Become a Member

Criteria for Membership

  • Membership is open to attorneys and all those who possess a juris doctorate or equivalent degree and are licensed or authorized to practice law under the jurisdiction of any country.
  • The attorney renders legal services for the benefit of the elderly and people with disabilities or is in an endeavor which encompasses the legal needs of the elderly and people with disabilities.
  • The attorney has an understanding of the aging process and sensitivity to the needs of the elderly and people with disabilities.
  • The attorney is committed to the highest standards of ethics in representing the needs or promoting the welfare of the elderly and people with disabilities.
  • The attorney has a working knowledge of the aging network and those services available through other agencies which benefit the elderly, or wishes to gain such knowledge.
  • The attorney has a commitment to positive involvement in the work of the Academy and its purposes.
  • The attorney, as a condition of membership, pledges to support the Academy’s Aspirational Standards for the Practice of Elder Law.

NAELA State Chapters

Members of NAELA are eligible to join the chapter of their choice. National NAELA membership is a requirement for state chapter membership. Please visit our chapter page to view chapter presidents and dues amount. As a chapter member you are eligible to participate on your chapter’s member listserv and utlize other community tools.  Contact or 703/942-5711 xt. 222

NAELA’s state chapters sponsor continuing legal education programs, publish newsletters and maintain internet-based databases and libraries. NAELA’s innovative state chapters lead grassroots efforts in advocating for the elderly and individuals with disabilities. Chapter officers distribute copies of legislation, sample letters to representatives and senators, as well as consistent public policy updates on an as needed basis. Chapter membership offers promotional opportunities via public access, state-specific membership directories. Leadership opportunities are available to members willing to serve on Chapter committees or serve as a Chapter officer or president.

NAELA Sections

Once you join NAELA, you have the opportunity to participate in nine distinctive Sections, providing information and networking capabilities specific to your practice and areas of interest. NAELA currently has Sections in the following areas: Advocacy/Litigation, Guardianship/Capacity, Health Care, Practice Development/Practice Management, Special Needs Law, Tax, Trusts and Special Needs Trusts, Benefits and Financing, and Young/ New Attorneys. For a minimal yearly fee, you will receive articles, cases, newsletters and other publications related to the specific topic of your chosen Section. In addition section members have access to substantive networking tools including listserv, section libraries and collaborative tools.