Eric Goldberg- Certified Elder Law Attorney
Eric Goldberg 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 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
Nothing happens at Goldberg Law Group until Clelia Pergola says so. 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.
Clelia is a caregiver to her Nonna 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.
Adam P. Dubeck, Esq. – Dubeck & Miller – Of Counsel
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 intake process by gathering important personal information and walking prospective 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. When clients call looking for answers, Jess is here to direct them to the right team member.
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 plans to earn her CALA in April of 2017. She excitedly joined 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 oversees.
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
As head of the Estate Administration services, Toni Brooks’ work includes the general gathering of important documents such as:
• Bank statements from the date of death,
• Copies of Life insurance policies,
• Copies of creditor statements/bills,
• Copies of estate expenses (funeral, court, administrative deeds from the client, etc.)
On the client’s behalf, Toni can communicate with and manage their relationship with banks, lending houses, the NJ Division of Taxation, the surrogate court, creditors and accounting firms. She prides herself in maintaining communication with our clients via phone, e-mail and conferences during the entire estate administration process. Goldberg Law Group offers an array of estate administration services designed to assist our clients through those processes.
Marlena Zanakis – Executive Assistant
Marlena is usually the first person you speak to when calling Goldberg Law Group. She makes sure that you feel at home when you come into the office, and helps the firm run as efficiently as possible. She comes from a customer service background and is still always in that mindset, making sure that everyone receives responses in a timely manner and gets the help they need. 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.