Southern California Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Advocating for and providing legal services to older adults, people with special needs, and their families.

Who Are We?

The Southern California Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) is a professional association of attorneys who are dedicated to assisting clients with public benefits, probate and estate planning, guardianship/conservatorship, and health and long-term care planning. NAELA is comprised of attorneys in the private and public sectors, as well as judges, professors of law, and students. Southern California NAELA provides its members with continuing legal education programs, conferences, networking events and newsletters on a broad range of Elder Law and Special Needs Planning topics. For more information visit the NAELA national website (the SoCal NAELA umbrella organization).


What Do We Do?


The Southern California NAELA Chapter provides continuing legal education to members and advocates to protect the needs of older adults and people with special needs.  SoCal NAELA attorneys must be licensed to practice law in the state of California and must be members of the national organization of NAELA. NAELA, founded in 1987, is a national association of elder law and special needs planning attorneys devoted to educating and training those who advocate for and meet the needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities. NAELA endorses and advocates for the following:


  • Advocating for long term care needs.
  • Implementing accessible services regardless of age, illness or disability.
  • Maintaining the highest practicable physical, mental and psycho-social well-being for each person.
  • Enforcing the right of competent individuals to make their own health care decisions.
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SoCal NAELA supports attorneys who practice Elder Law and Special Needs Planning in Southern California by providing educational programs and professional networking opportunities.