May is National Elder Law Month – #2

ElderLawMonthLongThe 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 this second in a series of five posts, I want to talk more about the work that NAELA does for senior citizens and people with special needs.

Today’s question…

What is the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)?

NAELA, founded in 1987, is a national association of Elder Law and Special Needs Planning attorneys devoted to the education and training of attorneys who can meet the needs of seniors and people with disabilities, and who advocate for the needs of such individuals. While NAELA members work one-on-one with clients in their local areas, NAELA, as an association, examines national public policy issues and advocates for seniors and people with special needs in America including long-term health care; planning for retirement; estate planning and probate; guardianship and conservatorship; health care decision-making; and elder abuse and neglect.

I am proud to be a member of NAELA.  The organization is currently working on building support for the passage of the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act.  You can read about the proposed law here.