During Elder Law Month, NAELA members across the country offer special living will days, public seminars, Elder Law clinics, and other activities designed to educate the public. 

"Elder Law attorneys are competent, caring, and compassionate professionals," said Craig Reaves, former NAELA President. "They focus on the overall picture of what is best for clients and their families."

What Is Elder Law?

Elder Law is a specialized area of law that involves representing, counseling, and assisting seniors, people with disabilities, and their families in connection with a variety of legal issues, from estate planning to long term care issues, with a primary emphasis on promoting the highest quality of life for the individuals. Typically, Elder Law attorneys address the client’s perspective from a holistic viewpoint by discussing legal, medical, financial, social, and family issues.

Demand for Elder Law Is Growing


The number of older individuals in the population is projected to increase to 71.5 million in 2030, representing nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population. As a result, the need is growing for specialized legal advice about aging-related issues.

See recent statistics on Aging and Special Needs and Long-Term Care and Health Reform (Alliance for Health Reform Sourcebook).

What are the Issues Addressed By Elder Law Attorneys?


Elder Law attorneys are experts in 13 key areas including:

  • Estate Planning and Probate,
  • Estate and Gift Tax Planning,
  • Guardianship/Conservatorship,
  • Medicaid and Medicare,
  • Entitlement Programs,
  • Retirement Benefits,
  • Age Discrimination,
  • Elder Abuse/Neglect,
  • Housing, Long-Term Care Financing,
  • Medical Decision Making, and
  • Disability Planning and Insurance.
2016 Events
Check out these events in Florida 1 and 2, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Also read this article published in observance of National Elder Law Month.

Past National Elder Law Month Events

Learn more about Elder and Special Needs Law topics.

Why Choose a NAELA Member Attorney?

NAELA members specialize in Elder Law. They understand the unique and complex issues faced by people as they age, as well as the issues their families face. Learn more about what makes a NAELA member your best choice for an attorney.

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Email us for a free copy of our "Questions and Answers When Looking For An Elder Law Attorney" brochure.

Find an Elder and Special Needs Law Attorney in your area through our Member Directory.

For more information on Elder Law Month, contact Communications Manager Abby Matienzo.


During National Special Needs Law Month, NAELA members across the country offer special living will days, public seminars, Special Needs Law clinics, and other activities designed to educate the public.

What Is Special Needs Law?
 

Special Needs Law is a specialized area of law that involves representing, counseling, and assisting people with disabilities and their families in connection with a variety of legal issues, from disability planning to mental health, with a primary emphasis on promoting the highest quality of life for the individuals. Typically, Special Needs Law attorneys address the client’s perspective from a holistic viewpoint by discussing legal, medical, financial, social, and family issues.

Demand for Special Needs Law Is Growing


"About one in every five people in the United States has a disability. Some people are born with a disability. Some get sick or have an accident that results in a disability. Some people develop disabilities as they age. Almost all of us will have a disability at some point." – Surgeon General (MedlinePlus, Disabilities)

As a result, the need is growing for specialized legal advice about special needs-related issues.

See recent statistics on Aging and Special Needs and Long-Term Care and Health Reform (Alliance for Health Reform Sourcebook).

What are the Issues Addressed By Special Needs Law Attorneys? 

Special Needs Law attorneys are experts in key areas including:

  • Durable powers of attorney,
  • Guardianship and conservatorship,
  • Medicaid,
  • Medicare, and
  • Planning for health care decision-making.

Learn more about Elder and Special Needs Law topics.

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To arrange an interview with an Elder or Special Needs Law attorney, contact:
Communications Manager
Abby Matienzo
703-942-5711 #230
Request a NAELA member to speak at your event.
 
Public Relations, Media, and Advertising Inquiries
Sr. Director of Communications and Publications 
Nancy Sween
703-942-5711 #225

About the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) 
Established in 1987, NAELA is a nonprofit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations and others. Members of NAELA are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. The mission of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has more than 4,000 members across the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.