The NAELA Foundation seeks to advance the goals of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and advocate for the rights of older Americans and people with special needs. Our goal is to establish good legal precedent in matters of critical importance to older Americans and people with special needs. The Foundation manages and distributes a litigation and regulatory advocacy fund that supports legal work of critical importance to older Americans and people with special needs. By providing financial support to members, NAELA Chapters, and other nonprofit organizations, NAELA facilitates litigation that ensures seniors and people with special needs benefit from the services they need and deserve.

About Us

The NAELA Foundation is dedicated to protecting the interests and benefits of older Americans and people with special needs. Our most vulnerable face continuous eroding of rights and benefits. Our work and your donations support:

  • Legal and regulatory advocacy that enhances the lives of seniors and people with special needs.
  • Litigation and amicus ("friend of the court") briefs filed singly or in partnership with like-minded organizations.
  • Resources that educate on current topics and best practices.
  • Scholarships for NAELA members to attend conferences and seminars.

We Can't Do This Alone

The NAELA Foundation is committed to ensuring that NAELA Chapters, members and related nonprofits have the resources to accomplish their mission of championing Elder and Special Needs Law litigation and regulatory advocacy. With your support of our partnership with NAELA and those who share our vision, we can continue to help protect critical benefits and essential services relied on by the two most vulnerable populations in the United States.

Who We Are

The NAELA Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees solely appointed by the corporation. The NAELA Foundation Board of Trustees is composed of experienced, knowledgeable private elder law and special needs planning attorneys, public service attorneys, and professors, all focused on the Foundation’s mission and supporting the needs of older Americans and people with special needs. Read More

About NAELA

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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"The Foundation plays a critical role in allowing NAELA to improve the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs by offering financial support to help educate our members and further develop their everyday practice." - Vincent Russo, CELA, CAP, Fellow, Founding Chair, NAELA Foundation