What Is It?
Elder Law attorneys throughout the country contribute a great deal to their communities this month by educating seniors about their legal options and by providing pro bono services. By setting up activities in your area, you can help spread the word about the mission of NAELA — to establish members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of seniors and people with disabilities.
Ways to Celebrate
Reach out to the community and your clients in a variety of ways that will benefit not just the community, but also your Elder Law practice.
Let NAELA Help You Spread The Word on Elder Law Month
Email us for a free copy of our "Questions and Answers When Looking For An Elder Law Attorney" brochure.
Find an Elder and Special Needs Law Attorney in your area through our Member Directory.
For help with promoting your Elder Law Month events and for more information, contact Communications Specialist Abby Matienzo.
NAELA Member Resources: Toolkit and Brochures
NAELA Members can find useful resources in the National Elder Law Month Toolkit, such as:
- Advice on how to hold a seminar;
- Sample press releases to send to local media;
- Guidelines for talking with the media; and
- Requests for proclamations to send to your Mayor and Governor.
NAELA has brochures available to order that will help you explain Elder and Special Needs Law during your presentations, as well as in your practice. Topics include:
- Age discrimination;
- Medicare and Medicaid;
- Estate planning and probate; and
- Guardianship and conservatorship.
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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
- 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.
Special thanks to the NAELA members who participated in National Elder Law Month 2012:
(Organized alphabetically by state)
- Kay Richter (Tucson) presented a free seminar titled “All About Estate Planning and Elder Law.”
- Richard White (Mesa) provided free seminars throughout the state to help educate families and health care professionals. His firm also offers a number of free resources on their website all year long.
- (Non-member) Department of Economic Security, Division of Aging and Adult Services, and Glencroft Retirement Community (Glendale) hosted “Arizona Elder Law Day,” which featured speakers on elder abuse, family caregiver support programs, nutrition, the long-term care ombudsman program, and many other topics important to older Arizonans.
- Emma Hemness (Brandon) hosted a free seminar for senior citizens, as well as family members and professional caregivers. Workshop titles included “Your Buddy, the Ombudsman: What You Didn't Know or Didn't Know to Ask,” “How to Expect the Unexpected: Preparing Caregivers for Transitions in Care, Advocating for their Loved One, and Securing Benefits in Plain English,” “Who Is Taking Care of the Caregivers?,” and “What Will Medicaid Managed Care Mean for the Sick Seniors and their Families?”
- Richard Harbiger (Carbondale) wrote an article for the Southern Business Journal titled “Free Advance Medical Directives Available This Month to Illinois Seniors.” In the article, he mentioned that the Southern Illinois members of the Illinois Chapter NAELA provided free information to the elderly and their families on advance medical directives. In Madison County and the Metro East, free educational information on health care powers of attorney were provided throughout the month of May via public service radio spots and articles published in newspapers local to that area.
- Nancy R. Larson and Heidi E. Dodd (Belleville) provided free Statutory Health Care Powers of Attorney on-site to residents at two area assisted living facilities, Bradford Place and Parkway Gardens. The event was sponsored by the Southwestern Illinois Visiting Nurse Association.
- Dawn M. Weekly (Sandwich) held a Senior Fair at her local Senior Center, featuring about 35 exhibitors. This year's theme being “Too Old to Play,” one of the exhibitors had a Wii Bowling exhibit, another gave free chair massages. (Photo below)
- David M. Austgen and America McAlpin (Crown Point) partnered with the Northwest Indiana Community Action to present a series of seminars on living will declarations, designed for senior citizens and their families.
- John W. Longnaker, III (Anderson) hosted a public workshop on new changes in Elder Law, Medicaid home care, nursing home benefits, veterans law, free living wills, health care power of attorneys, and standby guardian appointments.
- Randy Klinkscales (Hays) hosted Senior Celebration, an annual event that has grown in popularity since it began six years ago. More than 20 local organizations participated in the event, which featured live music, bingo, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.
- F. Keats Boyd, III (Centerville) participated in the Barnstable Senior Center’s Senior Health and Wellness Expo. This year’s theme was “Never Too Old to Play,” encouraging older Americans to stay engaged, active, and involved in their own lives and in their communities. Boyd held an entertaining round of “Wheel of Planning,” where played to win a free Health Care Proxy. Also during the month of May, Boyd and local attorney David A. Jarominski conducted several free, public seminars. Seminar topics included:
o How to better protect a beneficiaries’ inheritance from divorce, lawsuits, creditors, government claims and double estate taxes;
o How to help assure IRAs (and company retirement plans) grow to potentially become the largest assets inherited by loved ones and are properly protected;
o Why the new US Estate Tax law is screaming “Act Now!”;
o How to own a residence and vacation home;
o How to help qualify for Medicaid nursing care benefits if they are ever needed - without having to pay all those benefits back after death; and
o How to eliminate Massachusetts Estate Tax liability for Florida residents, and residents of other states, owning Massachusetts real estate.
Additionally, Boyd made a guest appearance on “Something More with Chris Boyd” on 95.1 WXTK Radio. During the broadcast, F. Keats Boyd, III, discussed the five basic parts of an estate plan.
- John Dugan (Franklin), along with other local attorneys, presented a series of seminars at local Councils of Aging on estate planning, how to protect your home, and Medicaid and Medicare issues.
- Peter Gilmore (Beverly) gave a presentation at the Beverly, MA Council on Aging on Health Care Proxies, Advance Medical Directives, and Durable Powers of Attorney.
- Robert E. Romano (Quincy) provided free “Estate Planning Essentials” workshops to older adults and their families. Topics included Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning and Elder Law issues.
- Richard A. Courtney (Jackson) was featured on an hour-long monthly AM talk radio show in the Jackson, MS market (WJNT 1180 AM) and talked about May as National Elder Law Month and National Older Americans Month. He mentioned NAELA and how NAELA educates attorneys to represent and advocate for older persons, and discussed the 13 areas of law (and various practical issues under each) that comprise “Elder Law” as recognized by NELF.
- Nancy Burner & Associates P.C. took over 100 of their clients to the movies to celebrate National Elder Law Month. The clients and staff enjoyed a free showing of "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," starring Judy Dench, while enjoying breakfast. Great fun was had by all as they enjoyed a movie together while discussing important Elder Law topics.
- Andrew Olsen (Wilmington) hosted its first annual senior celebration in honor of National Elder Law Month, “Woodstock for Seniors.” For a low $5 admission fee, attendees enjoyed an evening filled with engaging guest speakers on relevant legal and other topics for seniors, food, a cash wine bar, live music, raffles, and door prizes. Proceeds benefitted Alzheimers North Carolina, Inc.
- Catherine E. LaFond (Charleston) held a free clinic in a rural area of South Carolina to help low income seniors execute HIPAA Authorizations and other Health Care directives. (Photo below)
- Timothy P. Crawford (Racine) distributed free Health Care Powers of Attorney kits in Racine throughout May.
Thank you also to the following members, publications, and organizations that helped spread the word about National Elder Law Month online: