Begley Law Group Names Ordog and Behrens Partners
Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2014 – Begley Law Group attorneys Ethan Ordog and Kristen Behrens have both been named partners at the Moorestown elder and disability law firm, effective immediately.
Joining senior partner Thomas Begley, Jr. on the leadership team, both Ordog and Behrens will continue to serve their existing Begley Law Group clients, providing expert legal services in their respective practice areas.
“We are fortunate to have these two respected attorneys already on our team, able to step into leadership roles,” Begley said. “We help our clients prepare for the future, and this change is a key part of Begley Law Group’s plan to help ensure a strong future for our firm.”
Ethan Ordog joined Begley Law Group in 2009, concentrating his practice in Guardianship and Estate and Trust Litigation and Administration. He is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. “Becoming a partner here is a tremendous opportunity,” Ordog said. “The history of Begley Law Group is second to none in the areas of elder and disability law, and I look forward to helping our firm grow and continue to serve our community.”
Kristen Behrens came to Begley Law Group in 2011. She is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Behrens is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania State Bar Associations and of the Philadelphia and Burlington County Bar Associations. “I’m thrilled to become a partner at Begley Law Group,” she said. “We have an excellent team, and we are well positioned to continue to provide exceptional legal and planning services for current and future clients.”
Behrens earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Mary Washington and a law degree from Drexel University. In addition to law practice, Kristen volunteers with the Junior League of Philadelphia, the National Kidney Foundation and the MS Foundation.
Ordog received his law degree from Roger Williams School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island. Ethan completed his undergraduate studies at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, graduating cum laude with a political science degree.
Begley Law Group, P.C.
509 S. Lenola Road, Building 7
Moorestown, NJ 08057
- THE ALTERNATIVE TO A SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST IN PERSONAL INJURY CASES
1. Is the Trust Necessary? Are public benefits, such as SSI and Medicaid, important to the client? The attorney must consider the restrictions on distributions. There are three important factors that must e considered before determining to use a self-settled special needs trust: Sole Benefit of Rule. Distributions from self-settled special needs trusts must meet the “sole benefit of” rule. This means that distributions can only be made for the beneficiary of the trust. This is frequently a problem with family members who tend to look at the personal injury settlement as the family bank account. Payback Rules. Under federal [...]
- USE OF CREDIT CARDS AND GIFT CARDS IN ADMINISTERING A SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST
[This article was originally printed in the Straight Word, a publication of the Burlington County Bar Association.] In administering a special needs trust, it is crucial that the trustee not advance cash to the beneficiary. Historically, beneficiaries have sent their bills to the trustee for payment. An easier way to accomplish this objective is to obtain a credit card for the trust beneficiary. If the beneficiary has good credit, the card can be obtained in the beneficiary’s name. If the beneficiary does not have good credit or is a minor or is incapacitated, a credit card could be obtained in [...]
- PROTECTING YOUR ASSETS FROM CREDITORS: ARE YOU BULLET-PROOF? PART 1
[This article was originally printed in the Barrister, a publication of the Camden County Bar Association in November, 2014.] Many business and professional people, including lawyers, have worked a long time and accumulated significant assets. There is an old saying: “It not what you earn, it is what you keep.” We live in a litigious society. Business and professional people have significant exposure to claims from creditors, because of the activities in which they engage and because they have assets and, therefore, make good targets. This is the first of a three-part article exploring strategies to protect hard-earned assets from [...]