NAELA members, working together and learning from one another, have broad experience with legal issues affecting people as they age and people with disabilities.


NAELA sponsors continuing education programs for attorneys and provides publications and educational materials to members.


NAELA leads and advocates on public policy issues facing members’ clients and their families.


Trump Medicare Promise Causes Heartburn for GOP

01/11/2017 |  Story

Time and again on the campaign trail, Donald Trump pledged to his supporters that he wouldn’t gut Medicare as president. Trump’s incoming chief of staff, Reince Priebus, doubled down on that position over the weekend, insisting that his boss wouldn’t “meddle” with Medicare or Social Security. But a week before Trump’s inauguration, that campaign promise is already encountering fierce resistance from Republicans on Capitol Hill.
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New Nursing Home Rules Offer Residents More Control of Their Care

01/9/2017 |  Story

About 1.4 million residents of nursing homes across the country now can be more involved in their care under the most wide-ranging revision of federal rules for such facilities in 25 years.
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Early Alzheimer’s Gene Spells Tragedy For Patients, Opportunity For Science

01/10/2017 |  Story

Rosemary Navarro was living in Mexico when her brother called from California. Something wasn’t right with their mom, then in her early 40s. She was having trouble paying bills and keeping jobs as a food preparer in convalescent homes.
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NAELA President’s Statement on Senate Health Care Reform Legislation
6/23/2017  Press Release
NAELA President Hy Darling, CELA, CAP, released the following statement on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate’s version of the American Health Care Act, today.
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NAELA Celebrates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
6/14/2017  Press Release
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) celebrates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2017.
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June 2017 Advocacy Update
6/1/2017  Newsletter
Amended American Health Care Act Passes House - The House of Representatives passed an amended version of the American Health Care Act on May 4, 2017.
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Daley and Nadeau Decisions
5/31/2017  Story
Massachusetts' highest court ruled Monday that the home property and the remainder interest held in Medicaid applicants' irrevocable income-only trusts were not available assets even though the applicants retained the right to use the houses during t
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NAELA Aspirational Standards
5/24/2017  Story
The second edition of the NAELA Aspirational Standards was unanimously approved by the NAELA Board of Directors on April 26, 2017.
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How Elder Law Attorneys Can Help Lower-Income Seniors

Because legal help is naturally oriented towards seniors with money, lower income seniors, with little or no money to pay for advice or help, often have difficulty finding answers to their financial questions. Their stories can be heart rending. After nearly 40 years of practice, I have learned that elder law attorneys want to help seniors, this population that can be most helpless in our society. While it is tempting to refer these seniors elsewhere, there may be no one else who will answer their questions. Learn how you can help find solutions for these seniors.Presenter: Eric Olsen - Eric Olsen Executive Director of HELPS.