NAELA members, working together and learning from one another, have broad experience with legal issues affecting people as they age and people with disabilities.


NAELA sponsors continuing education programs for attorneys and provides publications and educational materials to members.


NAELA leads and advocates on public policy issues facing members’ clients and their families.

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What The Second Stimulus Bill Means For Your Retirement Accounts

1/22/21|  Story

In the waning days of 2020, Congress passed a second Covid-19 relief bill as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which was then signed into law on Dec. 27. While the $600 stimulus check is the most touted (and perhaps most controversial) aspect, this bill, like the CARES Act before it, also includes provisions that may affect your retirement account.
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The Social Security Retirement Age Could Change. What That Could Mean for Benefits

1/21/21|  Story

As Social Security faces funding issues and life expectancies increase, the program could raise the age when people are eligible for full benefits.
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ALS Patients to Gain Quicker Access to Disability Benefits and Medicare

1/20/21|  Story

People with ALS often must quit their jobs — and sometimes their spouses do, too, to provide care — leaving families in financial distress. A decade-long campaign by advocates highlighting this predicament notched a victory last month when Congress passed a bill opening key support programs earlier for ALS patients.
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People with disabilities desperately need the vaccine. But states disagree on when they’ll get it.

1/19/21|  Story

For weeks, Wendy Lincicome has been asking the same question. She asks it on the phone. She asks it in emails to state officials. She cares for an epileptic blind man with cerebral palsy 24 hours a day, and when he is asleep, she types her question into Google.
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The Social Security Retirement Age Increases in 2021

1/15/21|  Story

Workers with an older retirement age get smaller Social Security payments throughout retirement.
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EEOC Releases New Details on Systemic Age Discrimination: What You Can Do

1/14/21|  Story

In a press release on Friday, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) made it very clear: job postings conveying preference — for example, “recent graduate”, young”, “energetic”, is an example of a recruiting practice that may involve systemic age discrimination.
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NAELA Celebrates Passage of Latest COVID-19 Relief Package
1/15/2021  Press Release
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) praises the U.S. Senate for passage of the latest COVID-19 relief package. The relief package will aid in three of NAELA’s top public policy priorities for 2021.
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NAELA Empowers Consumers Against Scams
12/7/2020  Press Release
NAELA is promoting an education campaign designed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enlist people over 65 in the effort to recognize and report frauds and scams.
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NAELA Pays Tribute on Veterans Day 2020
11/9/2020  Press Release
Association for Elder and Special Needs Law Attorneys Observes National Holiday Recognizing Veterans for Their Service
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NAELA Celebrates National Special Needs Law Month in October 2020
10/2/2020  Press Release
Elder and special needs law attorneys focus on education and awareness of legal options for people with disabilities and their families
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NAELA Joins Other Organizations Opposing Immunity Waivers
9/24/2020  Press Release
NAELA recognizes the tragedy of nursing home resident deaths since COVID-19 and the importance of holding nursing homes accountable for the care they provide to residents.
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NAELA volunteers learn and share expertise, gain valuable leadership experience, and influence positive change in elder and special needs law. 

Paul D. Shapiro, CELA, Portland, Maine

  • Member of NAELA State Advocacy Committee
"I get to hear from practitioners in individual states. This experience has increased my awareness in the national scope of what elder law attorneys do, recognizing names of people in different areas, and understanding the bird’s eye view of community. Each state has its own way of doing things, but they’re all connected, and committee involvement showed me that." 

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