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As a young child, my grandparents were very involved in my life. After moving to New Jersey at age 2, we continued, for many years, to return to Brooklyn on weekends to visit both sets of grandparents. My paternal grandfather died when I was 12 and my Israeli grandmother, Imma, alternately lived with her 4 children for several years, until settling permanently with us. My maternal grandparents moved from Brooklyn to New Jersey when I was 14 and lived a ½ mile from our home. My grandfather died a few years after the move but my grandmother, Ma enjoyed living nearby her only child.

By the time I graduated law school both grandmothers lived in my parents’ home. And everything was fine for a good number of years. I began my legal career and, as is the case with many young lawyers, my family looked to me for answers to any and all legal questions. By the time I established my own firm in 1995 Imma was in her early 90’s and experiencing the tremors of Parkinson’s Disease. The onset of dementia soon followed and my parents eventually could not care for her at home any longer.

They turned to me for help and so my own family became one of my first elder law clients. I struggled to navigate the same long term care and Medicaid system that we we now help so many of our clients with. But I persevered and we were able to get Imma care at a quality nursing home paid for under the Medicaid program.

A few years later we faced similar issues with Ma. When I discovered that my father was carrying her in the middle of the night to the bathroom I sat my parents down and explained to them the dangers of a 67 year old carrying a 92 year old over slippery floors down a dark hall. Ma’s hospitalization a short time later led to a move to assisted living . Back and forth trips to hospital and nursing home, an all too common occurrence for families these days, followed until she passed away at the age of 94.

So it was that my own family’s experiences introduced me to elder law. As we move farther into the 21st century, and as 77 million babyboomers begin to turn 65, the issues surrounding the aging process and long term care will take on a more important role in many Americans’ lives. And we, at Hauptman & Hauptman, look forward to providing the same steady guidance and counseling to your family that I have provided to my own.


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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 40%
    26 years
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
    26 years
  3. Medicaid & Medicare: 15%
  4. Trusts: 15%
    26 years
  5. Probate: 10%



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Hauptman & Hauptman

354 Eisenhower Parkway
Plaza I, 2nd Floor
Livingston, NJ, 07039-1619


NYCurrently registered 199003/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
"voice of Experience" @ Super ConferenceLeading Lawyers on Estate & Long Term Planning2011
Mentor of coachingEDLF2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding and Managing PartnerHaupmtan & Hauptman PC1995 - Present
AttorneyCraner, Nelson, Satkin, & Scheer1993 - 1995
AssociateMaloof, Lebowitz, & Bubb1990 - 1993
Law ClerkHonorable John Stritrhoff, J. S. C.1989 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
Essex County CoalitionAttorney Member2012 - Present
Coalition of Family Caregiving - Union county, NJContributor2012 - Present
Essex County Bar AssociationCo-Chair of the Elder Law and Special Needs Planning Committee2011 - Present
Caregivers Coalition of Morris CountyAttorney Member2011 - Present
Temple Beth Shalom, Livingston, NJBoard of Trustees2010 - Present
Livingston chamber of CommerceMember2010 - Present
Guardianship Association of New JerseyMember2008 - Present
National Organization of Veterans' AdvocatesAccredited VA Attorney2008 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneysmember1995 - Present
New Jersey Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
AFFC PublicationsDon't Go Broke in a Nursing Home 2015-20162015
AFFC PublicationsDon't Go Broke in a Nursing Home 2014-20152014
Elder Law BlogThe Facility Said If I Pay for 2 Years then I’ll Get Medicaid2013
The West Essex Tribune, Livingston, NJAverting the Fiscal Cliff -What Does It Really Mean?2013
The West Essex Tribune, Livingston, NJCollege Debt and Long Term Care – Unrelated? Maybe not2013
Hauptman & Hauptman PCNursing Home & Assisted Living Guide for Northern NJ2013
Elder Law BlogThe Facility Said If I Pay for 2 Years then I’ll Get Medicaid2013
Stafford WebinarThe Facility Said If I Pay for 2 Years then I’ll Get Medicaid2013
NewsletterElder Law News2012
The West Essex Tribune, Livingston NJRobot & Frank – A Glimpse into the Future of Elder care?2012
The Jewish News“My Name is on Mom’s Checking Account”2012
Financial AdvisorEldercare, Sense and Sensibility2011
Self Published BookBe Nice TO Me - I Pick Your Nursing Home; How to Provide For Your Parent's Care without Going to the Poorhouse or Nuthouse2011
Hauptman & Hauptman BlogShould I Leave My Disabled Child’s Inheritance to a Sibling to Hold?2010
Boomer Financial Radio NetworkGuest Speaker2010
The RecordA Growing Market2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Albany Law School of Union UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Rutgers UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lecture seriesPlanning for the 2nd half of Life2016
JCC of Metro West - Senior GroupThe Power of the Power of Attorney2016
Continuing Education for Social Workers and Care ManagersWhat Your Client Needs to Know Before Starting Rehab in a Nursing Home2016
Atria at Cranford - Assisted Living7 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Preparing for Medicaid2016
Emerson Health Center - Kinderkamack,NJNavigating and preplanning the financial burdens of Long Term Care2013
CE Program for Nurses and Social workersLTCJ Nursing, SW and CCM CE Program2013
Accredited Speaker for CASE MANAGERS CE PROGRAMLegal Aspects of the Elder Care Journey2012
Accountant CE Program - Accredited SpeakerAging In America How to Help Your Clients Protect Themselves, Their Families and Their Finances2012
ObamacareHow the New Healthcare Laws Affect You2011
New Jersey Association for Justice, Workers Compensation SectionElder Law practices2011
Essex County Bar Association, CLE CommitteeThe Elder care Journey2011
Corporate MeetingElder Law2011
Alzheimers Support GroupLong Term care Planning2010
CE PROGRAM for Social WorkersHelp Your Clients Avoid The Seven Biggest Mistakes People Make When PreparingN/A