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Melissa H. Abu-Adas, CELA*

Melissa has been helping clients throughout New Jersey with their estate planning and elder law needs for over a decade. Melissa’s practice focuses on estate planning, elder law, wills, trusts, long-term care planning, Medicaid applications, guardianships, special needs trusts, and estate administration.

Melissa is certified as an elder law attorney by the ABA-accredited National Elder Law Foundation.  Melissa graduated from Rutgers School of Law – Newark where she was a member of the Federal Tax Law Clinic. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Victor Ashrafi in the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division. Melissa is a member of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys where she previously served as President and Legislative Committee Chair. She is also Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association – Elder Law & Disability Section.

Melissa is a frequent speaker for New Jersey and national continuing legal education seminars, including for the National Business Institute and the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Melissa is licensed in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Melissa is a life-long New Jersey resident. She grew up at the Jersey Shore in Toms River, lived in North Jersey while attending Rutgers Law School, and now lives in South Jersey in Cinnaminson with her husband, two children, and two rescue dogs. In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with her kids.

*Certified as an elder law attorney by the ABA-accredited National Elder Law Foundation


Rutgers School of Law – Newark, 2009

Bar Admissions

New Jersey


New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys – Past Board Member, Past President, Past Legislative Chair

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

New Jersey State Bar Association, Elder Law & Disability Section – Secretary

Attorney Melissa Abu-Aas