Beth C. Manes has been practicing law for over 25 years. She resides in Essex County, with her husband, several dogs, and whichever adult children are home at the time. Beth loves to travel; her favorite vacations are on a bicycle, in a tent, or observing animals not typically found in New Jersey.
Beth started her career in corporate law but didn’t like the impersonal nature of the practice and decided to change direction. After a few more turns in her career path, Beth searched for the field of law where she could have the most impact and discovered a love for special needs advocacy and planning.
Her practice concentrates in Special Education Law, Special Needs Planning, Guardianships and Estate Planning. She has lectured to attorneys and taught several continuing legal education courses including: “Divorce and the Special Needs Child,” “Planning for Unemancipated Adult Children in a Divorce,” and “The Effect of Divorce on Estate Planning.”
Beth finds it so satisfying to help parents get to the point where they know that they can provide for their child not only during his teen and adult years, but even later in life after they are gone. She also works with her clients to establish guardianships to protect their children while giving them the amount of independence they can handle. Helping these families is truly rewarding to Beth, and it has become clear that this is the field for her.
There’s nothing Beth loves more than helping a family go from feelings of despair and guilt to feelings of relief and optimism knowing that everything is in place and they can relax and enjoy time with their loved ones.