Why Choose a Certified Elder Law Attorney

Carol Wallace recently received re-certification as a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) through the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF).  Initially certified in 1996, Carol became the first attorney in Alabama to attain an elder law certification. She has remained in good standing by going through certification renewal every five years as required. So, what is a CELA and why is it important to choose one when you’re looking for an attorney?

What is a Certified Elder Law Attorney(CELA)?

An attorney who has been certified in elder law by the National Elder Law Foundation has a deep understanding of the issues affecting senior citizens and is dedicated to continual legal education. Additionally, NELF has the only elder law program accredited by the American Bar Association.

Requirements for certification include:

  • At least five years of law practice, with at least 16 hours a week practicing elder law in the three years prior to applying for certification
  • At least 45 hours of continuing elder law legal education during the three years prior to application
  • A positive evaluation by five elder law attorney specialists
  • Passing a strenuous, full-day certification examination
  • Certification renewal every five years

By choosing a CELA, you can be assured you will receive expert advice from a qualified attorney. To schedule an appointment with our elder law attorneys, contact us today.