NAELA News & Journal Online

Case Note: Hegadorn v. Michigan Dept. of Human Services Director

News Article

By  Ron M. Landsman, Esq., CAP, Fellow
NAELA filed an amicus brief and argued in support of the appellants in Hegadorn v. Michigan Dept. of Human Services Director. Michigan Supreme Court approves the use of a trust for the sole benefit of a community spouse as a valid way to set aside as

Combating Elder Abuse

News Article

By  Julie E. Childs, JD, LLM Elder Law
The Elder Justice Initiative (EJI) has useful online resources available to elder law attorneys. EJI's mission is to support and help to coordinate the Department of Justice's enforcement and programmatic efforts to combat elder abuse, neglect, and f

POLST®: Co-Piloting, Not Hijacking, the Advance Directive

Journal Article

By  Fay Blix, CELA, CAP, and Susan W. Tolle, MD
This article presents scenarios in which medical doctors work with patients and their families throughout the course of an illness to ensure quality care for patients and implementation of their end-of-life treatment preferences. The article also ill

Portable Medical Order Sets (POLST®): Ethical and Legal Landscape

Journal Article

By  Professor Sharona Hoffman
This article describes and assesses POLST. Focusing on patient autonomy, the article analyzes POLST benefits and risks. In addition, it surveys the laws and regulations that govern POLST.

A More Perfect Union: Eugenics in America

Journal Article

By  Miriam H. Markfield, Esq.
Elder and special needs law attorneys, who represent the interests of clients vulnerable to eugenic rhetoric and policy, are in a unique position to identify and combat eugenic threats to people with disabilities. Understanding the history of the Ame

Book Review: In the Slender Margin: The Intimate Strangeness of Death and Dying

Book Review

By  Reviewed by Elle Tauer
When it comes to death and dying, perceptions are shaped by culture, and in The Intimate Strangeness of Death and Dying Eve Joseph takes us on a lyrical journey of historic and contemporary interpretations of the process. An easy read, this book is a

Book Review: The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family From a L

Book Review

By  Reviewed by Shelley D. Coelho, Esq.
The author, who professes to be “aged between eighty and one hundred,” prefers to deal with disposing of her belongings herself, instead of placing the burden on her family after her death. This book is relevant to elder law attorneys because we ofte

Book Review: Who Moved My Teeth? Preparing for Self, Loved Ones & Caregiving

Book Review

By  Reviewed by Kathleen Martin, CELA
This is a short book, jam-packed with important information that elder law attorneys wish everyone — individuals, caregivers, and caregivers-to-be — would pay attention to. The information is delivered in a humorous way, with a light hand, grounded i

What the Second Kentucky Waiver Ruling Could Mean for Elder Law Practice

News Article

By  David M. Goldfarb, Esq.
On March 27, 2019, the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia struck down, for a second time, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) (re-)approval of a Section 1115 Medicaid waiver in Kentucky that imposed work requirements,

What Stephen King Can Teach Lawyers About Writing — On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Journal Article

By  Charles P. Golbert
What can the King of Horror teach attorneys about writing? A lot, it turns out.

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.