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John William Callinan

Elder law Attorney at Wall Township, NJ

5.0   36 reviews

Licensed for 29 years

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OF THE OVER 85,650 LICENSED ATTORNEYS IN NJ, FEWER THAN 75 ARE CERTIFIED ELDER LAW ATTORNEYS.

Mr. John W. Callinan is a Certified Elder Law Attorney.  Of over 79,145 licensed attorneys in the State of New Jersey, fewer than 60 are Certified Elder Law Attorneys.

 

John is the author of the book New Jersey Elder Law:  A Planning and Resource Guide, published by ALM Legal Publications, the publisher of the New Jersey Law Journal.

 

John has won a Super Law Award in the field of Elder Law in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.  In addition, John has won a Top 100 Attorney Award in 2014 and 2015, a feat no other elder law attorney in the state has accomplished.

 

John is one of the best known elder law attorneys in the State of New Jersey.  He has served as lead counsel in numerous federal lawsuits against the State of New Jersey on various issues affecting the Medicaid program.  John is the current Chair of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Litigation Committee.

 

John has offices in Wall Township and Middletown Township, New Jersey.

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Licensed for 29 years
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 11/05/2022
State PA
Status Inactive
Acquired 1993
Updated 12/04/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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John W. Callinan
2052 Highway 35
Suite 103
Wall Township, NJ, 07719-3546
John W. Callinan
Suite 2
1650 Highway 35
Middletown, NJ, 07748
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Posted by Melissa | October 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expertise and Empathy
Full responsibility of decision making for an elder parent is scary, let alone when that parent has dementia. John’s expertise helped me understand the process of applying for Medicaid and prepared me to avoid potential pitfalls. The application process required extreme attention to detail and Paula is extremely adept at managing it while at the same time helping me to advocate for my mom’ s best interests. I highly recommend this dynamic duo!!
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Posted by Chris | April 8, 2021
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Amazing service for Medicaid approval. A+++++
My Mom needed Medicaid approval. I can't say enough how attentive and on point John and Paula were. Always an instant phonecall, email, or text away, at any time, quickly and efficiently. Anytime I had a question, I can count on them. Their guidance was impeccable. Lifesavers!!!
Posted by Delfino | March 6, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
John and his staff are great! Profesional and extremely thorough throughout the entire process. Paula was always available to answer questions as well as provide the needed expertise in handling the objectives. Highly recommend this Law Firm and thank them for guiding the family through the entire process.
Posted by Robin | March 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Medicaid application for my father
I hired John to prepare and submit a Medicaid application for my father who resided in an assisted living. I worked with John's paralegal, Paula Fama, to collect and document 5 years worth financial information that is required for the application. Paula was a pleasure to work with. She was kind and patient in explaining what was needed and very responsive to my questions. The amount of documentation required for a Medicaid application is daunting and I can't imagine trying to do it without the assistance of an attorney. I highly recommend John and Paula.
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Posted by Karen | February 20, 2021
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A Positive Experience!
I only have praise for John Callinan and his assistant Paula They were knowledgeable, professional, organized and easy with work with. I was seeking Medicaid for a loved one. This would have been a daunting task without the expertise of an elder attorney. I needed to go back five years into all accounts, etc. Thankfully, I contacted John Callinan's office. They guided me as to what information was needed to be able to receive Medicaid. Paula reviewed, organized and submitted all of the necessary information. The whole process was positive! They get five stars from me!
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2021
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Andrew Covais
I like to start out with saying thank you to Paula A. Fama. She is extremely professional, helpful and courteous. She's Always made herself available when possible when questions needed to get answered in regards to the status of my dad's Medicaid. In my humble opinion Paula A. Fama is a huge asset to your law firm and I feel she should be recognized for her hard and diligent work. Thanks Again for your help. Regards, Andrew Covais
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2020
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Excellent Attorney and Staff
I recommend John Callinan as an eldercare attorney. John prepared a new Will, Quit Claim Deed, as well as advising me about the choices I had for my husbands Care in a local nursing home. His Assistant, Paula, was phenomenal in helping me through the Medicaid process. It took many meetings, phone calls, and emails but she was incredibly helpful in this process. I also met with Lynn, the law office insurance technician and was able to secure annuities. I recommend this law office for Elder Care needs
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Posted by Melinda | September 30, 2019
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Excellent Attorney
My sister and I hired Mr. Callinan to handle the estates of both our aunt and uncle. My aunt was living in a nursing home being paid for by Medicaid. My uncle joined her later. There was a house to be sold, inheritance tax forms to be filed, and money that eventually had to be paid back to Medicaid. Mr. Callinan and his staff were professional and extremely knowledgeable in helping us navigate the estate process. Our questions were always answered in a timely manner and Mr. Callinan made what was a stressful situation for us much easier. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Lynda | June 12, 2019
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A Real Lifeline
Mr. Callinan was so knowledgeable and he made our initial meeting so easy. He had answers to every obscure question we had regarding medicaid and did not rush the consultation at all. From there he involved Paula who knew everything that was needed to complete the process. She answered so many emails quickly and efficiently, re-explaining so many aspects multiple times until I was able to grasp them. She was very patient throughout the process. It was wonderful knowing that no matter what happened, we had a law firm who would stand behind and beside us throughout the process until it was completed.
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Posted by Jill | May 26, 2017
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Outstanding and Dedicated Elder Care Lawyer
John Callinan is an outstanding elder care lawyer. I have recommended him to many friends and acquaintances during the past few years. He was hired for my Mother's Medicaid application process. This process is very complicated and I can't imagine completing the requirements without John and his colleague Paula Fama. They made a seemingly impossible task a pleasant experience with their expertise and timely responses. I have only praise for John, Paula and their staff.
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Posted by Don and Sheila | January 20, 2017
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John Callinan
We would highly recommend Mr Callinan 's services .We knew we needed help with Elder care and we were lucky to find Mr Callinan. John and staff put our minds at ease during a difficult time. John handled everything professionally, as well as the follow through of his staff. Paula Fama knows her job and does it well. They always kept us informed. Thanks again .
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Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2016
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Outstanding Lawyer & Terrific Staff!
John and his colleague Paula Fama were invaluable me as I navigated the issues and challenges associated with managing the financial, estate planning and long term care needs for my mom. My interactions with John and Paula extended over several years and, as you can imagine, during that time, many questions arose as circumstances evolved and changed. That said, neither ever hesitated to make themselves available for questions and consultation, as needed. Moreover, their responses were prompt, exceptionally well informed and thorough. Looking back, I can’t imagine successfully managing through this process without their insights and expertise. I would highly recommend them to anyone who finds themselves in similar circumstances.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
John and his staff provided thorough and excellent service with my grandparent's Medicaid application process. Going through the Medicaid application process was very difficult even with John and his staff expertise. I would say nearly impossible if we did it on our own. If you are considering an attorney to process a Medicaid application, definitely contact John. I would highly recommend and would not hesitate to retain John for his services again.
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Posted by Francesco | October 23, 2016
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Great Lawyer & Staff
My family was in a unique situation where one spouse needed home care services while the other needed to continue to work, while protecting assets. John laid out the plan within minutes, and his staff ensured that the plan was implemented. We could not have been happier with the final result and the professionalism of John and his staff. I highly recommend John to friends and family in need of eldercare services.
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Posted by Joy Irven | September 15, 2016
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Professional, knowledgeable, courteous, dedicated Elder Law Attorney AND staff.
Our matter was one of Estate planing and Medicaid preparation/application for our Mother. This had us interacting with Mr. Callinan and his Legal Assistant for over 2 1/2 years, with a good amount of frequency. Honestly, there was never a time that a call or e-mail or concern was ignored or minimized. When you are dealing with a senior loved one's care & health & finances, etc......the last thing you need is to feel put off or out of the loop or spend countless hours trying to get answers. Never ever did we feel any of this. Both he and his Legal Assistant and staff were just wonderful and down-to-earth people who did a phenomenal job in taking us through this very daunting process. This is written with much appreciation and respect.
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Posted by Gerald | September 12, 2016
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Expert Legal Services
Mr. Callinan worked in connection with a mortgage specialist to secure for us a reverse mortgage. He was able to draft and to revise documents essential to that process. His work was done expeditiously and with a sensitivity to the importance of attentiveness to detail. We trust his expertise and highly recommend his services.
Posted by Kathleen | August 1, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Estate
Our experience with Mr. Callinan was very satisfactory. He was extremely respectful of my Step-father and my family. He was willing to answer any questions we had and he responses to e-mail inquiries was immediate.
Posted by Barbara | January 19, 2016
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The Best and Most Knowledgeable Elder Care Attorney
I hired John W. Callinan as my Mother's Elder Care Attorney. Not only is Mr. Callinan well-versed in Elder Care Law, he is most knowledgeable with the Health Care System for the Elderly and the Laws and Policies and Procedures associated with it. Mr. Callinan was always a professional and answered all my questions no matter how big or small promptly and in a professional manner. Ms. Paula Fama was also a gem to deal with. In fact, Paula was also excellent as well. Thank you for all you did for my mother. I couldn't have done it without you. I am a Health care Professional who highly recommends this Law Firm. All staff in this firm are very professional. Thank you...
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Posted by Donna | December 20, 2015
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Top Notch Certified Elder Law Attorney!
I am very pleased to write that I couldn't be any more satisified with the Law Office of John W. Callinan than I am today. Mr. Callinan is a top-notch Certified Elder Law Attorney! His expansive expertise and attention to detail, as well as that of his fine staff, specifically Ms. Paula Fama, are second to none. From day one, they skillfully guided us through complicated elder law processes which enabled my family to meet its goals. Mr. Callinan and Ms. Fama are a flawless team, and I sincerely cannot express my family's gratitute quite enough.
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Posted by Veronica | December 10, 2015
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John Callinan
Me. Callinan handled both my father and mother's estate planning. He was extremely thorough in detailing how extensive the 5 year look back could become. He followed up and reviewed all documents, making sure nothing was missed. I did not know as a disabled adult , my parents were able to gift money to me without consequence. This saved a considerable amount of money for them. I used that money for their care. Mr. Callinan also completed the health directives , Will and Durable Power of attorney . The office staff was extremely helpful in the process, managing all the massive amount of paper work. I am most grateful for their help.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Office of John W. Callinan
  • 2000 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Superior Court of New Jersey
  • 1993 - 1994

Education

  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor with honors
  • 1993
  • Rutgers University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • Saccone v. Board of Trustee Police and Firemen Retirement System
  • pending
  • LeFevere v. Velez
  • successful. statewide impact
  • Sable v. Velez
  • remand to district court for further proceedings
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Associations

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member, litigation sub-committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Vice Chair Elder and Disability Law Section
  • 2012 - Present
  • Council of Advanced Practitioners, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • member
  • 2012 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Elder and Disability Law Section
  • roundtable coordinator
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Chairman, Elder and Disability Law Section
  • 2013 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Attorney
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer Award--Elder Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Attorney
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer Award--Elder Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer Award--Elder Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Five Star Wealth Manager Award
  • Five Star Wealth Manager Award Program
  • 2013
  • Top Rated Lawyers
  • Lexis-Nexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer Award, Elder Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer Award, Elder Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • Council of Advanced Practitioners
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • 2011
  • Five Star Wealth Manager Award 2011
  • Five Star Wealth Manager Award Program
  • 2011
  • Most Outstanding Member
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (New Jersey Chapter)
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Appreciaton
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • 2009
  • Re-certification Certified Elder Law Attorney
  • National Elder Law Foundation, as Approved by the American Bar Association
  • 2009
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney
  • National Elder Law Foundation, as approved by the American Bar Association
  • 2004
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Jewish American Verterans of the United States
  • 2003
  • Juris Doctor--with honors
  • Rutgers School of Law
  • 1993
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Publications

  • The Monitor Newspaper
  • successor to Courier Newspaper 2009 through present
  • 2009
  • New Jersey Lawyer
  • Planning with Promissory Notes
  • 2007
  • Encyclopedia of Retirement and Finances
  • Special Needs Trust
  • 2004
  • New Jersey Funeral Directors' Magazine
  • Prepaid Funerals
  • 2002
  • Courier Newspaper
  • weekly columnist from 2001 until 2009
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • Sophisticated Elder Law 2013
  • Medicaid planning techniques
  • 2013
  • 2013 Elder Law College
  • Medicaid Planning Techniques
  • 2013
  • Elder Law Retreat 2012
  • Medicaid Planning Techniques Update
  • 2012
  • Elder Law College
  • Medicaid planning techniques
  • 2011
  • Sophisticated Elder Law Concepts
  • Medicaid planning
  • 2011
  • Elder Law Retreat 2010
  • Litigating Medicaid Issues in Federal Court
  • 2010
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Federal Litigation
  • 2009
  • Elder Law Retreat
  • Medicaid planning techniques
  • 2009
  • Elder Law Symposium
  • Medicaid planning techiques
  • 2009
  • Elder Law College
  • Medicaid planning techniques
  • 2009
  • Elder Law Retreat
  • Planning techniques
  • 2008
  • Elder Law Symposium
  • Medicaid planning techniques
  • 2008
  • Elder Law College
  • Elder Law College
  • 2008
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Elder law Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Callinan has earned an excellent reputation in Ocean and Monmouth County for his work in Elder Law. I have recomended his services on multiple occasions. His reputation is well deserved."
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