Crystal West Edwards

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Crystal West Edwards is a Principal in the Wealth Preservation Group and brings extensive experience in the areas of elder law and special needs planning and counseling. A Certified Elder Law Attorney by the ABA accredited National Elder Law Foundation, Crystal focuses her practice on elder law, special needs planning and advocacy, estate planning and estate administration.

Crystal is highly experienced working with the legal problems of aging individuals and those with disabilities. Crystal counsels seniors, individuals with special needs and their families with issues pertaining to complex estate and tax planning, asset preservation, eligibility for means-tested government benefits, fiduciary appointments and representation and advocacy. She is also a trusted advisor to financial institutions and corporate fiduciaries with judicial and administrative accountings and counseling regarding initial or continued means-tested government benefits eligibility for its trust beneficiaries.

Crystal is a sought after speaker and has authored numerous publications on the topics of elder and disability law, estate planning, special need trusts and government agencies.

She was honored in 2012 by the State of New Jersey with a Senate Resolution for "her meritorious history of professional leadership and exemplary dedication" and in 2014, she received the 2014 Young Lawyer Award from the Garden State Bar Association for her “exceptional commitment to the GSBA, the Community & the Elder and Disability Law Bar.” She is a member of the Board of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).

Honors & Awards
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers® New Jersey Monthly, Elder Law, 2019
  • "Top Lawyers," Wills, Trusts, Estates, Probate; Morris/Essex Health & Life Magazine, 2019
  • "Top Lawyers," Elder Law; Morris/Essex Health & Life Magazine, 2018 
  • AV® rated, by Martindale-Hubbell® for legal ability and professional ethics, based upon a peer review of the Bar and the Judiciary
  • Distinguished Leader Award Recipient; New Jersey Law Journal, 2017
  • Top Women in Law, New Jersey Law Journal, 2016
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), ABA-accredited National Elder Law Foundation
  • Young Lawyer Award Recipient, Garden State Bar Association, 2014 
  • State of New Jersey Senate Recognition for professional leadership and exemplary dedication
  • New Jersey Rising Stars®, New Jersey Monthly, Elder Law
  • "New Leaders of the Bar," New Jersey Law Journal, 2014 

 

Publications & Presentations
  • Co-moderated the 18th, 19th and 20th Annual Elder and Disability Law Symposium, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE), New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Co-authored, the Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Individuals with Special Needs
  • “Administration of Special Needs Trusts,” NJICLE, New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • “Elderly Immigrants and Language Loss,” NJICLE, Princeton, New Jersey
  • “How to Deal with Government Agencies and Nursing Homes when Applying for Government Benefits,” NJICLE, Iselin, New Jersey
Organizations and Memberships
  • Board of Directors, NAELA
  • General Council Executive Committee, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Diversity and Inclusion Trusted Advisors, Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University
  • Board of Directors of the Dickinson Law Alumni Society of the Pennsylvania State Alumni Association
  • Past President, New Jersey Chapter, NAELA
  • Past President, Garden State Bar Association
  • Life Member, Garden State Bar Association
  • Member, National Bar Association
  • Member, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
  • Member, Advisory Board to the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney by ABA Accredited National Elder Law Foundation
  • Member, Cathedral International, Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Former Adjunct Faculty Member, Kean University, Union, New Jersey

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Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey (2008)
  • Pennsylvania (2008)
  • United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (2009)
  • United States District Court of New Jersey (2008)

Education

University of North Carolina (Charlotte), Charlotte, NC, cum laude; B.A., Political Science and Criminal Justice, 2005

Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, PA, J.D., 2008

Contact Address

100 Southgate Parkway

Morristown, NJ 07962-1997

Phone: 973.889.4263

Fax: 973.380.0644