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The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is a professional association of more than 4,500 attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs. NAELA members assist their clients with public benefits, probate and estate planning, guardianship/conservatorship, and health and long-term care planning, among other important issues.

Membership is comprised of attorneys in the private and public sectors as well as judges, professors of law, and students. Our membership directory is available online and is continuously updated.

NAELA was founded in 1987 as a professional association of attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to people as they age and people with special needs. The primary focus of the Academy is education. The Academy sponsors continuing legal education programs on elder law and special needs planning for attorneys throughout the year, and provides publications and educational materials to its members on a wide range of elder law and special needs planning topics.

The Academy seeks to provide support to other organizations serving people as they age and people with disabilities. NAELA also examines and advocates on public policy issues facing seniors and people with special needs.

Quick Links
Why an Elder Law or Special Needs Planning Attorney?
NAELA Mission Statement
NAELA Aspirational Standards
Questions and Answers When Looking for an Elder or Special Needs Law Attorney
NAELA Awards and Fellows of the Academy
National Elder Law Month
National Special Needs Law Month
Public Policy Positions
Press Releases
Eye on Elder Issues
Aging and Special Needs Statistics

Media Contacts
Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys offer a wealth of information and expertise on topics ranging from long-term care to Medicare, Medicaid, and planning for disability. To arrange an interview with a NAELA member, email Communications Manager Abby Matienzo or call 703-942-5711 #230.

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Public Relations, Media, and Advertising Inquiries
Nancy Sween
Senior Director of Communications and Publications
703-942-5711 #225

To arrange an interview with an Elder or Special Needs Law attorney, contact:

Abby Matienzo
Communications Manager
703-952-5711 #230

What is Elder and Special Needs Law?