Volume 33 Issue 3

Letter of Intent

By  Kelly Piacenti, ChSNC
Every person has different needs, and everyone has different wishes for their loved one. The letter of intent (LOI) can provide a parent or guardian who is caring for a loved one with special needs the opportunity to help future caregivers quickly le

The New NAELA News CAPsules Column: Words of Wisdom from a CAP

By  April D. Hill, CELA, CAP
An invitation to all CAP members to contribute to this new column.

I Care A Lot and the Unrelenting Quest for the Highest Quality Guardianship Services

By  Charles P. Golbert, Esq.
As an attorney who has dedicated much of my career to providing guardianship services for vulnerable people, watching the recent Netflix film, I Care A Lot, was disheartening.

Supreme Court Upholds the Affordable Care Act in 7-2 Ruling

By  Erica Asbell, Esq.
On June 17, 2021, the Supreme Court issued its opinion on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and reversed the lower court ruling that the ACA was unconstitutional. This highly awaited opinion guarantees that tens of millions of Am

Comparing and Understanding Pooled Trust Remainder Policies

By  Karen Dunivan Konvicka, JD
The operations of PSNTs vary; in fact, there are so many moving parts to PSNTs, no two seem to look the same.

Letha Sgritta McDowell, CELA CAP - NAELA's 34th President

By  Eric J. Einhart, Esq.
A self-proclaimed “nerd,” Letha not only enjoys the substantive practice of elder law and special needs planning as well as helping her clients in North Carolina and Virginia, she also likes the tax law and the practice management side...

Tax Section: Back to Gift Tax Basics

By  Letha Sgritta McDowell, CELA, CAP
With looming changes to estate and gift tax, it's time for elder and special needs law attorneys to brush up on a few tax basics.

Litigation: The New York NAELA Chapter Takes Affirmative Action Protecting Consumers

By  Rene H. Reixach, Jr., Esq., Fellow
New York NAELA’s legislative proposal may be a model that can be used to address this issue in other states.

Call for Board Nominations

By  Wendy Shparago Cappelletto, Esq., CAP
On behalf of the NAELA Nominating Committee, I invite you to consider serving on the Academy’s Board of Directors, or consider nominating a colleague.

Book Reviews: So, What Brings You Here?

By  Karen Mariscal, Esq.
A survey of books that illuminate the parenting journey of special needs clients.

President's Message: Ready or Not -- Change is Coming

By  Letha Sgritta McDowell, CELA, CAP
I don’t know about you, but it seems as if life is returning to normal. However, “normal” looks different now than what it looked like before the pandemic.

To Thrive in Advocacy, NAELA Must Have Diamond Hands

By  David M. Goldfarb, Esq., CAE
This January, I watched with amazement as online amateur stock traders caused a “short squeeze, massively increasing the value of GameStop, a struggling video game retailer.

Jul/Aug/Sept 2021