CAP Nominations

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Members of CAP are peer reviewed and offer proven expertise to serve older adults, people with special needs and their families.

Preeminent in the Field of Elder and Special Needs Law

A member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP) is preeminent in the field of Elder Law and Special Needs Planning. CAP members are experienced, outstanding and exceptionally skilled in their practice of Elder Law and Special Needs Planning. Members continually make substantial contributions to the field by demonstrating leadership on issues affecting older adults and people with special needs in:

  • State and local bar associations

  • State chapters of NAELA

  • Professional activities and affiliations

Prior to membership, most CAP members must be certified by the Board of Certification of the National Elder Law Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1993 that offers the only Elder Law program for certification accredited by the American Bar Association. 

Some attorneys become members of CAP following selection as a Fellow of NAELA. A fellow is an attorney who:

  • Has maintained Academy membership for at least three years

  • Concentrates on Elder Law and Special Needs Planning

  • Has distinguished themselves by making exceptional contributions to meeting the needs of older adults and people with special needs

Election as a Fellow signifies that peers recognize the attorney as a model for others, and as an exceptional lawyer and leader. After meeting the above criteria, a candidate for CAP must be nominated and selected by vote of the members of CAP.

If you are committed to excellence in Elder and Special Needs Law and want to stand out in the field, email for more information.


Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others.

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Ronald A. Fatoullah, CELA, CAP, Fellow

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Ronald A. Fatoullah, CELA, CAP, Fellow

Ronald Fatoullah & Associates has been advising New Yorkers about the legal and financial challenges of aging for more than 30 years. The firm's accomplished attorneys exclusively focus in the areas of elder law, estate planning, Medicaid eligibility & applications, wills & trusts, planning for Special Needs Individuals, probate, guardianships, Veteran's planning and planning for blended-families and same-sex couples. Ronald Fatoullah has ...