NAELA News & Journal Online

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.

Case Note: Sveen v. Melin, 138 S. Ct. 1815 (2018)

Journal Article

By  Elizabeth J. Hartery, Esq.
In recent years, the prevalence of revocation-on-divorce statutes, in which dissolution or annulment of a marriage automatically revokes provisions related to a former spouse in an instrument executed prior to the event, has been increasing.

Directed Trusts: A Primer on the Bifurcation of Trust Powers, Duties, and Liabilities in Special Nee

Journal Article

By  William D. Lucius, Esq., and Shirley B. Whitenack, Esq., CAP, Fellow
The provision of legal services in the fields of elder law and special needs planning has expanded over the past decade into a client-focused, holistic, and collaborative approach.

New POMS on Attorney Fees

News Article

By  Kevin Urbatsch, Esq.
(Sign-in required) Is every attorney who drafts a special needs trust required to obtain the Social Security Administration’s permission to be paid or risk going to jail?

Case Note: Disability Law Center of Alaska v. Davidson

Journal Article

By  Adriona Horton
On March 28, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, in Disability Law Center of Alaska v. Davidson denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiffs’ three Title 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claims alleging that defendants were in

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

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
LGBTQ Aging
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. 


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