Providing specialized representation in Elder Law and Disability Planning to address a variety of legal matters generally associated with elder law and persons with special needs. We are committed to protecting the rights, dignity and financial resources of senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
Professional Affiliations for
Sharon Rivenson Mark, Esq.
- Member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys [NAELA]. NAELA is a professional association of over 4,200 attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs.
- Named as one of the 2012 Fellows of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). NAELA Fellows are attorneys who have been members of the Academy for at least three years, whose careers concentrate on Elder Law, and who have distinguished themselves both by making exceptional contributions to meeting the needs of older Americans and by demonstrating commitment to the Academy. Election as a Fellow signifies that the lawyer is recognized by peers as a model for others, and an exceptional lawyer and leader. The most significant component in the selection process is commitment and contributions to NAELA through committee participation, programs, and leadership.
- Certified as an Elder Law Attorney [CELA] by the American Bar Association accredited National Elder Law Foundation – certification granted October 27, 1997. CELA designation is granted to attorneys have the enhanced knowledge, skills, and experience to be properly identified to the public as Certified Elder Law Attorneys. NELF is a non-profit organization founded in 1993, is dedicated to the development and improvement of the professional competence of lawyers in the area of Elder Law. To be a CELA. the attorney must be licensed to practice law in at least one state or the District of Columbia and must have practiced law during the five years preceding their application, must still be practicing law and must be a member in good standing of the bars in all places in which they are licensed. The attorney must have spent an average of at least 16 hours per week practicing Elder Law during the three years preceding their application and must have handled at least 60 Elder Law matters during those three years with a specified distribution among subjects as defined by the Foundation. The attorney must have participated in at least 45 hours of continuing legal education in Elder Law during the preceding three years, provide peer review / professional references – and must pass a full-day certification examination administered by NELF which is designed to demonstrate their specialized Elder Law knowledge and skills.
- Member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners [CAP] and CAP Steering Committee. The Council of Advanced Practitioners was established by NAELA as an invitation only council for Advanced Practitioners in July 2005. Members of the Council are recognized as the innovators of the profession. instrumental in leading the future of Elder Law, a major source of speakers, writers, and leaders of NAELA programs and NAELA’s role models, providing a “vision” for NAELA and mentoring for NAELA members. Membership in CAP is available to preeminent Elder Law Attorneys who are NAELA members for a minimum of ten years, AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, and either a NAELA Fellow or a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA). Co-Chairperson of the CAP conference committee.
- Member of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Guardianship/Capacity Section and Health Care Decision Making Steering Committees.
- Past-President, Vice-President and Secretary of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
- Charter Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners – Admitted to membership 2006.
- Board of Trustees, Hudson County Bar Association.
- Master in the Hudson Inns
- Past Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Legislative Coordinator of the New Jersey State Bar Association Elder and Disability Law Section.
- Chairperson of the Hudson County Bar Association, Elder Law Committee and General Equity Committee.
Publications, Articles and Lecture Materials
- Co-Author of Volume 45 on “Elder Law – Guardianships and Conservatorships” and Volume 45A on “Elderlaw – New Jersey Medicaid Laws and Regulations” for Thompson Reuters (Westlaw) New Jersey Practice treatise.
- Presenter and presentation materials on “Elder Law Practice”, Hudson Inn, January 2016.
- Co-Presenter and presentation materials on “Digital Assets” and “Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets”, October 2014.
- Presenter and presentation materials on “Ethical Considerations When Representing a Client With Diminished Capacity”, January 2014.
- Presenter and presentation materials on “Representing Clients With Diminished Capacity, Duties, Responsibilities, and Ethics for Guardians”, September 2013 and revised April 2014.
- Presenter and presentation materials on “Alternative Dispute Resolution Settlements Within The Context of Medicare Set-Aside Programs”, New Jersey Hispanic Bar Association conference, Costa Rica, May 2013.
- Presenter on “Protecting Elders from Rogue Agents “at the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Elder & Special Needs Law Annual Conference, May 2011.
- Article on “Ethics and Guardianships”, March 2011.
- Article on “Mediation as a Tool In Contested Guardianship Proceedings”, February 2010 and revised May 2013
- Newsletter article for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys on “Litigating Filial Responsibility Claims”, August 23, 2009.
- Presenter at the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys 2009 Public Benefits & Guardianship Institute on “Litigation/Appeals”, November 7-8, 2009.
- Lecture materials for ICLE seminar on “Action for Guardianship of an Incapacitated Person”, September 22, 2008.
- Lecture materials for New Jersey State Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Annual Elder Law Retreat on “Guardianship in New Jersey Statutory and Case Law Update”, March 29, 2005.
- Lecture materials on “Mediation as a Tool in Contested Guardianship Proceedings” for Lorman Education Services, September 7, 2004.
- Article on “Planning For Incapacity Surrogate Decision-Making Authority – Guardianships and Conservatorships, September 7, 2004.
- Co-author of article on “The Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act Of 2003”, June 8, 2004.
- Article on “Ethics and Elder Law”, February 26, 2003.
- Article on “Planning for Incapacity, Surrogate Decision-Making Authority”, April 16, 2000.
- Article on “Guardianship of an Incapacitated Person”, April 3, 2000.
- Speaker for New Jersey State Bar Association, Elder Law Section, First Annual Elder Law Retreat, March 1999.
- Lecturer for seminar on Elder Law for the Hispanic National Bar Association conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 2000.
- Article on “The Need for an Advance Directive and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care” for the Spring 1997 issue of The Guardian, the newsletter of the Guardianship Association of New Jersey .
- Article on “Health Care Decision-Making Powers of a Guardian of an Incapacitated Person on DNR and DNH Orders” for the Newsletter of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Elder Law Section, November 1998.
- Moderator, presenter and lecturer on Elder Law, Guardianship and Conservatorship issues for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
- Presenter and lecturer for educational seminars for the Guardianship Association of New Jersey, Inc.
Honors and Awards
- Rated Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent since 2010.
- Rated Martindale-Hubbell AV, 2008 – 2009.
- Recognized as a Super Lawyer and among the Top 50 Women Attorneys in New Jersey in New Jersey Monthly Magazine, since 2006.