Darren Mills, Esq.
Throughout his career, Darren has been a frequent speaker on various topics including social security, taxes, and estate planning. In addition, he has authored numerous articles that have appeared in professional journals. Darren has taught graduate tax classes on Estate and Gift Taxation, Federal Income Taxation of Trusts & Estates, and S Corporations. In addition to formal education, he continually challenges himself to learn and grow so that he can use that knowledge to make a difference in the lives of his clients.
Darren obtained his B.S. in Accounting and J.D. from Seton Hall University. He also has a Masters in Taxation from Fairleigh Dickinson University where he was inducted into Tau Alpha Chi, a national tax honor society.
On a personal note, Darren has been married for 25-years. He and his wife have two daughters and two dogs. Darren belongs to the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, Academy of Special Needs Planners, ElderLawAnswers, Knights of Columbus and is a supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association and St. Vicent DePaul’s.
As a licensed attorney in the States of Arizona, New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a Certified Public Accountant in the States of Arizona and New Jersey as well as a holder of the ChFC® and CLU® designations from The American College, Darren has the qualifications, desire and commitment to assist you and your family. Through personal experiences of his mother dealing with dementia and Parkinson’s; witnessing the effects of his uncle’s Alzheimer’s affliction and its impact on the family; and his sister becoming permanently disabled, Darren became interested in Elder Law and Special Needs Planning.
With the onset of dementia and Parkinson’s, Darren’s mother was concerned about ending up in a nursing home and started to “spend down” her assets. This proved to be an unnecessary and wasteful plan as Darren was able to assist his mother in uncovering the fact that she had converted a group long-term care insurance policy upon retirement to an individual policy. That policy enabled the family to help cover a significant portion of the costs incurred prior to her passing.
Melissa Balestra is a Paralegal with Mills Elder Law. Missy assists in all client matters and is a key point of contact for many of our clients.
Missy grew up in a beauty shop with her grandmother. Many of her grandmother’s customers would often say that Missy had an “old soul”. At the age of eight, she enjoyed hearing the stories of how it was ‘back in the day’.
In one of her first Estate Administration/Probate matters, Missy remembers how she was impacted at the loss her client experienced. Ever since then she makes a point of it to send cards to help lift their spirits. Everyone at some point in their life is going to lose someone close to them. When that time comes, it is devastating to the loved ones left behind. Often, the question then arises, “What is next?” and that can be daunting. Missy enjoys being that person who assures them she will be there one hundred percent along the way to help with the ‘what’s next’.
Being there for clients through such a hard process gives her great satisfaction. It is there that I had found my calling – assisting others in their time of need whether it be estate administration or applying for Medicaid.
There are too many people in this world who have no family, no trusted friends or advisors. Some people never get married, some never have kids. They have watched everyone in their family pass on. No matter what your situation, Missy is there for you every step of the way.