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Thank you for your interest in joining NAELA. Our membership is based on the calendar year from January - December. Join today and your membership is active through the end of 2024.

Benefits of Joining NAELA

  • A free subscription to our weekly newsletter eBulletin, bimonthly NAELA News, and biannual NAELA Journal providing members legal updates and substantive articles on issues impacting the Elder and Special Needs Law community .
  • Advocacy Updates as well as well as timely Advocacy Alerts 
  • Inclusion on NAELA's Find An Attorney consumer directory that receives over 10,000 views a month
  • Instant connection to over 4,500 other members via the national listserv
  • Opportunities to attend exclusive networking and education events
  • Join sections and chapters that keep you up-to-date on specific areas of interest to you
  • Display the NAELA Member logo proudly
  • Access to the comprehensive Knowledge Base Library
  • Discounts on products and event registrations
  • Opportunities to develop and enhance your professional life
  • Member kits for the National Elder Law Month

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Membership Criteria

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The attorney has an understanding of the aging process and sensitivity to the needs of the elderly and people with disabilities.
  4. 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.
  5. The attorney, as a condition of membership, pledges to support the Academy’s Aspirational Standards for the Practice of Elder Law. The Aspirational Standards can be viewed at
  6. The attorney has knowledge of the aging network and those services available through other agencies which benefit the elderly and people with disabilities, or wishes to gain such knowledge.
  7. The attorney has a commitment to positive involvement in the work of the Academy and its purposes.

Dues Information
  • NAELA Membership
  • Law Professor/Judge
  • LSC program/Title III     
  • New Bar Admittees
  • Law Students
By joining and submitting renewal payments each year, members agree to pledge their support of the Academy's Aspirational Standards.

About NAELA Membership Payments

  • All NAELA dues are not refundable and membership is not transferable.
  • Because most NAELA members are not a part of large firms, NAELA membership is based on individual enrollment and does not offer a group enrollment option.
  • Contributions or gifts to NAELA (except the NAELA Foundation) are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for income tax purposes. However, they may be tax deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses subject to restrictions imposed as a result of lobbying and political activities. NAELA estimates that the non-deductible portion of your 2018 dues allocable to lobbying and political activities is 10%.

Membership is On A Calendar Year

  • Membership runs from January to December of each year
  • For those join after July 1st, NAELA dues are discounted 50%
  • Discounts after July 1st do not apply to section or chapter dues

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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.

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.

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The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) was founded in 1987 as a professional association of attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to people as they age and people with special needs.
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