Eric Goldberg – Certified Elder Law Attorney
Eric Goldberg, CELA is Founder and Principal of the Goldberg Law Group, LLC. He is dedicated to working with his clients on a personal level, and providing them with customized plans that meet their unique needs and goals. Over the years, Eric has learned that the best plans are the result of close collaboration, not only with his clients, but also with other professionals involved in caring for the needs of seniors, special needs adults and children, and veterans. His clients appreciate this approach and consider Eric both a counselor for life and a family friend.
Eric graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in 1990. He earned his law degree from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1994. Currently, he serves on the Felician College Institute for Gerontology External Advisory Board. Eric’s extensive knowledge of the interplay between finance, tax law, and government benefits, together with his compassionate nature, make him uniquely qualified to counsel clients on the complexities of estate and long-term care planning.
Eric is part of the Essex County Bar Association, Elder Counsel, NJ State Bar Association, Financial Planning Association of New Jersey, Health Care Association of New Jersey, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Executive Association of New Jersey, Morris County Chamber of Commerce, National Elder Law Foundation, SuperLawyers and The Long Term Living Association.
He is licensed in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. He is also an Accredited Veterans Benefits Attorney and a Certified Elder Law Attorney.
When not practicing law, Eric is an avid mountain biker and snowboarder and enjoys spending time with his wife, two boys, and Golden Retriever.
Clelia Pergola – Co-Founder/Chief Operating Officer
It is easier to explain what she doesn’t contribute to the firm than what she does. Mrs. Pergola has been with the Goldberg Law Group since before our doors opened and she has been instrumental in the growth of our services and reputation. Clelia designed the firm from the ground up by replacing the antiquated law firm model with a streamlined, procedures-based organization. This revolutionary process allows the attorneys and staff members to accomplish their tasks efficiently without unnecessary distractions and stress. What does this mean for our clients? Fewer errors, better results, and friendlier service.
Clelia is part of Morris County Chamber of Commerce, Women in Business, Executive Association of New Jersey, Health Care Association of New Jersey and The Long Term Living Association. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
Clelia was a caregiver to her Nonna & Nonno and has personally experienced the frustrations and challenges of the long term care system. When not running the firm, Clelia enjoys cooking, rooting for the Jets, reading/learning about business and spending time with her husband and sons, Dante Domenico named after her late grandfather, Domenico Barone and Gino Angelo, named after her great grandfather.
Andrew R. Bronsnick, Esq. – Of Counsel Litigation Attorney – Certified Civil Trial Attorney
Andrew R. Bronsnick helps people throughout New Jersey who have been harmed by the negligent or wrongful actions of others, including automobile accidents, premises liability cases, workers compensation as well as professional malpractice and civil rights litigation.
An experienced and exemplary trial lawyer, Mr. Bronsnick is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. He has recovered millions in awards and settlements for his clients in New Jersey in the last 19 years.
Andrew also litigates on behalf of small businesses and medical practices in state and federal courts on issues including, commercial and partnership disputes, insurance fraud, ERISA litigation and medical compliance issues.
He was recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers from 2013 through 2017 and named to the Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyer List in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. He was also recognized as a Rising Star for seven consecutive years from 2006 to 2012. In 2010, Mr. Bronsnick was named to the 40 Under 40 edition by the New Jersey Law Journal.
Mr. Bronsnick has served as a trustee for the Essex County Bar Association since 2013.
Adam P. Dubeck, Esq. – Of Counsel Guardianship Attorney
Adam P. Dubeck, Esq. is the founder of Dubeck & Miller. He has been practicing law in New Jersey since 2000 and throughout that time has focused his practice, almost exclusively, in the areas of Wills, Estates, Trusts and Elder Law. With such a particular practice, Mr. Dubeck has experienced a large number of matters in these fields, all with their own uniqueness and intricacies. Those experiences provide Mr. Dubeck with a unique understanding of his clients matters and the ability to develop strategies to accomplish their individual goals.
Adam is admitted to practice before all state courts of New Jersey and the United States Tax Court. He is a member of the Guardianship Association of New Jersey, Inc. and is a frequent lecturer on the topics of guardianships of incapacitated persons and estate administration for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He also frequently serves as a mediator for the Essex County estate litigation mediation program.
Adam is a graduate of the University of Maryland (B.A.) and Rutgers School of Law – Camden (J.D.). He also received a Graduate Certificate in Estate, Gift and Trust Taxation from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Jessica Alessi – Office Manager
Jessica controls the new client orientation process by gathering important personal information and walking prospects and new clients through our process. Jessica is also responsible for coordinating Goldberg Law Group’s various departments and helping the attorneys deliver their legal guidance to the client. With Jessica’s close attention to detail she makes sure that each matter is being handled efficiently and in the most timely manner possible. Jessica has the rare ability to discuss complex legal issues while still remaining friendly and upbeat. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
Jessica is a mother of one beautiful little girl, Abigail. She enjoys music, traveling and learning about current issues.
Christina Candido – Client Care Coordinator
Christina first started working with seniors in Northern Italy, where in 2012 she lived and volunteered in a dementia care facility. She then went on to pursue her Master’s degree in Psychological Counseling with a focus on geriatrics and family counseling from Monmouth University. Christina has worked in assisted living communities in Bergen and Essex counties. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer, Aging Life Care Professional, and Certified Assisted Living Administrator. She excitedly joins the firm as a Client Care Coordinator to assist with any changes and challenges faced while planning for the future and caring for loved ones.
Christina also leaves the country once a month for a weekend at a time and makes slide show videos for seniors in the community, creating a sort of “virtual chair travel” experience. She has continued to devote her time to her two passions, elder care and traveling, by volunteering regularly overseas.
Natalie Smith – Paralegal
Natalie has worked in the field of public service and benefits administration for over 10 years. She has worked for New Jersey’s Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services, as a policy analyst for Medicaid eligibility. In addition, Natalie has worked with Medicaid and Social Security recipients as a benefit eligibility coordinator. Natalie has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and her Master of Arts degree in Public Policy from Monmouth University. Natalie is currently pursuing to Master of Business Administration, also from Monmouth University. Natalie has a passion for learning and helping others.
Medicaid Case Manager
Our Medicaid Case Manager has worked for 8 years in the Medicaid field and is experienced with both the public and private sector regarding services for the elderly community. She is very knowledgeable in the process of applying for Medicaid benefits and works with families with compassion as they are dealing with the emotional navigation of the proper placement for their loved ones while applying for Medicaid. She also becomes the liaison between the County Board of Social Services and the families to communicate all the rulings that will pertain to each individual case.
Our Medicaid Paralegal has provided assistance to both private clients and state agencies for over 15 years working in areas such as Guardianship, VA Applications, Medicaid Applications, Court Accountings, Estate Administration and Tax preparation. She has worked with home clients providing personalized assistance with bill payment, medical benefit coordination and other services enabling clients to remain in their homes rather than moving to a residential facility.
Veterans Benefits Paralegal
Our Veterans Benefits Paralegal has worked in the eldercare sector for 10 years. During this time she has gained knowledge in Medicaid and Veteran’s benefits. She has experienced firsthand the process of Veteran’s benefits for her father and son in law, who are decorated war veterans. Her experience enables her to understand the complexities of the Veteran’s benefits application.
Tonisha Brooks – Estate Administration Paralegal
Toni Brooks is the head of our Estate Administration Department for the last 6 years. She has been a paralegal for 15+ years. Toni’s expertise in guiding hundreds of families through the complex issues of modest-to-multi-million dollar estates has contributed greatly to our core Estate Management Practice.
During what is often one of the most difficult times in a family’s life, Toni meticulously guides our families through the process of managing their loved one’s affairs. The process begins with:
- Analysis of the decedent’s Will (if available);
- Identifying who the named executor(s) and named beneficiary(s) are;
- Performing an heir search, if necessary;
- Categorizing, translating, and assembling the decedent’s assets, both individually- and jointly-held;
- Obtaining copies of deeds for property held in the state of New Jersey (NJ) as well outside of NJ;
- Identifying known and unknown creditors;
- Filing of Inheritance/Estate tax returns, then arranging payment of the tax liability (if any);
- Providing an accounting record to all beneficiaries;
- And lastly, making final distributions.
On the client’s behalf, Toni manages the decedent’s assets and communicates with all financial institutions, brokerage firms, and lending houses, thereby arranging for the outstanding creditors to be paid. She then prepares NJ Estate and Inheritance tax returns. Once all aspects of the estate have been addressed and the Inheritance/Estate tax liability (if applicable) has been paid, Toni distributes the assets according to the provisions of the Will.
Toni understands all too well what our clients are going through: she took on the responsibility of managing her own mother’s estate when she passed away a few years ago. She offers an array of estate administration services designed to assist our clients through a very difficult time.
Toni serves each of our clients as if they were one of her own family members. She recognizes her availability to our families is an essential part of the estate administration process. As such, Toni ensures that she is available to our clients via phone, email, and conferences throughout the entire administration of the estate.
Toni is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
Marlena Zanakis – Executive Assistant
Marlena is usually the first person you speak to when calling Goldberg Law Group. When clients call looking for answers, Marlena is here to direct them to the right team member. She helps the firm run as efficiently as possible with her detail oriented personality and her desire to please. She comes from a customer service background and is still always in that mindset, making sure that everyone receives responses and the help they need in a timely manner. She makes sure that visitors feel at home when they arrive and welcomes everyone with a smile. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
Marlena had taken care of her grandfather until he passed away in June 2016 and understands the struggles that come with taking care of a loved one.
Henry – Therapy Dog
Henry is an 12-year-old White Golden Retriever, and the Goldberg Law Group mascot. Described as “the cutest dog in the world” he is known for always being ready to please. Obedient and loyal, Henry puts a smile on everyone’s face. His favorite activities include eating, sleeping, and cuddling.