Robert J. Romano, Jr., was born in the Bronx, New York, on November 1, 1950. He attended Villanova University (B.A., 1972) and St. John's University (J.D., 1978). He served as Law Secretary to the Honorable Paul R. Huot, J.S.C., 1978-1979. He was Public Defender, Borough of Ramsey, 1980-1983; Prosecutor, Township of River Vale, 1982-1983; Prosecutor, Borough of Closter, 1984-1986 and 1991; Public Defender, Borough of Closter, 1986-1994 and Public Defender, Borough of Haworth, 1988-1994. He has been practicing law for over 36 years. He has been involved in elder law for more than 20 years.
Mr. Romano is a member of the New Jersey State and Bergen County Bar Associations and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He is also a member of the Elder Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar.
Mr. Romano works with clients to protect their assets including Medicaid planning as well as estate planning. He also prepares the necessary legal documents on their behalf, such as Durable Financial Powers of Attorney, Medical Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Special Needs Trusts, Wills and Tax Trusts. His practice also includes estate administration.
Mr. Romano provides presentations on health care law to the community as well as to healthcare providers. A list of past and present presentations can be found on this website on our Seminars page. He has in the past provided classes to the general public with reference to Advance Directives and Medicaid planning through the Adult Education Programs of Bergen Community College, Warren County College, and Sussex County College. In addition, he assists various nursing homes and hospitals with the fulfillment of their obligations under The New Jersey Advance Directives for Health Care Act and The Patient Self Determination Act.
Mr. Romano's classes are accredited by the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners, the Commission for Case Manager Certification and the Licensed Nursing Home Administration.
Mr. Romano is a past member of the Ethics Committee for the Home Health Assembly of New Jersey and has been influential in the development of a model Ethics Committee to be implemented throughout New Jersey Home Health Care Agencies. He also served as trustee for the Community Hospice of Bergen County located in Westwood, New Jersey, and is presently a member of the Ethics Committee of the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice located in Sussex County, New Jersey.
Mr. Romano has published in the area of Elder Law and Advance Directives and has been an author for The New Jersey Trial Lawyer and the New Jersey Law Journal.
Francis J. Tiedemann was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He attended Saint Peter's College (B.A., Honors, Accounting, 1978) and New York Law School (J.D., 1983). He was admitted to the bar in 1983 (New Jersey, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey).
As an Associate, Mr. Tiedemann engages in a general practice of law with special concentration in estate administration, preparation of accountings and estate tax returns, and real estate transactions.
He managed his own general practice law firm in Jersey City for over twenty years. Prior to practicing law, he was an accountant for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Mr. Tiedemann taught Real Estate Law as a Professor at Hudson County Community College in the 1980's. He also worked in the Title Insurance field for many years, examining commercial and residential real estate titles to determine their insurability under New Jersey Law.
Colleen A. Gaedcke is originally from West Milford, New Jersey. She graduated from Hofstra University School of Law, in Hempstead, NY, in 2010, and received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, in South Orange, NJ, in 2007. Colleen was admitted to practice law in New Jersey and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in 2010 and in New York in 2011. While attending Hofstra Law, Colleen was selected as a student representative to participate in the 2010 National Legal Malpractice Conference in Washington, D.C.. She also interned at the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.
As an Associate, Colleen concentrates her practice in Asset Preservation, Special Needs Planning, Guardianships, Probate Litigation, and Social Security Law matters. Prior to joining Andora & Romano, Colleen served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Margaret Mary McVeigh of the Chancery Division, General Equity Part of Passaic County for the 2010-2011 term. Thereafter, Colleen served as the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Nestor F. Guzman of the Chancery Division, Family Part of Passaic County for the 2011-2012 term.
Colleen served as a volunteer for the New Jersey State Guardianship Monitoring Program, is a member of the Passaic and Bergen County Bar Associations, and a member of the New Jersey Bar Association's Elder and Disability Law Section. Colleen also serves as court appointed counsel for incapacitated individuals in Passaic and Bergen Counties.