State and Community Resources

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR)
CANHR is a non-profit information and advocacy organization for nursing home residents providing consumer information on nursing homes, Medicaid and residents rights in California; training and information on estate planning and long-term care issues; lawyer referrals, etc.


This is a consumer-oriented site providing comprehensive, current information on: legal assistance for seniors, numerous government assistance and health care programs (income programs such as Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Connecticut's state supplemental program, food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid, and state-funded health and prescription medication programs), and several Elder Law issues (nursing homes, patients' rights, living wills and other advance directives, powers of attorney, and funeral planning).

The Elder Law Clinic of Wake Forest University
The Elder Law Clinic provides free legal assistance to moderate income seniors, and serves as a resource center for lawyers and other professionals. In a partnership with the School of Medicine, the E-Clinic offers law students a unique opportunity to learn about medical and health law issues of older clients.

The Mesothelioma Center
This website and advocacy group helps the victims of asbestos exposure and their loved ones.

New York State Elder Abuse Coalition

The New York State Coalition on Elder Abuse is a multidisciplinary, statewide group of individuals, private organizations and public agencies working together to protect elders from abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. The Coalition was formed to implement the Action Agenda created by the 2004 New York State Elder Abuse Summit.

Orange County California Office on Aging

The Orange County Office on Aging serves as the lead advocate, planner and facilitator relative to all aging issues on behalf of all older persons in Orange County. Together with their partners, the Office on Aging provides a full range of senior services which are listed at this website, including information and assistance on programs and services available to older adults and their caregivers.

State Bar of California

Created by the state legislature in 1927, the State Bar is a public corporation within the judicial branch of government, serving as an arm of the California Supreme Court. All State Bar members are officers of the court.

Membership in The State Bar of California affords attorneys the right and privilege of practicing law in this state. The bar's integrated network of functions and services — many of them mandated by law — protects the public and assists attorneys in meeting their professional obligations.

University of Maine Center on Aging
The Center on Aging (Center) is a new university-wide, interdisciplinary center specializing in aging education, research and community service. Its academic home is the University of Maine School of Social Work in the College of Business, Public Policy, and Health.

The mission of the Center is to serve the state by maximizing the quality of life of Maine's older citizens and their families. Through its state-of-the art training, research and service initiatives, the Center, in direct partnership with elders and community agencies, works to prepare professionals and the lay community in "best practice" approaches to serving older adults and better appreciating the resources that elders bring to their communities.

Wisconsin Bar Association's Elder Law Section
This section works to develop and improve the laws that affect the elderly, and promotes high standards of ethical performance and technical expertise for those who practice in the area. The section sponsors CLE programs at State Bar conventions, monitors proposed state legislation and publishes a newsletter.

Last updated April 25, 2014

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
Non-profit association for attorneys specializing in Elder Law and Special Needs Law
Established in 1987
Over 4,500 members nationwide
Mailing Address
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
1577 Spring Hill Rd., Suite 310
Vienna, VA 22182  
General Contact Information
Phone: 703-942-5711*
Fax: 703-563-9504
*Please note NAELA's office staff CANNOT assist the public with their legal needs. If you are seeking legal advice, please click on the “Find an Attorney” button located at the top of this page.