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Elenora L. Benz, Esq.

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Elenora L. Benz, Esq.

Caring...Concerned...I founded my practice on the principles of education and preparation. I want to assist my clients by easing their concerns about important personal and business legal issues. My approach to estate planning distinguishes me from other attorneys.

Estate planning should be a comfortable process, providing an atmosphere for an open and communicative attorney-client relationship. In this environment, clients are able to express their goals and desires, enabling me to develop an individualized estate plan to meet their specific needs.

My staff and I treat every client request with respect, whether providing for a spouse, children, life partner, or beloved pet. I strive to meet the needs of my clients in a timely and economical manner, while providing the most sophisticated service possible.

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
      Wills & Trusts
      Special Needs Trusts
      Pet Trusts
  • Estate & Gift Planning
  • Intergenerational Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Probate & Estate Administration
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Nancy Heslin Reading

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Admitted

  • New Jersey, 1993
  • New York, 1994
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Education

  • New York Law School, J.D., 1993
    Law Review
  • College of Saint Elizabeth, B.A. English Literature, 1990
    Highest Honors; Departmental Honors

Background and Community Service

Present or former member of:

  • American Bar Association and the Bar Associations of New York, New Jersey, Sussex County, and Morris County.
  • Chair of District XA Attorney Ethics Committee
  • Member of Supreme Court Committee on Character
  • Past Secretary and VP of Public Policy (Sussex-Warren Chapter) of The New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners and recipient of its Teal Heart Service Award in 2001 and Woman Business Owner of the Year Award (Sussex-Warren Chapter) in 2003.
  • Officer and Director of Branchville Rotary Club
  • Assistant Governor for Rotary District 7470
  • Bio-Ethics Committee of Newton Medical Center
  • Advisory Council of Sussex County Office of Senior Services
  • Sheriff’s Crimestopper Commissioners
  • Blairstown Business Association
  • 2005 Chair of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce; steering committee for Leadership Sussex and Leadership Sussex Youth; Co-chair of the Fredon, Green, Stillwater Chamber Council, Chairperson of its Government and Legislative Committee.
  • Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce
  • Trustee of SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc., the Estate Planning Council of Northern New Jersey, and the Morris County Bar Association.
  • Trustee of the Senior Quality of Life Foundation
  • Money$mart Week steering committee
  • Adjunct faculty member at Sussex County Community College
  • Alumnae Mentor, New York Law School

Of Note

  • Ellie has achieved the status of AV® Preeminent™ after a rigorous peer review through Martindale.com. This rating demonstrates that Ellie has attained the highest rating available for legal ability and professional ethics. The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ are a complimentary service to the bar that enables members of the legal community to benefit from the candid and objective peer-to-peer feedback of other lawyers.
  • The Sussex County Chamber of Commerce presented Ellie’s “Earth Angels” project, which brings holiday cheer to homebound senior citizens, the Community Service Award.
  • In 2004, Soroptomists International, Sussex County Chapter, recognized Ellie as a “Woman of Distinction.”
  • In 2005, the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce awarded its Humanitarian Award to Ellie.
  • In 2007 Ellie was awarded the NJ Women Business Organization (NJAWBO) “Beacon of Light Award.”
  • Ellie is a proud sponsor and supporter of the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show.
  • Ellie is a founding member of the Animal Law Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She lobbied for the passage of the statute that codifies the validity of trusts for domestic animals.
  • Ellie is the principal author of the pet trust and pet emergency preparedness material on the New Jersey State Bar Foundation website.

Ellie has one son and three grandchildren, and lives on a Sussex County farm with her dogs, cats, and horses.

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Nancy Heslin Reading

Nancy Heslin Reading Esq.

Elder law often involves working with families, either because parents come in as clients and want to name their children as executors, health care representatives, trustees, etc…or because the grown children come in, worried that their aging parents need a long term care plan or tax plan and have nothing in place. Other times, disputes within the family lead to contests over who should be appointed guardian or contests over which will should be probated. For each client the task is to listen to his or her concerns and shape a solution that fits his or her needs and resources by selecting from a range of legal options. Along the way, I enjoy my clients and the process of getting to know them and feel very blessed that I get to do what I do. Nancy grew up locally in Lake Mohawk where she presently lives with her husband and two children.

Practice Areas

  • Wills and Probate
  • Estate Administration
  • Guardianships
  • Medicaid Applications
  • Nursing Home Rights
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Asset Protection
  • Conservatorships
  • Long Term Care Planning
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Appellate Practice

Admitted

  • New Jersey, 2001
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2002
  • United States Supreme Court, 2006

Law School

  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 2001
    Presidential Scholar, 1998-99, Faculty Scholar, 2000-2001

Education

  • Yale University, M.Div. ‘81
  • Hampshire College - B.A., 1976 State of Connecticut Scholar

Member

  • Sussex County Bar Association – President 2013-2014
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • New Jersey Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • Greater Sussex Estate Planning Council, Steering Committee
  • SCARC Guardianship Services Board
  • Womens Attorneys of Sussex County – Coordinator
  • Saint Thomas Aquin Parish, Ogdensburg
  • Sussex County Senior Services Advisory Council
  • Newton Medical Center Bioethics Committee
  • Lake Mohawk Country Club

Of Note

  • 2013 Vivere Christus Award
  • 2009 Law Day Award Winner
  • Law Clerk, Appellate Division, Honorable Lorraine Parker, J.A.D.
  • Judicial Intern, the Honorable Katharine Sweeney Hayden, U.S.D.J.
  • Seton Hall Legislative Law Journal
  • Law Clerk,  Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law and Public Safety,
    State of  New Jersey
  • Accredited Veterans Administration Attorney
  • Instructor on Elder Law, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Presenter, Worrall F. Mountain American Inns of Court

Nancy grew up locally in Lake Mohawk where she presently lives with her husband and two children.

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