About Benz and Reading LLC

What distinguishes our firm is that our attorneys and our staff have “been there” “done that.” Each of us has had extensive personal experience dealing with the dilemmas that face families and caregivers as their senior generation ages. We bring that experience to the table when we deal with our clients and because of our breadth of experience we are able to offer practical advice, as well as legal advice, and the choices that they may gave in various situations.

At Benz & Reading LLC we work continuously to understand and respond to the needs of each client, while we bring the most recent developments in the law to the firm’s practice. Whether designing estate and gifting plans that minimize estate and inheritance taxes; putting into effect long-term care planning; or guiding seniors and their families through the filing of guardianship and conservatorship petitions, Medicaid or Medicare applications or drafting Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Powers of Attorney, and Trusts, at Benz & Reading LLC we bring a high level of expertise to everything we do. In short, we are a full service law firm offering both sophisticated tax and estate planning and a full range of elder law planning.

In addition, our firm offers not only intergenerational estate planning, but also family and other business succession planning. Our firm also provides a full range of trust planning, whether it be revocable living trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, special needs trusts, or pet trusts in addition to traditional testamentary trust planning.

Benz & Reading LLC regularly assists clients in the potentially overwhelming task of choosing skilled fiduciaries to serve as their executors, trustees, health care representatives, guardians, conservators, and attorneys-in-fact. We also obtain evaluations from geriatric care providers to assist in determining whether assisted living or nursing home care is the appropriate choice for those clients seeking alternative living arrangements.

Increasingly, our clients are looking to us for assistance with obtaining government benefits such as Medicaid, Veteran’s Benefits (Aid and Assistance), Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income. We also draft special needs trusts in conjunction with these applications where appropriate.

When necessary, Benz & Reading LLC litigates on behalf of clients in state and Federal Courts, represents clients in arbitrations, negotiates on their behalf in mediations, and appears in the appellate division when clients choose to appeal their outcomes in the trial court. We handle will contests and guardianship contests, competency and incapacity evaluations and claims of undue influence as well.

As an integral part of their community outreach, both Elenora L. Benz and Nancy Heslin Reading are available to speak to civic and church groups on areas of the law that impact seniors and their families. 

About Benz and Reading LLC

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