During Elder Law Month, NAELA members across the country offer special living will days, public seminars, Elder Law clinics, and other activities designed to educate the public.
"Elder Law attorneys are competent, caring, and compassionate professionals," said Craig Reaves, former NAELA President. "They focus on the overall picture of what is best for clients and their families."
What Is Elder Law?
Elder Law is a specialized area of law that involves representing,
counseling, and assisting seniors, people with disabilities, and their
families in connection with a variety of legal issues, from estate
planning to long term care issues, with a primary emphasis on promoting
the highest quality of life for the individuals. Typically, Elder Law
attorneys address the client’s perspective from a holistic viewpoint by
discussing legal, medical, financial, social, and family issues.
Demand for Elder Law Is Growing
The number of older individuals in the population is projected to
increase to 71.5 million in 2030, representing nearly 20 percent of the
U.S. population. As a result, the need is growing for specialized legal
advice about aging-related issues.
See recent statistics on Aging and Special Needs, Long-Term Care and Health Reform (Alliance for Health Reform Sourcebook), and Older Americans Act Facts (Leadership Council of Aging Organizations).
What are the Issues Addressed By Elder Law Attorneys?
Elder Law attorneys are experts in 13 key areas including:
- Estate Planning and Probate,
- Estate and Gift Tax Planning,
- Medicaid and Medicare,
- Entitlement Programs,
- Retirement Benefits,
- Age Discrimination,
- Elder Abuse/Neglect,
- Housing, Long-Term Care Financing,
- Medical Decision Making, and
- Disability Planning and Insurance.
Learn more about Elder and Special Needs Law topics.
Why Choose a NAELA Member Attorney?
NAELA members specialize in Elder Law. They understand the unique and
complex issues faced by people as they age, as well as the issues their
families face. Learn more about what makes a NAELA member your best choice for an attorney.
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For more information on Elder Law Month, contact Communications Associate Abby Matienzo.
- The Hook Law Group in New Port Richey distributed free statutory living wills to the public on Tuesday, April 16 in honor of National Advance Directives Day. The Hook Law Group also will accept a
Proclamation from the Mayor of New Port Richey on April 21 proclaiming
May as National Elder Law Month in New Port Richey.
- For professionals: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Illinois Chapter, UnProgram on Saturday, May 1, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. Both Janna Dutton, JD, CELA, and Helen Mesoloras, JD, serve on the Board of NAELA Illinois. Helen Mesoloras is on the planning committee for this program. This program is for attorneys only.
- For professionals: Kathryn C. Casey, JD, will host Understanding the Surrogate Decision Makers on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, from 9:30-10:30am at Brookdale Senior Living, 2960 North Lakeshore Drive, Chicago, Ill. Attend this program to learn more about Powers of Attorney for Healthcare (which changed on January 1, 2015; Power of Attorney for Property, the Healthcare Surrogate Act, the Mental Health Preference Treatment Declaration Act, and Guardianships. This program is being offered in connection with the Northside Providers Council. Continuing Education: 1 continuing education credit will be awarded to Illinois Nurses, Counselors, and Social Workers. There is no charge to attend. However, advanced registration is required.
- For professionals: Helen Mesoloras, JD, will host Understanding the Surrogate Decision Makers on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Registration will be held 8:30-9:00am and the program will run from 9:00-10:00am at Belmont Village, 1035 Madison Street, Oak Park, Ill. There are a variety of legal methods which allow a person to make the healthcare and financial decisions for another person. This session will address the various options for surrogate decision makers such as Power of Attorney for Healthcare (which changed on January 1, 2015), Power of Attorney for Property, the Healthcare Surrogate Act, the Mental Health Preference Treatment Declaration Act, and Guardianships. Continuing Education: 1.0 continuing education credit will be awarded to Illinois Nurses, Counselors, and Social Workers. There is no cost to attend. However, advanced registration is required.
- Kathryn C. Casey, JD, will host Legal Planning for Living with a Chronic Medical Condition
on Monday, May 18, 2015, from 6:00-7:30pm at the St. Alexius Medical
Center, 1555 Barrington Road, Hoffman Estate, Ill. Topics to be covered
include: what are Powers of Attorney, Living Trusts, Wills?; What legal
options are available in planning and paying for long-term care?; How
can Medicare, Medicaid, and how long-term care insurance and personal
care contracts maximize a person’s quality of life? This program is for community members and professionals. 1.5 continuing education credits will be awarded to Illinois Nurses, Counselors, and Social Workers. There is no charge
to register. However, advanced registration is required.
- Janna Dutton, JD, CELA, will host Understanding the Surrogate Decision Makers
on Monday, May 18, 2015, from 6:00-7:30pm at King Home, 1555 Oak Ave.,
Evanston, Ill. Attend this program to learn more about Powers of
Attorney for Healthcare (which changed on January 1, 2015); Power of
Attorney for Property, Healthcare Surrogate Act, Mental Health
Preference Treatment Declaration Act, and Guardianships. 1.5 continuing education credit will be awarded to Illinois Counselors and Social Workers. There is no
charge to attend. However, advanced registration is required.
- Steve and Raley Wiggins of Red Oak Legal, P.C., will host FREE estate planning and asset protection workshops on May 13 (6-8pm) and May 29 (2-4 pm) at Red Oak Legal, PC, 500 Towncenter Blvd., Ste. B., Tuscaloosa, AL 35406. Workshops will cover wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance directives, living wills, probate administration, protecting assets from creditors, bankruptcy, divorce and remarriage, nursing homes, long-term care, and Medicaid qualification. Registration is required. Call Ann F. Smith at 205-764-1262 or visit their website for more information. Continuing Professional Education Credits are offered for CPA's. Red Oak Legal, P.C. is also a corporate sponsor for the West Alabama Center on Aging's Senior Appreciation Day event.
- The Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys (AFELA - NAELA Florida Chapter) created a proclamation in Gainesville and Alachua County, and a statewide resolution for National Elder Law Month. The Advance Directives Pro Bono Project (flyer and media kit), in which AFELA members are participating along with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and Legal Aid offices, will educate seniors who couldn't otherwise afford legal guidance. They will hold free advance directive seminars on May 23 and May 30 at 9:30am. RSVP to the event and get specific location details by contacting Charity at the Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society at 407-834-1660 ext. 113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Elga Goodman will be giving two presentations in Morristown entitled "Life Planning: Legal Tools to Enhance Your Golden Years." We all want our Golden Years to be golden. Elder Law attorney Elga A. Goodman will discuss strategies and legal tools that can help make this happen. Learn how Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives, and Effective Asset Ownership can help you control your affairs. Come hear what you can do now to make your Golden Years good years.
- Washington Township Library - Monday, May 19th @ 12:30 p.m.
- Summit Public Library - Tuesday, May 20th @ 7:30 p.m.
- Michele Biggart of Nancy Burner & Associates, P.C., held a client appreciation day at the local movie theater to see Jersey Boys in East Setauket.
- The New York State Bar Association designated May as Elder Law Month.
- James J. Ruggiero, Jr. of Ruggiero Law Offices LLC will be offering a free will workshop on May 27 at 3477 Corporate Parkway, Suite 100, Center Valley, PA. Please call 484-224-3487 for more information.
- O’Donnell, Weiss & Mattei P.C. (OWM Law) will be offering a free 30-minute consultation with an attorney to review current estate planning documents — wills, powers of attorney, living wills. Call the office of OWM Law at 610-323-2800 or 610-917-9347 to schedule a consultation with one of the attorneys in OWM Law’s Elder Law department in either the firm’s Pottstown or Phoenixville office.
- The South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Program will host a National Elder Law Month free legal clinic on May 13, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Catherine E. LaFond hosted a Health Care Power of Attorney Clinic at the Berkeley County Senior Center.
- Beth A. McDaniel sponsored the May meeting of the Renton Chamber of Commerce. She also raised awareness of National Elder Law Month at the meeting.
Special thanks to Seniors for Living
, Carney, Sugai & Sudweeks
, and Osterhout & McKinney, P.A.
for their help in promoting National Elder Law Month.
- The Florida Chapter of NAELA (AFELA) contacted Florida Governor Rick Scott, who proclaimed May 2013 as Elder Law Month in the state of Florida. See the resolution. The Florida Chapter also recognizes the hard work and dedication of
family member caregivers through their "Caregiver of the Year" award during National Elder Law Month.
- Karnardo Garnett of the LegalJourney Law Firm in Tampa will participate in National Elder Law Month by offering seminars and attending expos discussing the importance of planning.
May 15 - University Village: Annual Health & Wellness Expo, 12401 North 22nd St., Tampa, FL 33612
May 16 - Advanced Retirement Strategies and Asset Protection Workshop: Brio Tuscan Grille, 2223 North Westshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607 at 6:00pm
May 21 - Advanced Retirement Strategies and Asset Protection Workshop: Brio Tuscan Grille, 2223 North Westshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607 at 6:00pm
May 30 - Avoiding the Top Ten Estate Planning Mistakes: Grand Court 4902 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33611 at 6:30pm
- Dawn M. Weekly and the Legacy Law Firm will host a Senior Fair on Wednesday, May 15, from 12:30-3:30pm, at Timber Creek Inn and Suites, 3300 Drew Ave., Sandwich, Ill. The event is free to attend and includes door prizes, over 50 vendors, free health screenings, free lunch for the first 100 attendees.There are still openings for vendors and sponsors. Booth fee is $35 or $10 for a Non-Profit. If you or your organization is interested in participating in this event, please call Jori at (815) 570-2334.
- Richard A. Courtney will guest-host on May 7 on the Mississippi Public Broadcasting's “Money Talks” call-in show from 9:00–10:00am Central Time. He will publicize that May is National Elder Law Month and talking about various Elder Law topics on the show. The show can be heard live streaming online, or by downloading the Mississippi Public Broadcasting app for Android or iPhone.
- HoganWillig will be hosting an Elder Law Day on Monday, May 13, at their Amherst, NY location (2410 North Forest Road, Suite 301). They are offering FREE 20-minute private consultations with one of their attorneys for review of basic estate planning documents and Elder Law issues. These FREE consultations will be by appointment only. Appointment slots will fill-up quickly, so, please call for an appointment today: (716) 636-7600.
- Keystone Elder Law will hold a free public seminar on Thursday, May 23, at the Rossmoyne Business Center in Mechanicsburg.
Washington, D.C. Metro area
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- Timothy P. Crawford will be distributing free Health Care Powers of Attorney to the public in several locations in Racine, Wisc. He also had the mayor of Racine and Racine County Executive declare May as Elder Law Month.
About the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
Established in 1987, NAELA is a nonprofit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations and others. Members of NAELA are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. The mission of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has more than 4,000 members across the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.