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Certified Elder Law Attorneys describe the certification and why it matters -- to consumers and to other lawyers.

NAELA, NELF, CELA, ACTEC -- What Does It All Mean?

[Note: this article originally appeared in Elder Law Issues, the weekly newsletter of Fleming & Curti, PLC, in Tucson, Arizona. It is reprinted here with permission of the author.]NAELA, NELF, CELA, ACTEC — What Does It All Mean?All you want to do is to find a lawyer to draft a simple will and powers of attorney. You ask your friends, but no one has a referral they feel unequivocally good about. A little online searching reveals that there are any number of organizations, credentials and qualifications–but how on earth do you figure out which lawyer actually knows something about estate ... read more ▸

What is a Certified Elder Law Attorney?

[This article originally appeared on the website of CELAs Jean Galloway Ball and Loretta Morris Williams. It is reprinted here with the firm's permission.] What is a Certified Elder Law Attorney? You may be wondering what a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) is. That is not surprising since Elder Law is a relatively new specialty.In 1988 the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) was formed to address the unique needs of the elderly and the disabled. Elder Law differs from other legal specialties such as tax law or Trusts and estates because its objective is to provide comprehensive services ... read more ▸

Lawyer Specialization: Selecting a Certified Elder Law Attorney

[Note: this article is reprinted courtesy of Pennsylvania CELA Jeffrey Marshall. It first appeared on his blog, The Marshall Elder & Estate Planning Blog.] Lawyer Specialization: Selecting a Certified Elder Law Attorney What is Lawyer Certification Maybe you have never needed the services of an attorney before; but now you do. Obviously, you want to find a lawyer who is an expert in the area of law relating to your legal needs and can best handle your particular legal situation. To help you find such a lawyer, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has established rules for the certification of lawyers who ... read more ▸

What is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, and Why Does It Matter?

[This article first appeared on the blog of Certified Elder Law Attorney Jeffrey Marshall, from Pennsylvania. It is reprinted here with his permission.] What is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), and Why Does it Matter 5 lawyers with Marshall, Parker and Associates have achieved the status of certified elder law attorney (CELA). That is more than any other law firm in the nation. But what does that certification mean.  Certifications are a dime a dozen aren't they? It’s true that many senior certifications are pretty much meaningless. They may signify nothing more than that the advisor took a marketing ... read more ▸

What is a CELA?

[Note: this article originally appeared on the website of CELA Andrew Hook of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is reprinted here with permission of Oast & Hook]WHAT IS A CERTIFIED ELDER LAW ATTORNEY (“CELA”)? In the spring of 1994, I discussed the new elder law attorney certification program with my paralegal. To be honest, I was reluctant to apply. I had not taken a formal exam since I took the Virginia Bar exam 20 years previously. The thought of a formal exam made me apprehensive. I was not sure the benefit would out weigh the cost and effort. My paralegal, however, ... read more ▸

Elder Law Comes of Age

By Helen Cohn Needham, CELA What Must A Certified Elder Law Attorney Know? The Board's expectations of an elder law attorney's knowledge are expansive. The attorney must know about the following subjects:health and long-term care planning;public benefits (includes Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security);surrogate decision-making (includes powers of attorney and guardianship);older persons' legal capacity; andthe conservation, disposition and administration of the older person's estate (includes wills, trust and probate of an estate).In advising about these matters the elder law attorney must pay attention to the applicable tax consequences of the action, or the need for more sophisticated tax expertise. In addition, the Board expects ... read more ▸

Certification In Elder Law Available To Attorneys Tucson, Ariz. - The National Elder Law Foundation, through its Board of Certification (Board), has announced a program ...
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