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Renata A. Mizak Esq.

Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP

Renata A. Mizak Esq.

Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP

Renata A. Mizak Esq.

Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP

Renata A. Mizak, Esq. is a Partner at Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP.  Renata is the Chair of the firm's Trusts & Estates and Elder Law Practice Groups.

Renata has spent more than ten years practicing Estate & Tax Planning, Estate & Trust Administration, Estate &Trust Litigation, Elder Law & Care Planning (including Medicaid), Guardianships and Conservatorships, as well as Special Needs and Disability Law. Renata is also admitted to practice in Pennsylvania.

Renata's experience includes representing executors, administrators, trustees and heirs; assisting with all aspects of administering an estate from probate or administration to final distribution, preparing federal and state estate tax returns, estate accountings, and implementing strategies to minimize estate taxation including using disclaimers and trusts. She has also prepared estate planning documents including wills, powers of attorneys, healthcare directives and all forms of trusts (revocable living, special needs, income-only, family and other). Additionally, she has represented Medicaid applicants, disabled and elderly individuals and their family members.

Renata received her B.A. in Political Science with Pre-Law and Paralegal Studies Minors from Montclair State University and her J.D. from New York Law School. She is currently pursuing an L.L.M. in Elder Law and Estate Planning.

She is a member of the Sussex and Morris County Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, National Elder Law Foundation, Federal Bar Association, and Pennsylvania Bar Association.

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We are a dynamic northern New Jersey law firm dedicated to the well-being and best interests of all of our clients. When you present your legal issue to Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP, you will receive the prompt attention of attorneys and legal staff who have the knowledge and experience you need to help you. Our attorneys have a combined experience of over 100 years of practice. Many of our attorneys have been listed consistently as New Jersey Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in their practice areas.

Our attorneys have been recognized for their extensive experience in their practice areas and are frequent speakers on legal topics throughout the state of New Jersey and the United States. We have been retained throughout the country to provide legal representation in complex Personal Injury cases, Commercial Litigation cases and cases involving Environmental Law. In addition to New Jersey, most recently, we have been involved in cases in Pennsylvania, New York, Nebraska, Indiana, Illinois, South Carolina and Nevada.

Attorneys at Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP believe in leaving a lasting footprint upon both the legal community and the community at large, and are leaders in and out of the courtroom. Among our lawyers, we have: New Jersey State Bar Association officers and trustees; Past Presidents of the Sussex County Bar Association; current officers and trustees of the Sussex County Bar Association; officers of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce; Board members of Newton Medical Center and SCARC Foundation; trustees of the New Jersey Association of Justice; active members of the Sussex County Economic Development Partnership; New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts; Habitat for Humanity and various other organizations.

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