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.

Elder law and special needs planning 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 special 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. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. 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 leading professional organization for attorneys specializing in elder law and special needs planning.
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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.
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Leadership and Governance

The management of NAELA is vested in the Board of Directors and consists of no more than 26 elected representatives of the regular members of NAELA (including the elected officers).
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How To Contact Us

Our offices are located at 1577 Spring Hill Road, Suite 310, Vienna, Virginia 22182. Contact us by email naela@naela.org (we do not provide legal advice or services) by telephone (703) 942-5711, or by fax (703) 563-9504.
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Advocacy and Foundation

The Academy seeks to advocate for and provide support to other organizations serving people as they age and people with special needs.
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NAELA currently has 28 active chapters. Members of NAELA are eligible to join the chapter of their choice. If you are interested in joining a chapter contact NAELA Membership.
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