Ellen Wanamaker has more than 15 years of paralegal experience, primarily in family law firms.  Prior to paralegal employment, Ellen has had significant financial services experience. This includes 30 years tax preparation and advisory services in her own private practice. Ellen is licensed by the Internal Revenue Service with the Enrolled Agent status, to prepare income taxes and represent clients in federal tax court. She has also held New Jersey and Florida life and health insurance and NASD mutual fund licenses. After completing Fairleigh Dickinson University’s paralegal program with honors, Ellen also completed the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators’ Family Law Mediation program.

With her strong financial background combined with her own financial and emotional “in the trenches” divorce experience, Ellen’s career naturally evolved into family law. She prides herself in evidence gathering, financial evaluations, and assisting in preparing divorce settlements, which is also purely financial..

When she is not working, you will find Ellen on her inline speed skates or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the New York Mets.

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Ellen’s Credentials and Educational Background are listed below to provide you with the details and understanding of the benefits you would acquire by working with her.



~   Enrolled Agent – Federally licensed tax practitioner –January 1991 - present

~   Licensed by US Treasury to represent clients in Federal Tax Court-January 1991- present

~   Series 6 Mutual Fund Broker-December 1999-2006

~   Title Abstractor Certificate – Deed and Mortgage Research 2003 - present

~   NJ & FL Life Insurance Producer June 2000-2006

~   NJ & FL Health Insurance Producer-June 2000-2006

~   ABA Accredited Paralegal Studies Program Fairleigh Dickinson University

~   Divorce & Family Mediation - NJ Association of Professional Mediators


~   FDA – Divorce Financial Specialist  

~   Divorce and Family Mediation Fairleigh Dickinson University

~   Paralegal Studies  Fairleigh Dickinson University
      Lambda Epsilon Chi National Honor Society Honors Certificate GPA 3.9

~   Self-Study/Preparation – NJ & FL – Life & Health Insurance Licenses

~   Self-Study/Preparation NASD Series 6 Mutual Fund Registered Representative

~   Self-Study/Preparation – US Treasury Enrolled Agent Tax License

~   B.S. Cum Laude Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ
      Phi Omega Epsilon Honor Society


~   Estate Planning                                                                           ~   American Taxpayer Relief Act 

~   2016 Income Tax Update                                                            ~   Education Tax Benefits

~   Health Care Savings Plans                                                         ~   Earned Income Tax Credit

~   Protecting Americans From Tax Hike Act (PATH)                        ~   Charitable Contributions

~   IRS Circular 230                                                                          ~   Federal Income Tax Changes

~   Ethical Responsibilities for Enrolled Agents                                ~   Home Office Deduction Issues

~   2015 Income Tax Update                                                            ~   Business Expenses and Schedule C

~   Divorce and Taxes: Common Issues                                          ~   Taxation of Life Insurance and Annuities

~   Estates Enforcing Your Wishes at Death                                    ~   Investment, Retirement and Benefit Income

 ~   Introduction to Pensions and Annuities                                      ~   Affordable Care Act


NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education - Sponsor NJ Bar Association

~   NJICLE Avoiding Will Writing Mistakes                                          ~   NJICLE Family Law Summer Institute

~   NJICLE Collect that $$$ for Your Clients                                       ~   NJICLE May It Please (The Family) Court

~   Lawline CLE Mortgage Foreclosure Defense                                ~   NJICLE Recent Developments-Family Law 

~   NJAPM 40 Hour Divorce Mediation Training                                 ~   NJICLE Family Law Symposium

~   NJAFCC Domestic Violence Conference                                      ~   NJICLE Family Law 101

~   NJICLE Hot Tips in Family Law                                                     ~   NJICLE Family Law 102


~Preparation and filing/service of Divorce documents:

~Complaints, Case Information Statements,

~Interrogatories & Document Demands with Replies,

~Early Settlement Panel submissions,

~Position Statements, Economic

~Mediation submissions,

~Custody Mediation submissions,

~Marital Settlement Agreements and

~Pendente Lite & Post Judgment Motion Practice.


~Analysis of documents: Case Information Statements, Income tax returns, Answers to Interrogatories and Depositions,

~Evaluations established lifestyles, physical custody and time sharing status quo, adversary’s financial discrepancies, and support utilizing the state child support guidelines,

~Coordination and implementation of Divorce Mediation and negotiations resulting in comprehensive settlement agreements,

~Extensive motion practice experience assisting clients with Certifications and Exhibits, with associated pleadings, filed by attorneys, and

~Child Support Collection, including Writs of Execution and Motions to Turn Over Funds.

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