LeTip of Denville meeting October 8, 2015

We had our regular Thursday morning meeting at St. Francis Residential Community in Denville

In attendance:
Rudy Riveron (ReMax Realty) – Chapter President
Kevin Dulio (Native Fields Landscaping) – Vice-President
Scott Goldstein (Law office of Scott Goldstein) – Membership Chair
Joe Troy  (Ameriprise) – Tip Master
Fred Ayers (Ayers Chevrolet)
Bill Shuler (Henry O’Baker)
Jeff Jones (AmeriSource)
Marianne Jones (Millenium)
John Tully (dsm-llc)
Denise Nicudemis (Liberty Mutual)
Joe Nugent (Prudential)
Gerson Contreras (Union County Contractors)
Daren Clancy (Fit 2 Go)
Mike McCurdy (Shawnee Construction)
Jay Olsen (Olsen Electric)
Glen Guzzi (Elite Title)

Russell Guagenti (Guagenti & Associates)– Treasurer
Tom Biondi (Thomas J Biondi Jr Plumbing & Heating)
Dan Linkletter (Tri-State Computer Solutions)
Steve Severud (Law office of Stephen N Severud)

Rudy opened the meeting at 7:16 and the group had a discussion about a possible new member in the Family Law category.

Our speaker for the day was Scott Goldstein of the Law office of Scott Goldstein.

Scott Goldstein addressing LeTip of Denville
Scott Goldstein addressing LeTip of Denville

Scott gave a brief general background for the newer members and then moved to the focus of his talk: Advance Directives and Guardianships, Conservatorships & Special Needs Trusts.

Scott explained that Advance Directives (essentially specifying who’s going to make decisions for you when you can’t) are an inexpensive method of ensuring your directives are carried out even if you become incapacitated. Scott described them as “an ounce of prevention being worth more than a pound of cure”.

LeTip of Denville members listening to Scott Goldstein
LeTip of Denville members listening to Scott Goldstein

On the other hand Guardianships, Conservatorships & Special Needs Trusts are similar in concept but are done AFTER the subject actually becomes incapacitated – it involves the courts taking responsibility away from someone and is very complicated with lots of legal steps. Therefore is a much more expensive proposition than preparing an Advance Directive. An Advance Directive might cost in the $200-300 range whereas the least expensive Guardianship could cost $5000-6000!

Scott’s talk finished with questions and answers from the chapter.

Posted by John Tully

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