May is National Elder Law Month


The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) has declared the month of May “National Elder Law Month.” NAELA will be sponsoring programs throughout the United States to educate older Americans about their legal rights and to call attention to the legal resources available to them within their own communities. I am a member of NAELA, which is a professional association of attorneys dedicated to improving the availability and delivery of legal services to older Americans. In my next five posts, I will present a series of questions and answers about elder law.  Let’s start with a question I get asked rather frequently….

What is Elder Law and Special Needs Planning?

Elder Law and Special Needs Planning is holistic, multidisciplinary practice that concentrates on representation, legal counseling, and assistance to seniors, people with disabilities, and their families in connection with a variety of legal issues, from estate planning to long-term care issues, with an emphasis on promoting the highest quality of life for the individual. The person-centered approach considers legal, medical, financial, social, and family issues.