For Immediate Release
September 29, 2017        
Contact: Abby Matienzo, Communications Manager
                703-942-5711 #230

NAELA Celebrates National Special Needs Law Month in October

Elder Law and Special Needs Planning Attorneys Focus on Education and Awareness of Legal Options for People with Disabilities and Their Families

Washington, DC — The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) established October as National Special Needs Law Month as a grassroots effort to help people with disabilities and their families understand Special Needs Planning and the resources available to them.

Special Needs Planning can involve special needs trusts, care management, advocacy to preserve educational or civil rights, public benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid, and other important issues.

“NAELA members are focused on educating their clients and the general public on available legal resources to assist people with special needs and their loved ones,” said NAELA President Hyman G. Darling, CELA, CAP.

Many NAELA members will be celebrating National Special Needs Law Month with activities in their communities covering topics such as:
•    Financing long-term care,
•    Care management,
•    Special needs trusts, and
•    SSI and Medicaid rules and regulations.

Learn more about NAELA members.

To receive a free NAELA brochure: “Questions and Answers When Looking for an Elder and 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 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. Upon joining, NAELA member attorneys agree to adhere to the NAELA Aspirational Standards. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is 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. For more information, visit

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