NAELA News & Journal Online

DC Circuit Affirms District Court Decision That Struck Down Arkansas’ 1115 Medicaid Waiver

News Article

By  Erica Asbell, Esq.
In a victory against harmful 1115 Medicaid waivers, the D.C. Circuit recently affirmed a district court ruling that struck down Arkansas’ proposed 1115 waiver.

Medicare Appeal Navigation

Journal Article

By  Terry Berthelot, MSW, JD
Medicare appeals are complicated. They are complicated because there are different kinds of Medicare, different kinds of medical care, and different kinds of Medicare appeals.

Book Review: Proof

Journal Article

By  Bruce A. Brightwell, Esq.
Although many legal thrillers are available to the public, few of them are related to the practice of elder law. But Proof — which won the 2018 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction — is an exception. Proof is the sequel to Tobisman’s first legal thrill

Practice Management During an Emergency

News Article

By  NAELA Publications
The COVID-19 virus is causing disruption to businesses world-wide. NAELA has been asked to provide members with some basic information on managing their practices during an emergency. This is a constantly changing situation, so this information will

Assisted Suicide - Medical Aid in Dying

News Article

By  Leonard F. Berg
This letter is in response the 2019 NAELA three-part webinar series titled, “End of Life Issues – Growing National Debate About Medical Aid in Dying (MAID).”

Four New CELAs Dish on How They Passed the Test

News Article

By  Aimee Stern
The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) often hears hesitancy from lawyers interested in taking the Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) exam. They say it’s a hard test with low passing rates or that they are already so busy between life and lawyerin

IRA Distributions

News Article

By  Hyman G. Darling, CELA, CAP, Fellow
The IRS is giving charitable donors a significant benefit in not paying taxes on distributions from IRAs. Making a charitable contribution to the NAELA Foundation directly from an IRA can benefit donors who are at 70-1/2 years or older.

Becoming a CELA Can Transform a Career

News Article

By  Aimee Stern
Is becoming a Certified Elder Law Attorney, or CELA as it is called, worth it? That’s a question many elder law attorneys ask. They know that the test is difficult, it takes time to prepare for the test, and many who take it don’t pass the first tim

The Social Security Administration’s Policy Overhaul

Journal Article

By  Anna Sappington, Esq.
Persons with disabilities rely on special needs trusts (SNTs) to pay for goods and services that enhance their quality of life. The rules that govern SNTs primarily come from the Social Security Administration (SSA). In 2018, SSA fundamentally altere

Getting to Know Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.

News Article

By  Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.
CFP Board is the professional body for financial planners that issues the Certified Financial PlannerTM and CFP® certification marks.

NAELA Journal and NAELA News Call for Articles and Case Notes


NAELA Journal publishes substantive articles (5,000-10,000 words) on significant topics in elder law and special needs planning as well as case notes of significant state or federal cases that are of importance or interest to attorneys practicing elder law and special needs planning. Presentations at conferences can often translate into Journal articles, as can substantive briefs on issues being litigated in the trial courts or on appeal.
NAELA News welcomes shorter (500-1,500 words), substantive articles on elder law and special needs planning topics, case notes of significant state or federal cases, practice management, and practice development. Articles should deal with timely issues in elder law and special needs planning, provide how-to information, or be about a recent event of interest to the elder law and special needs planning community.

Articles are peer-reviewed and publication in NAELA Journal and NAELA News is a recognition of your expertise.

Possible topics for either publication include:
Aging in the Community
Health Care and Aging
Special Needs Planning
Ethical Issues
Mental Health and Aging
Multicultural Aging
Policy and Advocacy
Public Benefits
Case Notes
Other substantive topics of interest to attorneys practicing elder law and special needs planning. 

See the Guidelines for Submission for more information.