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.

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There are certified elder law attorneys in nearly every state. Click below to find a CELA near you.

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The National Elder Law Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 193, and is dedicated to the development and improvement of the professional competence of lawyers in the area of elder law

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The National Elder Law Foundation 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 special needs and elder law, who has passed a rigorous examination, who maintains continuing education and involvement standards, and who has been recognized by his or her peers and colleagues? This is the place to find that attorney — a Certified Elder Law Attorney. 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? We have a section specifically focused on attorneys and attorney resources.

Why You Shoud Use a Certified Elder Law Attorney

When you look for an attorney to help with a special needs or elder law 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 special needs/elder law field for at least three of those years.
CELAs must pass a rigorous day long written examination. Recent pass rates have been below 50% — and that is of applicants who have already met the experience requirements
CELA applicants must demonstrate “substantial involvement” in special needs and elder law practice by demonstrating a minimum number of individual cases, across different elder law categories
CELAs must undergo a reveiw by peers and colleagues, focused on the applicants reputation for ethical and competent representation in elder law and special needs planing matters

Knowledge Base

Looking for information about elder law, planning for or dealing with special needs, or the CELA certification? We provide selected additional resources to help you locate a qualified attorney in your area, or to help you find answers to your questions about elder and special needs law, the CELA designation, and the National Elder Law Foundation.

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 and hopefully near you.  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.  Our members are experienced, tested and peer reviewed in order to be able to help you at this time.

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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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