For Immediate Release
August 15, 2016                                                                                                                           
Abby Matienzo, Communications Manager
                 703-942-5711 #230

NAELA Releases Video Series for People With Multiple Sclerosis
 Series seeks to help people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and their families understand complex legal and planning issues they face


Washington, D.C. – The new “Legal and Care Planning for People with Multiple Sclerosis” video series is intended to help people diagnosed with MS and their families understand the complex legal and planning issues they face. It was produced via a partnership between the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and Stetson University College of Law, in consultation with the National MS Society.

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms vary from person to person and range from numbness and tingling, to walking difficulties, fatigue, dizziness, pain, depression, blindness and paralysis. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease.

“NAELA is proud to partner with Stetson University College of Law to provide these resources to assist people living with MS. NAELA members are dedicated to serving people as they age and people with disabilities. They are well-equipped to coordinate care by working with a national network of other professionals as well as provide legal solutions tailored to meet the specific needs of clients and their families,” said NAELA President Catherine Seal, CELA, CAP.

“Those of us at the [Stetson] Center for Excellence in Elder Law are excited to work with NAELA on this great educational project,” said Professor Rebecca C. Morgan, Boston Asset Management Chair in Elder Law and Co-Director, Center for Excellence in Elder Law at Stetson University.

The video series can be viewed on the NAELA website or on YouTube. Titles include:
•  How Elder and Special Needs Law Attorneys Can Help People Diagnosed with MS
Presented by Craig C. Reaves, CELA, Fellow, CAP
•  Legal and Care Planning for Younger People with MS
Presented by Robert Brogan, CELA, CAP
•  Coordinating Attendant Care and Available Resources
Presented by Stephen Dale, Esq., LLM
•  Family Law and Divorce: When a Partner Has MS
Presented by Patricia E. Kefalas Dudek, Esq., CAP, Fellow
•  Property and Health Care Decision-Making Agents: An Overview
Presented by Mary Alice Jackson, Esq., Fellow

NAELA members can contact Communications Manager Abby Matienzo by email for an embeddable link to the series playlist for use on their law firm websites.

To receive a free NAELA brochure: “Questions and Answers When Looking For an Elder or Special Needs Law Attorney,” contact Communications Manager Abby Matienzo by email or phone at 703-942-5711 #230.

Find an Elder and Special Needs Law attorney in your area using NAELA’s Online Member Directory.

Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations and others. The mission of NAELA 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 members across the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

About Stetson University College of Law

Stetson University College of Law is Florida’s first law school. It has educated lawyers for more than a century. The law school is located in the Gulfport/St. Petersburg area with a satellite campus in downtown Tampa. Stetson University’s historic campus, founded in 1883 in DeLand, is home to the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business Administration, and School of Music. Stetson also has a satellite center in Celebration offering advanced degrees.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources so that everyone affected by multiple sclerosis can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Last year alone, through our comprehensive nationwide network of services, the Society devoted $122.2 million to connect more than one million individuals to the people, information and resources they need. To move closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $54 million to support more than 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world. We are united in our collective power to do something about MS now and end this disease forever. Learn more at


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