About NAELA

Members of NAELA are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of older Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities.

Elder and special needs law includes helping such persons and their families with planning for incapacity and long-term care, Medicaid and Medicare coverage (including coverage of nursing home and home care), health and long-term care insurance, and health care decision-making. It also includes drafting of supplemental needs and other trusts, the selection of long-term care providers, home care and nursing home problem solving, retiree health and income benefits, retirement housing, and fiduciary services or representation.

Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. NAELA's mission is to educate, inspire, serve, and provide community to attorneys with practices in elder and special needs law. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.

History and Standards

For more than 30 years, NAELA has been recognized as the best professional organization for attorneys specializing in elder and special needs law.
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Mission

The mission of the NAELA is educate, inspire, serve, and provide community to attorneys with practices in elder and special needs law.
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2022-2023 Executive Committee and Board of Directors

Executive Committee and Board directory
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Governance

The management of NAELA is vested in the Board of Directors and elected representatives of the eligible membership body (including the elected officers).
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Contact Us and NAELA Staff

Located in Vienna, Virginia, we do not provide legal advice or services in our office.
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Advocacy and Foundation

NAELA seeks to advocate for and provide support to other organizations serving people as they age and people with disabilities.
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Chapters

Community, education and advocacy for elder and special needs law attorneys is also available at the state level through NAELA’s chapters. Contact NAELA membership to learn more.
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