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Thomas D. Begley Jr., CELA

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A lifelong resident of Southern New Jersey, Tom earned both his undergraduate and law degrees at Georgetown University. In a career that spans over 58 years he has extensive experience in Elder Law, Medicaid Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Disability Law and Personal Injury Consulting. In addition, Tom is an accredited attorney for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for veteran’s benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Tom is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association, all relevant state, local affiliates and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He is past Chair of the Elder and Disability Law Section and the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Sections of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Tom is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and recipient of the NAELA President’s Award. He is past president and a founding member of the Special Needs Alliance, a national network of lawyers dedicated to serving families of persons with disabilities, recipient of the Alfred E. Clapp award, and the Marilyn Askin Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tom co-authored the Special Needs Trust Handbook; Representing the Elderly Client, and of Representing the Elderly or Disabled Client; Forms and Checklists with Commentary. He also authored How to Develop and Manage a Successful Trust and Estate/Elder Law Practice and is a member of the editorial board of Estate Planning Magazine.

Tom is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell® (which is only awarded to lawyers operating at the highest level of professional excellence and upholding the highest ethical standards) and is recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer®.

Outside the office Tom’s passion is his family, his 14 grandchildren and his Philadelphia Eagles.

Areas of Practice:
Elder Law/Medicaid Planning
Special Needs Trusts
Personal Injury Consulting
Estate & Tax Planning
Estate & Trust Administration

Bar Memberships:
New Jersey

Professional Associations:
New Jersey State Bar Association
Burlington County Bar Association
Special Needs Alliance
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

The Georgetown University Law School
Georgetown University, B.S.

Department of Veterans Affairs Accreditation

Super Lawyers 2010 Elder Law
AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
Certified Elder Law Attorney
Recipient of the NAELA President’s Award
Recipient of the Alfred E. Clapp Award
Marilyn Askin Lifetime Achievement Award

Appointments / Committees:
Founding Member of the Special Needs Alliance
Past Chair of the Elder Law Sections NJ State Bar Association
Elder and Disability Law Section: NJ State Bar Association
Past Chair of the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Sections NJ State Bar Association