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Valerie A Powers Smith

Elder law Attorney at Palm Springs, CA

4.9   14 reviews

also known as Valerie Powers, vaps


Licensed for 24 years

About Valerie

Learn Valerie’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    20%
    Including: -adjudicated incapacitated adults -conservatorships

    26 years

  2. Estate planning
    20%
    Wills, Revocable Living Trusts, Durable Powers of Attorney, Healthcare/Medical Directives, Special Needs Trusts, Credit Shelter Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts

    26 years

  3. Medicaid and medicare
    20%
    -advocating for coverage and eligiblity under private health insurance, self-funded insurance, and state plans. -Medicaid -Medicaid waivers

    26 years

  4. Probate
    20%
    -estate probate -all matters falling under probate relating to estates, trusts, and persons with special needs

    26 years

  5. Trusts
    20%
    -Trust creation & trust administration -Fiduciary services provided to trustees -Special Needs Trusts: creation & administration -Court-created special needs trusts (d(4)(A)) in context of medical malpractice or personal injury lawsuit settlements. -Child support special needs trust (d(4)(A))

    26 years

FULL-SERVICE, BI-COASTAL ESTATE, TRUSTS, PROBATE, AND SPECIAL NEEDS PRACTICE IN CA, NJ, NY, AND PA.

Bi-Coastal practice in CA, NJ, NY, and PA, Valerie A. Powers Smith is Of Counsel to Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney, LLP (SBEMP) with offices in Palm Springs, San Diego, and Orange County, CA; and Princeton, NJ.  SBEMP is a full-service civil law firm handling both transactional and litigation matters.

Valerie A. Powers Smith has over eighteen years of experience in the field of special needs and disability law including the following highly specialized practice areas: health care insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, special needs trusts, trust administration, estate planning & administration, guardianships, and accessing federal and state government disability-based benefits.

Over the years, Valerie has concentrated her legal work in the area of health care law and has vigorously advocated for families and people with disabilities to gain medically necessary care from private insurance companies, Medicaid, Medicare, and other health insurance providers.

She has additionally focused her practice in the areas of special needs trusts and estate planning and routinely advise families, executors, and corporate trustees on the area of special needs law and the administration of the same.

Valerie has written extensively on a variety of disability law topics, has co-authored several publications on accessing adult services, Medicaid, and health insurance; and is a regular contributor to several newsletters of disability-based advocacy organizations throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She has also lectured for disability-related groups throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and D.C since 1997.

Photos and videos

The Importance of Special Needs Trusts
I discuss the importance of understanding the nature of your healthcare coverage, other avenues for additional coverage (that is, Medicaid), and how to best coordinate your care to maximize coverage and minimize your out-of-pocket expenditures.
In this segment, I discuss when a guardianship or conservatorship may be appropriate and the legal process associated with both.
I discuss 1st party special needs trusts (a.k.a., Medicaid-payback Trusts or d(4)(A) Trusts) and distinguish them from 3rd party special needs trusts.
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Licensed for 24 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/17/2022
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 12/05/2022
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 12/04/2022
State NJ
Status Administrative - Not authorized to practice
Acquired 1998
Updated 11/07/2022

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

Contact Valerie

Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney, LLP
1800 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA, 92262
Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney, LLP
103 Carnegie Center Blvd.
Suite 300
Princeton, NJ, 08540
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Paula | February 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney
We recently were notified by our insurance company that after 25 years our daughter's private duty nursing hours were being reduced. A mom of a special needs child recommended we contact Valerie Powers Smith for help. Valerie had an instant understanding of our problem and immediately took charge of the situation. In just three days she collected and reviewed hundreds of pages of medical information, interviewed pertinent medical personnel, made numerous phone calls and had the insurance company decision overturned. Valerie kept us informed of her progress daily through emails and phone calls. She understood the stress we were under and was always available for questions. I highly recommend Valerie Powers Smith to anyone who is in need of an attorney .
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Posted by Mary Ellen | November 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very difficult times
I am writing for the purpose of recommending, in the strongest possible terms, that anyone who needs legal advice or representation for a special needs family member contact Valerie Powers of Slovak, Baron, Empey, Murphy and Pinkney. I have had a very long relationship with Valerie Powers as my special needs brother’s stay at the home he had been living in for 48 of his 50 years had been legally challenged multiple times and Valerie worked tirelessly to make sure he was not moved. Her care, concern and compassion about some sensitive personal and legal issues made it easy for us to talk openly with her. She went over and above in contacting the appropriate agencies involved and was available very early while practicing from the West Coast, we reside in Connecticut, to weigh in on some very time sensitive issues. We also had the utmost faith that her knowledge of this legal system would ensure us the best possible outcome under the constraints of the law.
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Posted by Kathleen | January 29, 2015
Extraordinary Advocate
I retained Valerie Powers Smith to represent my interests in a trust litigation matter. It was a difficult time for me with very difficult people to deal with. Without a doubt, I would not have made it without her help. She really got every nuance of all the characters and completely understood my position and what I wanted. She guided me through the process legally, and emotionally, explaining the process and my options until I could understand. She supported me, listened and genuinely cared. She is truly a special person and exceptional attorney.
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Posted by Michael | January 24, 2015
Great Attorney
Attorney Powers is extreamly knowledgable in her field of law. She has represented us many times and has always worked out a successful solution. She is always available, returns call promptly and is a pleasure to work with.
Posted by Ria | August 31, 2013
None Better Than Valerie Powers Smith
We just completed conservatorship of our son a few days ago. He was our grandson until we adopted him a few years ago. He has multiple mental disabilities and has undergone 3 open heart surgeries. He is now 18 years of age and considered an adult; hence a conservatorship was necessary so we can legally handle his medical, schooling, financial, needs, etc. When we began asking various resources (including other attorneys) as to who was the best attorney in town to complete a conservatorship, only one name continually popped up - that of Valerie Powers Smith. Valerie is extremely knowledgeable in this field and provided the guidance and understanding we needed during this trying year. There is no better attorney than Valerie in the desert area to handle these matters. She is all of the above plus much more. She keeps you in the loop thru emails, and answers your questions immediately. Valerie will be the attorney we use for estate planning and a special needs trust for our son. It was a pleasure to work with her.
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Posted by Melissa | August 5, 2013
Valerie Powers Smith is a terrific attorney for special needs individuals.
We had a tough case, and did not win, but it was not due to anything Valerie did for us. She was prepared and organized and turned over every stone. If we had enough money to continue, I believe she could have won the Supreme Court Appeal. She is a terrific attorney. It was refreshing to not have to start at the beginning. She "gets" it.
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Posted by Robert | July 3, 2013
A True Professional in Every Way
As both a client of and a co-presenter on developmental disabilities health insurance with Valerie Powers Smith, I recommend her not only on the four categories mentioned above, but for her sincere devotion to families affected by autism and other developmental disabilities, her understanding of all involved issues and her ability to quickly focus attention towards a speedy and successful resolution. As a parent of a son with autism, I know and appreciate the need for knowledgeable and decisive legal representation and Valerie Powers Smith is superb in her field of practice.
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Posted by Missy | May 19, 2013
Valerie Powers gave me the hope and confidence I needed to plan a stable future for my special needs child
I heard about Valerie Powers through Easter Seals of South East PA. I have a 6 year old daughter that has special needs and she attends Easter Seals. Through the generosity of Easter Seals and Valerie, they offered free consultation for future planning. I had just gone through a divorce and was left alone with a disabled daughter. Meeting with Valerie gave me hope and confidence that I could make the right decisions for my daughter. I continued to work with Valerie to set up a long term plan and trust for my daughter so even if something happened to me, she would still be taken care of. During this process I hit many rough times, Valerie was very patient with me and worked with me. Everything is complete, and I have peace of mind. One less thing I have to worry about in my hectic life I have referred her to several people I know that would benefit from Valerie’s services. . I am very grateful to have met Valerie, It is never easy planning the what ifs, and she made it a easy pleasant process . Missy R.
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Posted by kimberleyyang | April 26, 2013
Class Act and the Excellent Attorney
Ms. Powers-Smith is an example of a competent, thorough, honest and hardworking attorney. She is not only excellent at her craft, but she truly cares about her clients and the work she presents. Her reputation is stellar and she is a true professional. She handled our adoption for our son and it went without any complications and she was thorough with the paperwork. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Beverlyn | April 6, 2012
Super Exceptional Lawyer
There are no words that can express our gratitude for the dedication and superior work of Valerie Powers Smith. It is because of her skillful and outstanding legal representation that many young medically fragile children continue to receive the set of healthcare services that they need. Children's Medical Daycare serves the most vulnerable residents in the inner-city of Trenton, New Jersey. Specifically, we serve children between the ages of birth to 4 with special healthcare needs. The hallmark of our program is that we serve children that live under challenging social circumstances that place them at risk of medical neglect. Most of the parents of our children are teenagers and young adults with very little resources and education. The medical daycare serves as a safety net for young medically fragile children and a hub of support for the young parents and families that struggle to render care. One day our medical daycare received a call from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services informing us that 53 of the 70 children that attended the program were disqualified from receiving services and could no longer attend the program. Needless to say, we were bombarded with calls and letters from desperate parents and families begging us not to discontinue services. One parent wrote: "There have been many nights when I have stayed up to make sure that my baby was breathing and many nights that I had to spend in the hospital while leaving my other children at home. If it wasn't for Children's Medical Daycare I wouldn't have a job right now. So I write this letter pleading my case that we [my daughter and I] need this center. We need the staff." Understanding that our parents would not be in a position to effectively advocate for their children to remain in the program, we called on Valerie Powers Smith. We will forever be grateful to her for not only taking all 53 cases, but fighting each and every one tooth and nail to the very end. She seamlessly filed for 53 Fair Medicaid Hearings within a matter of days! Ultimately because of her fierce advocacy and brilliant legal representation ALL of the cases were dropped and the children were able to continue to attend our medical daycare! The lives of the following children are better because of Valerie's work. Their parents and families have all expressed their heartfelt appreciation. A. Wadley-Ruthledge A. Spotwood A. Scott A. Saunders A. McBride A. Houston-Parks A. Hill A. Hayward A. Blanche B. Champion-Allen C. Williams C. Trent C. Ortiz D. Saunders D. Ramos D. McDuffie D. Cloyd D. Miner D. Miner E. Noncent E. Johnson F. Thompson F. Grier I. Candya-Richardson J. Houston-Parks J. Scott J. Roberts J. McDuffie-Miller J. Brown-Louis J. Barnes J. Anderson K. Lilly K. Jean- Pierre K. Bethea K. Barnes K. Ashe L. Jones M. Williams N. Rattley N. Enis O. Waugh O. Benning P. Rice Q. Young R. Rattley S. McDuffie T. James T. Burrell Y. Taylor Y. Jean-Pierre Y. Acosta Z. Whitacker Z. Taylor Z. Coley Z. Barnes If you are in need of a super exceptional lawyer, and one with compassion and integrity look no further. I speak for the entire Children's Medical Daycare family when I say it is an honor to call Valerie our lawyer and friend.
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Posted by Eliezer | January 26, 2012
Respectful, Thorough, Trustworthy, and Responsive
Valerie's strengths can be summed up into these words: Respectful, Thorough, Trustworthy, Responsive. Valerie showed genuine interest in the case and her problem solving methods reflect her best intentions -- that is succeeding in the best interest of her client(s). I've known and have been privileged to work with Valerie for a few years now. She took complicated issues in my case, scalpeled her way through it, and at the end of the day offered a fair solution that I was happy with. She treated me like a good friend and with total respect. Her communication skills (with emails) were almost as instantaneous as having a dedicated one-to-one chat. She always kept me informed in a timely fashion. The latter I find important given today's available communication tools (email on smartphones and i-devices). I highly recommend Valerie and will continue to recommend her to my friends, relatives and colleagues.
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Posted by Jill | January 26, 2012
Helped my son with multiple disabilities get Private Duty Nursing
Excellent in dealing with New Jersey Insurance and Medicaid law when dealing with a child with disabilities.
Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2012
Excellent!
She played a pivotal role in enabling my special needs daughter to obtain much needed services on two separate occasions. Highly recommend!
Posted by Jackie | January 25, 2012
Very Pleased
Valerie helped us to gain guardianship of our special needs son. She is very knowledgeable of special needs laws and was sensitive to our challenges and concerns.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 395-395 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney, LLP
  • 2010 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Hinkle, Fingles & Prior
  • 2004 - 2010
  • Managing Attorney
  • New Jersey Protection & Advocacy, Inc.
  • 1998 - 2004
  • In-house Counsel
  • Metlife & The New England Co.
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Widener University School Of Law Clinic
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Law Clerk
  • Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
  • 1996 - 1996
  • Research Assistant
  • Widener University School Of Law
  • 1995 - 1997
  • In-house counsel intern
  • Grand View Hospital
  • 1995 - 1995
  • Summer intern (in connection with GVH)
  • Grim, Biehn, Thatcher & Helf
  • 1995 - 1995
  • Political Science Intern
  • New Jersey Common Cause
  • 1993 - 1993
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Education

  • Widener Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Rider University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994
  • Pennridge High School
  • H.S. diploma
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • Minor Pediatric Day Care clients v. State of New Jersey
  • Victory for all 53 clients to continue to receive their medically necessary care in the pediatric day care setting

Associations

  • Leadership Coachella Valley
  • Treasurer
  • 2016 - Present
  • Variety of the Desert
  • Secretary
  • 2016 - Present
  • Desert Arc
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Desert Arc
  • Vice Chair
  • 2016 - Present
  • Desert Bar Association
  • Probate Section Executive Committee Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Desert AIDS Project
  • Steve Chase Awards Gala Committee, 2016
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Chair, Litigation Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • Variety of the Desert
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - Present
  • Variety of the Desert
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Desert AIDS Project
  • Steering/Advisory Committee - OHW
  • 2015 - Present
  • Leadership Coachella Valley
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - Present
  • Desert ARC
  • Chair, Fund Development Committee
  • 2014 - Present
  • College of the Desert - Planned Giving Council
  • Advisory Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Leadership Coachella Valley
  • Class of 2015
  • 2014 - Present
  • Easter Seals of SE Pennsylvania
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Desert Arc
  • Board of Directors
  • 2013 - Present
  • Desert AIDS Project
  • 100 Women
  • 2013 - Present
  • Easter Seals of SE PA
  • Chair, Audit Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • Women's Leadership Forum of the Coachella Valley
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • CA State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member & on Steering Committee
  • 2011 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Desert Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Desert Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Easter Seals of SE PA
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - Present
  • NJ Turner Syndrome Foundation
  • Legal Consultant
  • 2009 - Present
  • MITO Action
  • Legal Consultant
  • 2008 - Present
  • NJ SPAN's Family Voices council
  • Advisory Board
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Warren-Slaughter-Richard Roemer Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Family Autism Services Network of NJ
  • Advisory Board
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Caregiver's of NJ
  • Advisory Board
  • 2008 - 2012
  • NJ Medical Assistance Advisory Council
  • Governor appointed Board Member
  • 1997 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2017
  • Desert Sun's Best of the Valley Ultimate Pride
  • Finalist - Top Attorney
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2016
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • Cathedral City, Mayor Stanley Henry
  • 2015
  • President's Council
  • Easter Seals of SE PA
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2015
  • Class Speaker, Class of 2015
  • Leadership Coachella Valley
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • City of La Quinta, Mayor Linda Evans
  • 2015
  • U.S. Senate Certificate of Recognition
  • State of California, Senate, Sen. Jeff Stone
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • County of Riverside, John J. Benoit, 4th District Supervisor
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • City of Palm Desert
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • City of Indio, Mayor Lupe Ramos Watson
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Congressional Recognition
  • U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D.
  • 2015
  • CA State Assembly Certificate of Recognition
  • California State Legislature, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, 56th Assembly District
  • 2015
  • CA State Assembly Certificate of Recognition
  • California State Legislature, Chad Mayes, 42nd Assembly District
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Appreciation - Mentor Program
  • Women's Leadership Forum
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Appreciation - Lecturer, "Creditor's Claims"
  • LSI
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life
  • 2014
  • Appreciation for Service -Medical Assistance Advisory Council
  • State of New Jersey
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Legal Secretaries, Inc.
  • 2014
  • President's Council
  • Easter Seals of SE PA
  • 2014
  • President's Council
  • Easter Seals of SE PA
  • 2013
  • Woman Leader
  • CV Weekly
  • 2013
  • Appreciation for Fundraising - Powers Smith Foundation
  • Desert AIDS Project
  • 2013
  • President's Council
  • Easter Seals of SE PA
  • 2012
  • Appreciation for Fundraising - Powers Smith Foundation
  • Desert Arc
  • 2012
  • Appreciation for Fundraising - Powers Smith Foundation
  • Desert Arc
  • 2011
  • President's Council
  • Easter Seals of SE PA
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation - Assisting 911 Victims
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Appreciation for Generous Support
  • DFDD
  • 2010
  • President's Council
  • Easter Seals of SE PA
  • 2010
  • Dean's List
  • Widener University School of Law
  • 1997
  • Dean's List
  • Widener University School of Law
  • 1996
  • Dean's List
  • Widener University School of Law
  • 1995
  • President's Award Nominee
  • Rider University
  • 1994
  • Baccalaureate Honors
  • Rider University
  • 1994
  • Homecoming Court
  • Rider University
  • 1994
  • Dean's List
  • Rider University
  • 1994
  • Dean's List
  • Rider University
  • 1993
  • Dean's List
  • Rider University
  • 1992
  • Dean's List
  • Rider University
  • 1991
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Publications

  • Valerie A. Powers Smith; NJ ICLE
  • Interplay of NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities & Medicaid
  • 2015
  • Valerie A. Powers Smith
  • CA Trust Accountings
  • 2014
  • Valerie A. Powers Smith
  • Federal Health Insurance Reform: A Preliminary Overview
  • 2010
  • News from Autism Family Srvs. of NJ
  • Social Security Administration Benefits Available for People with Disabilities"
  • 2010
  • The Arc of NJ, Healthy Times
  • The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities' Amended Community Care Waiver
  • 2010
  • Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • Estate Planning & Guardianship for Families with Special Needs
  • 2010
  • Autism New Jersey
  • Health Care Resources: Access & Funding for Autism, An Informational Guide for Families
  • 2010
  • Desert Friends of the Developmentally Disabled
  • Guardianship & Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • Autism Family Services of NJ
  • What is a "Developmental Disability" Under the Recent NJ Health Insurance Mandate for the Treatment of Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities?
  • 2010
  • Spina Bifida Resource Network
  • Guardianship
  • 2010
  • Valerie A. Powers Smith
  • Future Planning Considerations for Families with Special Needs
  • 2010
  • Autism Family Services of NJ
  • An Update on The New Jersey Insurance Reform Act
  • 2010
  • Valerie A. Powers Smith
  • The Insurance Reform Act
  • 2010
  • Disability & the Law
  • Trust Administration: A Vital Consideration
  • 2009
  • Disability & the Law
  • Major Changes to the Real Life Choices Program
  • 2009
  • Disability & the Law
  • Exploring Benefits from the Social Security Administration for People with Disabilities
  • 2009
  • Family Voices of New Jersey
  • Health Care Advocacy Across the Lifespan: What Parents of Children with Disabilities Need to KNow
  • 2009
  • Healthy Times, The Arc of NJ
  • What Social Security Benefits are Available for People with Disabilities?
  • 2008
  • Disability & the Law
  • Coverage of Autism-Related Services in Pennsylvania
  • 2008
  • Disability & the Law
  • Maximize the Value of Your Special Needs Trust by Ensuring Professional Oversight
  • 2008
  • Healthy Times, The Arc of New Jersey
  • Helping a Grandchild with a Disability
  • 2008
  • Valerie A. Powers Smith
  • What Can Grandparents Do? How Proper Planning Can Help Your Grandchild with a Disability
  • 2008
  • COSAC
  • Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide to Services in New Jersey
  • 2008
  • Valerie A. Powers Smith
  • Planning for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Legal Considerations for Siblings and Other Caregivers in Pennsylvania
  • 2008
  • Valerie A. Powers Smith
  • Recent Appeal Won Against the State Health Benefits Commission
  • 2007
  • The Arc of New Jersey
  • A Guide to Community-Based Services and Supports for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
  • 2007
  • The Arc of NJ, Healthy Times
  • New Jersey Medicaid
  • 2007
  • COSAC
  • Adults with Autism: The COSAC Guide to Services and Supports in New Jersey
  • 2006
  • The Arc of New Jersey, Healthy Times
  • Types of Healthcare Coverage & Coordination of Coverage
  • 2006
  • Special Olympics of New Jersey
  • Understanding Your Health Care Coverage Insurance & Appeal Rights: A Guide for Parents of Children with Intellectual Disabilities
  • 2005
  • Disability & the Law
  • Changes in the Laws Governing Financial Liability & Institutional Liens for Persons Treated at State and County Psychiatric Facilities
  • 2005
  • Disability & the Law
  • Changes in the Law for Mental Health Treatment: Who Can Authorize, Child or Parent?
  • 2005
  • PLAN-NJ
  • Legal Considerations in Planning for People with Special Needs: A Guide for Siblings and other Decision-Makers
  • 2005
  • Disability & the Law
  • The Role of Medicaid Funding for DDD Clients Residing at Home
  • 2005
  • The Arc of NJ, Healthy Times
  • Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services and Appeal Rights
  • 2005
  • Disability & the Law
  • Termination of Life Sustaining Treatment
  • 2005
  • Disability & the Law
  • Changes Involving SSI
  • 2005
  • Disability & the Law
  • Overview of Health Care Issues
  • 2005
  • The Arc of NJ, Healthy Times
  • Medicaid's EPSDT Program
  • 2005
  • Disability & the Law
  • Real Life Choices & The Medicaid-funded Community Care Waiver (CCW)
  • 2004
  • Managed Health Care Consumer Assistance Program
  • To Your Health: Your Consumer Rights in Managed Health Care
  • 2001
  • NJP&A's MCCAP
  • Grievance and Appeal Rights: Medicaid Managed Care
  • 2001
  • NJP&A's MCCAP
  • Grievance and Appeal Rights: Medicare Managed Care
  • 2001
  • NJP&A's MCCAP
  • Grievance and Appeal Rights: Private Insurance
  • 2001
  • NJP&A's MCCAP
  • Overview of Grievance and Appeal Rights
  • 2001
  • NJP&A's MCCAP
  • Overview of Healthcare Issues
  • 2001
  • NJP&A's MCCAP
  • Medicaid Managed Care & Due Process - 10 part series
  • 2001
  • NJP&A's MCCAP
  • Medicare & Medigap Basics
  • 2001
  • NJP&A's MCCAP
  • Medicare Appeal Rights
  • 2001
  • NJP&A's MCCAP
  • Appeals & Complaints
  • 2001
  • NJP&A's MCCAP
  • Managed Care: Overview of Grievance and Appeals Rights
  • 2000
  • NJ Common Cause magazine
  • Savings & Loan
  • 1993
  • Autism New Jersey
  • Medicaid and Its Important Role in Funding Services and Supports for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • LSI Annual Conference
  • Special Needs Considerations
  • 2016
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Elder and Disability Law Section
  • Interplay of NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities & Medicaid
  • 2015
  • LSI Annual Conference
  • CA Trust Accountings
  • 2014
  • Desert Arc Parents' Dinner
  • Special Needs Trust
  • 2014
  • Difficult Conversations About (series)
  • Estate Planning & Trusts
  • 2014
  • Estate Planning Considerations: Estate & Trusts, Tax and Financial
  • Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Estate Planning discussion with Marshall Gilbert
  • Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Estate Planning discussion with Steve Kelly
  • Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Estate Planning Considerations for the Special Needs Family
  • Estate Planning/Special Needs Trusts
  • 2013
  • Monthly radio appearance
  • Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Special Needs Considerations
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • 2013
  • Difficult Conversations About (series)
  • Estate Planning, Trusts
  • 2013
  • Desert Estate Planning Council: 3/13/12
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • 2012
  • Autism Mandate under New State Healthcare Insurance Laws
  • Healthcare
  • 2012
  • Estate Planning Considerations for the Special Needs Family
  • Estate Planning
  • 2012
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • 2012
  • Special Needs Trusts and Estate Planning for Special Needs
  • Special Needs Trusts/Estate Planning
  • 2012
  • Navigating the Healthcare System
  • Healthcare
  • 2012
  • Special Needs Trust and Estate Planning
  • Special Needs Trusts/Estate Planning
  • 2012
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • 2012
  • Special Considerations for the Family Law Attorney when Divorce Involves a Family Member with Special Needs
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • 2012
  • Desert Arc Caregivers & Parents Luncheon: 4/11/12
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • 2012
  • Advocacy Across the Lifespan: What Caregivers Needs to Know
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • 2011
  • Health Care Advocacy Across the Lifespan
  • Healthcare
  • 2011
  • Estate Planning & Guardianship for Families with Special Needs
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • A Lifetime of Advocacy: What Individuals and Families Living with Turner Syndrome Need to Know
  • Turner Syndrome
  • 2011
  • Healthcare Advocacy Across the Lifespan
  • Healthcare
  • 2011
  • Future Planning: Trust and Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • A Lifetime of Advocacy: What Individuals and Families Living with Turner Syndrome Need to Know
  • Turner Syndrome
  • 2010
  • NJ Healthcare Insurance Autism Mandate
  • Healthcare
  • 2010
  • Autism New Jersey Annual Conference
  • Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • Health Care Advocacy, 2-part lecture series
  • Healthcare
  • 2010
  • National Caregivers Annual Conference
  • Healthcare
  • 2010
  • Robert Wood Johnson Health Care Lecture 21-part series
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Valerie
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Valerie is an incredibly talented, hardworking and dedicated attorney, whose experience and outcomes speak for themselves. I am extremely honored to work with and learn from her. She is a mentor both in her personal and professional life, and I recommend her without hesitation. No one better to serve your estate planning needs."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Valerie is an exceptional attorney. She is smart, hard working, and a dedicated and committed advocate for her clients. I consider Valerie to be my mentor, and cannot speak highly enough of her knowledge, expertise, and work ethic."
Trusts Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Valerie Powers-Smith. She holds emmense knowledge in the unique area of Special Needs Trusts. Her compassion and experience makes her a strong advocate for her clients. I am proud to consider Valerie a colleague and without question, endorse her fine skills as an attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Valerie is an outstanding lawyer and well respected member of the local community. It is an honor and pleasure to be associated with Valerie and I regularly entrust my clients to her. I wholeheartedly endorse Valerie."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Valerie is a smart, well qualified, hard working attorney who cost effectively serves the needs of her corporate and individual clients. Valerie is known for listening to her clients and applying her particular expertise in estate and family matters ranging from special needs trusts to same-sex couple planning. Valerie proudly serves her community as well through the ongoing charitable work of the Powers-Smith Foundation."
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Palm Springs Elder law Lawyer Valerie A Powers Smith
Valerie A Powers Smith
Elder law Attorney
Palm Springs, CA
Licensed for 24 years