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James J. Costello, Jr. to Speak at Alzheimer’s New Jersey Conference

James J. Costello, Jr., a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will be a featured speaker at “Alzheimer’s Disease: Approaches to Care,” sponsored by Alzheimer’s New Jersey.  The conference will take place at the Capital Health Medical Center-Hopewell in Pennington on Saturday, September 16, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

The half-day conference for caregivers will provide practical information about how to cope with the unique challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Costello will conduct a session detailing legal and financial planning. To register, please visit http://www.alznj.org.

Costello focuses his practice on estate planning and administration; elder law; litigation and disputes among beneficiaries; general federal and state tax law and controversies; and the formation, dissolution, purchase and sale of all types of closely-held business entities.

He represents individuals in all aspects of general and sophisticated estate planning, including drafting wills, lifetime and testamentary trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives, prenuptial agreements and co-habitation agreements, employing sophisticated strategies when warranted matters include family limited liability companies (“LLCs”), sales to intentionally defective grantor trusts, spousal lifetime access trusts (“SLATS”), dynasty trusts and charitable trusts.  His representation of fiduciaries covers all aspects of estate and trust administration, including preparation and filing of federal and state estate and income tax returns; representation in IRS and New Jersey Division of Taxation audits; litigation and disputes among beneficiaries; preparation and filing of federal and state estate and inheritance tax returns; and defending those returns on audit.

Costello has published articles and lectured extensively to civic and professional groups about a variety of estate planning, elder law and tax law topics.  He is a former Trustee and Advisory Board Council member of the Alzheimer’s New Jersey (formerly known as the Greater New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association), and a former Trustee and Secretary of the Bernardsville Library Foundation, Inc. and currently serves on the Vestry of the Church of St. John on the Mountain in Bernardsville.  Costello earned his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law and his M.L.T. from Georgetown University Law Center.