When you are looking for an elder law attorney, it is important that you have an experienced legal professional representing you. An attorney’s membership in a national organization of elder law attorneys shows a commitment to staying up-to-date on legal issues affecting seniors. An attorney who is a member of a certifying elder law professional organization has been certified by the organization as being an experienced elder law attorney and has met the organization’s criteria to be able to have that distinction.
What is the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys?
Mark E. Clements and Carol J. Wallace are members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. was first founded as a professional organization in 1987. The goal of the organization is to improve the quality of services that are provided to persons with disabilities and to individuals as they age.
To be a member of The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA), an attorney must render legal services for the benefit of the elderly and be committed to the highest standards of ethics in representing the needs or promoting the welfare of the elderly.
What is the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF)?
The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) is the national certifying organization for lawyers in the fields of elder law and special needs. The National Elder Law Foundation has been certifying elder law attorneys since 1994. In order to achieve certification, attorneys must have practiced a minimum of 5 years with at least three of those years in the field of elder law and are required to complete a full day-long examination on issues relevant to senior law. Attorneys also must show that their legal practice is focused on representing older clients and clients with special needs.
Mark E. Clements and Carol J. Wallace are both certified elder law attorneys (CELA) and are among the approximately 400 lawyers nationwide who have this distinction. The National Elder Law Foundation indicates that “most of the leading figures in the elder law and special needs field today hold the CELA certification.”
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