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Elga Amalia Goodman

Elder law Attorney at Cedar Knolls, NJ

5.0   33 reviews

also known as Elga A. Goodman


Licensed for 25 years

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    25%
    At E.A. Goodman Law, LLC, we specifically focus our practice on elder law. We understand that everyone is different, with different situations and different expectations. To ensure that you get tailored legal services.

  2. Estate planning
    25%
    Advise clients on Estate Planning techniques aimed at minimizing the state and Federal Tax burdens. Prepares Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, and Pre-nuptial Agreements.

  3. Probate
    20%
    We provide probate and estate administration services to clients throughout the state of NJ. We are knowledgeable in the rules and procedures of the local probate courts and guide executors and estate administrators through these legal proceedings.

  4. Business
    5%
    At E.A. Goodman Law, LLC, we work with our clients throughout the life cycle of a business which includes providing advice and guidance during the business formation phase and selecting the appropriate structure.

  5. Guardianship
    5%
    As a premier Estate Planning practice representing individuals and families throughout New Jersey. We regularly advise clients on guardianships and help to resolve disputes in which a guardian ad litem may be necessary.

  6. Power of attorney
    5%
    We provide comprehensive estate planning services to clients, including drafting and preparing wills, powers of attorney, and other essential documents. If you need assistance with preparing a power of attorney or any other estate planning matter.

  7. Tax
    5%

  8. Trusts
    5%
    Although probate is not necessary for trust-based estate plans, a trust must be administered under applicable laws to carry out the terms of the trust. We routinely assist clients with the administration process relative to managing trusts in NJ.

  9. Wills and living wills
    5%
    We provide first-rate legal representation to individuals, families and business owners in New Jersey who are seeking to secure their financial future. We frequently advise clients on a wide range of essential estate planning documents.

I concentrate my practice on business and personal taxation issues, including domestic and international estate planning, the administration of trusts and estates, closely-held business planning, and issues affecting the elderly.As a trust and estate attorney I advise clients on estate planning techniques aimed at ensuring that assets pass to the intended beneficiaries, while minimizing the state and federal tax burdens by creating charitable trusts and foundations, planned gifting programs, and drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney and living wills.

As an elder law attorney I handle general estate planning issues and counsel clients about planning for incapacity, and assist clients in planning for possible long-term care needs, including nursing home care, and assist with coordinating private and public resources to finance the cost of care.

I also counsel closely-held corporations including high-tech companies and other businesses on a variety of issues including tax strategies and succession planning.

In order to share my expertise more widely with clients and the greater public, I write and speak on business and estate planning and related subjects at seminars sponsored by various business, community and civic organizations. My legal experience also includes serving as a law clerk for New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz. I am fluent in Spanish.

Licensed for 25 years
State NY
Status Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday
Acquired 2008
Updated 07/18/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 11/04/2022

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

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Reviews

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Posted by Elizabeth | December 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smart, Focused and Analytical
I worked with Elga on a complicated estate matter that was protracted and involved difficult negotiations. Throughout this very lengthy (and emotional) process, I found her to be a dedicated advocate and strategic partner. Elga's counsel was always sound and objective, and her staff is equally professional and ethical. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Richard | October 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced and Professional
My wife and I recently updated our wills with Elga Goodman's expert guidance. She was deeply familiar with the relevant changes to the estate tax laws, and effectively incorporated our personal prefernces regarding family inheritance. We were very satisfied with the process and results.
Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
excellent
Elga was very professional and did an excellent job in drafting a Will for me and a trust for my family.
Posted by Elayne | September 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
consummate professional
Elga Goodman is a consummate professional with a heart and soul. She prepared will, trust and additional documents with thoughtfulness and concern about my particular concerns. She then did the same for my hospitalized brother-in-law in most accommodating fashion.
Posted by Kevin | September 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Elga treats you like I assume she would a member of he own family. I did a fairly complicated trust and Elga took the time to answer all of my questions and explain everything to me in simple terms. I highly recommend her!
Posted by Joanne | January 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Attorney
Elga Goodman is organized, patient and the definition of the word "professionalism". I have total confidence and know that I am in the best of hands when working with Elga. Her dedication and stellar work ethic is only matched by her outstanding staff. Martha is her right hand and is helpful, understanding and knowledgable. Losing a spouse is a life-changer and having confidence in the person handling your most personal matters is peace of mind beyond words. Elga and her staff get the job done to perfection. If you are looking for "quality", look no further. She's the best!!
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Posted by Patricia | January 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
It has been wonderful having such a competent and sympathetic lawyer when dealing with very sensitive matters. I would totally recommend her to anyone in need of superior estate planning or guidance with the federal or state regulations regarding estate and inheritance issues.
Posted by Ron | January 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and courteous
Ms. Goodman performed legal services related to estate planning and guardianship needs for my parents. She handled all of our requirements professionally and courteously, and she was attentive to our questions and concerns.
Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional & Caring
Ms. Goodman and her entire team were informative, responsive and genuinely concerned with our best interest. I would highly recommend this law firm for estate planning, especially for issues related to elder law. They were able to successfully provide all of the services that we needed in a timely manner.
Posted by Lucille | January 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent resource
Ms. Goodman and advised and guided me through the process where I was the executrix of a friends estate.
Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommended
We met with Elga to consult on estate planning for my mother and found her to be very knowledgeable and compassionate. She could have easily steered us to a more expensive solution but instead found the easiest plan for our situation. Would definitely use her again.
Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Pleasant and Helpful
Although she could not assist me in the matter herself she did provide a recommendation. What impressed me most is her casual friendliness.
Posted by Mark | January 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Elga created an Irrevocable Trust for me. I found Elga to be very easy to work with, very knowledgeable, and very helpful. Her staff was also a pleasure to work with. I am the trustee of 3 other trusts created by other attorneys. Elga final package and detailed instructions was the most complete, logical, and clear document I have ever worked with. I highly recommend her practice.
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Posted by Wendy | January 12, 2016
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Excellent service!
Elga Goodman was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We have complete confidence that she handled our affairs in a professional manner. My husband and I would highly recommend Elga Goodman for your legal needs.
Posted by Kate | October 13, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful experience
My 92 year old mother needed a complete update on all her legal documents. Besides a will, she needed a change on an irrevocable trust, health care proxies, etc. These things are difficult for anyone, let alone an elderly person, but Elga made the whole experience easy for my mother to understand, making everything clear and concise. The time taken was just enough (not too long, and not too short) for everyone to leave satisfied. I also expressed an urgency for this to be executed as soon as was convenient to lessen my mother's anxiety, and she was very accommodating. Communication is prompt and speaking to anyone at the office is always a pleasure. I would highly recommend Elga to anyone needing help with the elderly. I am planning to use her for my own will in the near future!
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Posted by Laura | October 11, 2015
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Estate closing
Ms. Goodman was recommended to me and I am so thankful I contacted her. She and her staff outlined what needed to be done to close a very confusing estate which I could have never not completed on my own. She handled everything necessary to get it done. she was quick to respond to my very frequent questions. I and my family are so thankful to have had her as our attorney. She handled the many documents necessary to close the estate. I would recommend Ms Goodman to anyone in need of an attorney.
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Posted by Iris | September 11, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Elga Amalia Goodman
I had moved from Florida to New Jersey and found that it was necessary for me to redo my trust, willl and related documents. I met with Elga and was very pleased with our meeting. I hired her to do the documents necessary and am pleased with the results of our consultations. She's very professional but also is warm and caring. She made recommendations that were wise. The whole process was very pleasant and I would highly reccomend her.
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Posted by Judy | September 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
my lawyer
Elga was sweet, concerned, efficient and we never got the feeling she was rushing us. She explained all aspects of our procedure carefully and in plain English. I would highly recommend her. We have dealt with other lawyers who are totally concerned with the number of minutes that can be billed. We never got any indication that Elga is in that category. Loved her and her staff.
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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2015
Top of the line…..FIRST CLASS.
As a long ago retired attorney I independently selected attorney Goodman, who I had never met, to assist my wife and I with estate planning. What a stroke of good fortune. We found attorney Goodman professional, knowledgeable, most responsive, patient with us and were totally pleased with the finished product Having been around attorneys a good part of our lives, after our last visit to Ms. Goodman's office, my wife and I looked at each other and simultaneously exclaimed to each other……"A Ten Plus". We were delighted and would heartily and strongly recommend attorney Goodman to others.
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Posted by A Client | December 14, 2014
Elga A. Goodman - First Class Attorney
I sought Elga Goodman's legal expertise with regard to estate planning. My situation was a bit unique and quite complex. Elga is very professional and extremely knowledgeable. If you don't understand something, Elga will stick with it until you do. She has the patience of a saint. Elga is a very caring, kind attorney who wants only the best for her clients. From my very first meeting with Elga, I felt confident that she would come up with the best possible plan for me and she has. I feel very fortunate to have found her and would highly recommend her to others.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • EA Goodman Law LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal
  • 2004 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, PA
  • 1997 - 2004
  • Law Clerk, Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
  • 1996 - 1997
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Education

  • New York University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2002
  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, summa cum laude
  • 1996
  • Drew University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Associations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • N/A
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Publications

  • Arizona Business Law Deskbook
  • Federal Taxation of Business Entities
  • 2016
  • New Jersey Business Law Deskbook
  • Choice of Business Entity
  • 2016
  • New Jersey Business Law Deskbook
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • 2016
  • Arizona Business Law Deskbook
  • Federal Taxation of Business Organizations
  • 2016
  • Minnesota Business Law Deskbook
  • Federal Taxation of Business Organizations
  • 2016
  • California Business Law Deskbook
  • Federal Taxation of Business Organizations
  • 2016
  • New Jersey Practice Business Law Deskbook
  • Choice of Business Form
  • 2016
  • New Jersey Law Journal
  • Ensuring Recognition of Your Client’s New Florida Domicile
  • 2008
  • New Jersey Law Journal
  • Business Succession Planning
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Elder Law Awareness
  • Life Planning: Estate Planning Techniques to Enhance Your Golden Years
  • 2014
  • LLC vs. Inc: Entity Selection For A Small To Medium Sized Business
  • Taxation of Limited Liability Companies
  • 2011
  • Tax Exempt Organizations From Start To Finish: Establishing Tax Exempt Status With The IRS
  • Establishing Tax Exempt Status with the IRS
  • 2011
  • Top Estate Planning Techniques
  • Irrevocable Life Insurane Trusts
  • 2009
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships A to Z
  • Issues Involving Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • 2008
  • Successful Wealth Transfer Techniques
  • Advanced Estate Planning Techniques
  • 2004
  • New Jersey Estate Planning and Drafting Fundementals
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Basic Will Drafting
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (10)
Business Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lawyers who spend time, pro bono, assisting the public on sites like this are rare. It's important to give back and it's good to see lawyers like you who do. You get my endorsement for sure."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I had the privilege of working with Elga at SNR Denton. She is thoughtful and knowledgable and always strives to achieve the best result for her clients. Now that we are at different firms I never hesitate to recommend Elga to anyone looking for a trusts and estates lawyer or an elder lawyer in New Jersey!"
Tax Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Tax Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elga brings her vast big law firm background working with high net worth clients and sophisticated estate plans to the table at her present boutique estate planning practice. She is highly skilled in this area and brings a unique combination of compassion and tax expertise to the clients she serves. I highly recommend her."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Goodman's caring and personable manner make her one of the best. She is a notable estate planning and wills attorney, who is devoted to her clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Elga is a true professional. Whether it is a complex or simple matter Elga has the skill and experience to ensure her clients get the best result. I do not hesitate to recommend her as a great lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Elga and I worked together on a couple of matters and I came away very impressed by her skill as an attorney as well as her as a person. I would highly recommend Elga to anyone in need of estate planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Elga is a dedicated advocate whose significant experience in estate planning and asset protection should give prospective clients great confidence. I would not hesitate to hire her."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Elga provides those with significant assets a peace of mind for their long term future. Her speciality allows her to provide the best possible legal advice."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Goodman is highly knowledgeable, experienced, and caring for her clients. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elga is well respected in New Jersey the area of Estate Planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elga is an accomplished attorney in the area of estate planning and tax matters."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Elga is dedicated to her work and her clients. She is always looking to improve herself and her profession."
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