The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) is the only national organization certifying practitioners of elder and special needs law. There are nearly 500 Certified Elder Law Attorneys across the country.

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The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) is the only national organization certifying practitioners of elder and special needs law. NELF’s Certified Elder Law Attorney designation is itself certified by the American Bar Association. There are nearly 500 CELAs across the country, and our numbers are growing steadily.

Are you looking for an attorney who has demonstrated expertise in elder law and special needs, passed a rigorous examination, maintains continuing education and involvement standards, and has been recognized by his or her peers and colleagues? This is the place to find that attorney — a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA). You can use the “Find a CELA” page to locate a CELA by state.

Are you an attorney interested in learning more about the CELA certification?

Why You Should Use a Certified Elder Law Attorney

When you look for an attorney to help with an elder law or special needs issue, you should first look for a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) near you.  The CELA certification has frequently been referred to as “the gold standard” for elder law and special needs practitioners.

 

CELAs have practiced law for at least five years, and have focused at least half of their practice in the elder law/special needs field for at least three of those years.
CELAs have passed a required comprehensive examination.
CELAs have indicated “substantial involvement” in elder law and/or special needs practice by demonstrating a minimum number of individual cases, across various elder law categories
CELAs have undergone a review by peers and colleagues, focused on the attorney’s reputation for ethical and competent representation in elder law and special needs planning matters.

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Looking for information about elder law, special needs, or the CELA certification?
NELF provides carefully chosen resources to help you locate a qualified CELA in your area.

Certified Elder Law Attorneys describe elder law topics, certifications, and why it all matters — to attorneys and consumers.

Learn about Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts, and other elder law issues from Certified Elder Law Attorneys around the country.

Find a CELA

Finding a CELA is crucial when dealing with the very specialized area of elder law and special needs planning.  We have made it easy for you to find a CELA in your state.   Please find one of our members, even if it means some travel, since they are uniquely trained to help you and your family during some of the most difficult times in your life.

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The National Elder Law Foundation is the only national organization certifying practitioners of elder and special needs law. There are nearly 500 Certified Elder Law Attorneys across the country.

Are You an Attorney?

Interested in learning more about the CELA certification?
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