NAELA News & Journal Online

Book Review: A Lawyer's Guide to Working with Special Needs Clients

Journal Article

By  Amanda Hsiao, Esq.
In A Lawyer’s Guide to Working with Special Needs Clients, attorney Richard A. Courtney explains the area of special needs law and includes valuable practice tips and insights in a compendium for lawyers beginning, or already entrenched in, the pract

COVID-19 and Remote Notarization: State-by-State Variances

News Article

By  Erica Asbell, Esq.
This pandemic has forced people to re-evaluate their lives in more ways than we can count. For many people, it has raised the issue of end-of-life decisions and estate planning in the event that the person catches COVID-19.

50-State Medicaid Survey

News Article

By  Fern J. Finkel, Esq., Tammy R. Lawlor, Esq., Pauline Yeung-Ha, Esq., and Scott Silverberg, Esq.
This chart will serve as a valuable reference tool for attorneys to use in cross-border Medicaid planning for their clients with interests in multiple states.

NAELA Foundation Hosts Successful Trivia Night and Raises Funds to Support Critical Issues

News Article

By  Faith Boettger
On June 25, 78 NAELA members, family and friends, divided onto 15 teams to match wits against each other and Trivia MC extraordinaire, NAELA Past President Jennifer VanderVeen, CELA, CAP, Fellow.

The Challenge of Video Conferencing

News Article

By  Judith D. Grimaldi, CELA, CAP
Elder law attorneys now need to be camera ready as video personalities...are you ready for prime time?

Make Plans for In-Person Interactions in the Age of COVID-19 and Social Distancing

News Article

By  Eric J. Einhart, Esq.
For the attorneys who practice in areas where the COVID-19 quarantines resulted in closing physical office locations, re-opening offices and getting back to work in non-virtual settings will be a significant challenge to our practices.

The Need for No-Contact Signing and Notarization of Essential Legal Documents in the Covid-19 World

Journal Article

By  Erika Katherine Johnson, MPH, PhD, and Prudence Fink Johnson, JD, LLM
This article discusses (a) practical solutions, based on current laws, for contactless or electronic signing of legal documents in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and (b) procedures for witnessing and notarizing legal documents remotely befor

States Cannot Terminate Medicaid Benefits During the Coronavirus Pandemic Unless Enrollee Volunteers

News Article

By  Lauren S. Marinaro, Esq.
Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Pub. L. 116-127), states that wish to take an enhanced 6.2 percent Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) must sustain all Medicaid-enrolled individuals in the program for the length of the COV

Waiver of Required Minimum Distributions and Other Provisions Affecting Withdrawals From Qualified

News Article

By  Stephen J. Silverberg, CELA, CAP, AEP, Fellow
While protecting small businesses is the CARES Act’s primary purpose, it also contains provisions that benefit our clients.

Fixing the Leak: Avoiding IRA Liquidation in Crisis Medicaid Planning

Journal Article

By  Dale M. Krause, JD, LLM, and Scott M. Engstrom, JD
Throughout this article, the authors maintain perspective by evaluating the need from which the current Medicaid laws and regulations arise — the need to provide long-term care for America’s aging population. They also shine a light on ways in which

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.