars

     

    • Member, Board of Directors, Alzheimer’s New Jersey
    • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Member, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
    • Member, New Jersey Bar Association—Elder & Disability Law Section
    • Co-Chair, Morris County Bar Association—Trusts, Estates Elder Law Committee
    • Represents various financial institutions and individuals in their fiduciary capacities as executor or trustee regarding a variety of matters
    • Represents litigants both in prosecuting and defending will contests and trust litigation
    • Represents various individuals seeking to be appointed as guardian for an elderly incapacitated individual or an individual with developmental disabilities 
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