Our Team

Richard D. Meinders, Esq.

Richard “Chip” Meinders graduated from Rutgers Law School in 1983. After completing a judicial clerkship in 1985, he has served individuals and couples, the elderly, public bodies, and small businesses by providing reliable and dependable legal counsel for more than 25 years. He is a founding member of the Lakehurst Historical Society and he presents monthly legal forums at the Jackson Township Senior Center. He is a member of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce and an inductee of the Jackson Memorial Hall of Fame. Chip lives in Toms River with his wife and two sons, and enjoys reading about history, philosophy, and the physical sciences.

Ann Marie Hodgson

Ann Marie has been with us for 25 years. She works primarily with Estate Planning clients, and has experience in every field the law firm practices. Ann Marie is also the general bookkeeper. She lives by the bay with her husband and daughter and is an avid reader.

Dawnmarie Hare

Dawnmarie has been with us since 1998. She is Mr. Meinders’ primary Real Estate paralegal, working with Mr. Meinders from the beginning of Attorney Review through to the closing date, and handling post-closing issues. She has lived in Ocean County most of her life, and currently resides in Barnegat with her family.

Joshua Hartwell

Joshua has been with our office since 2009, working as Mr. Meinders legal assistant for Estate Administration matters, the in-house tech-support, and the webmaster of this website. He also assists Mr. Meinders with Estate Planning, and Real Estate. He studied Computer Science and Mathematics prior to working with us. He was born and raised in Lakewood, where he currently resides.

Blake Conti

Blake joined us in 2014 and is Mr. Meinders’s assistant for Real Estate. He had previously studied Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics at Rutgers University. He currently lives in Brick, NJ.

Chris Meinders

Chris Meinders is Richard Meinders second son. He studied culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. He is studying for the L-SATs and plans to attend law school. He assists with Medicaid, Estate Planning, Estate Administration, and Real Estate.

About Us

“My goal has always been to provide courteous and professional service, so that each and every client receives the quality of service and the degree of personal attention that I would want for my own family.”
— Richard D. Meinders, Esq.

Experienced, Caring, and Professional Service

We are a boutique firm dedicated to providing the highest level of professional legal services in many legal areas, including Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Estate Planning, Probate, Home Purchases and Sales, Refinances, Business Formation and Succession, Contracts, and Real Estate.

Building Relationships

For more than 30 years, I have formed close relationships with my clients by taking the time to get to know them and their needs. In many cases, I have become the “family lawyer” and have had the pleasure of serving multiple generations of one family.

Serving Individuals, the Elderly, Public Bodies and Small Businesses

Whether we are helping a young couple buy their first home, negotiating a multimillion dollar public-private joint venture, helping elderly clients evaluate their long term care options, or handling a complex matter for a small business owner, our dedication to the highest level of professional care remains the same.

Versatile Service

There is no matter that we consider to be too large or too small. We have represented public bodies, developers, corporations, LLCs, banks, municipal utilities authorities (MUAs), an Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ), home buyers, trusts for disabled children, a variety of small businesses, and numerous individuals and senior citizens.

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