National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is a community of attorneys who specialize in handling legal issues affecting people as they age and those with special needs. We believe in the importance of continuing legal education, advocacy and examining public policy issues in our mission to enhance the quality of life for older adults and persons with disabilities.

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We are proud to announce that through NJ NAELA’s advocacy, the NJ Supreme Court has relaxed R. 1:21-12 to provide an Exemption from the Madden v. Delran, 126 N.J. 591 (1992) pro bono requirements.  
NJ NAELA's response to the COVID-19 Crisis
April 9th Response Letter
(Adobe PDF File)
Special Order 4/8/20
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NAELA Honors Residents and Staff During National Skilled Nursing Care Week May 9-15
5/6/2021  Press Release
NAELA celebrates National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW), which runs from May 9-15.
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Now Accepting Powley Elder Law Award Nominations
Nomination deadline: May 28, 2021
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May Is National Elder Law Month and Older Americans Month
4/30/2021  Press Release
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is celebrating virtually this year!
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Issue Brief on Medicaid Estate Recovery
4/12/2021  Announcement
NAELA, along with Justice and Aging and other advocacy organizations, has published an issue brief on the Medicaid estate recovery program.
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Shirley Berger Whitenack, CAP, Fellow

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Shirley Berger Whitenack, CAP, Fellow

Shirley B. Whitenack focuses her practice on elder law, special needs planning and advocacy, probate, estate and trust litigation and estate planning and administration. Ms. Whitenack is nationally recognized in her areas of concentration. She is a past President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), is a NAELA Fellow and a member of NAELA's Council of Advanced Practitioners. The recipient of numerous awards, she is quoted in ...