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Welcome to the website of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (“NAELA”).

NAELA is a national association of lawyers who work with older clients, disabled clients of all ages, and their families. Established in 1987, NAELA provides its members a resource for education, information, networking and assistance with the many specialized issues involved with legal services for seniors and people with special needs. NAELA provides the general public information, advocacy on legislation affecting the elderly and those with special needs, and assistance in finding qualified attorneys who specialize in the legal needs of the elderly and those with special needs.

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The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (MassNAELA) is a non-profit organization that was incorporated in 1992, to serve the legal profession and the public. Learn more >

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Karen B. Johnson

Karen B. Johnson

President MassNAELA 2018

Recent News and Calls to Action

December 18, 2018

On December 6, 2018 the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys held its annual meeting and Vendor Fair. Click the link below to read about award winners and the election results!

Annual Meeting Press Release

June 14, 2018

The Special Needs Workgroup of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is excited to announce the completion and release of the Special Needs Advocacy Toolkit.  The project has been in the works for quite some time and has had many contributors over the past year.

The Toolkit was written for the non-attorney, but is an excellent general resource for all attorneys, their clients, potential clients, and the special needs community in general. The Toolkit addresses general advocacy goals; education, medical and financial advocacy; medical insurance; state and federal services; and housing.  The Toolkit also has an extensive list of resources that is broken down into legal assistance, advocacy organizations and government agencies.

The Special Needs Advocacy Toolkit is available for download to the public:  Special Needs Advocacy Toolkit

There is a growing need for consolidated information on Special Needs Law to ensure that  families and caregivers become more aware of the legal rights and benefits available for their loved ones with special needs. We hope that this Toolkit will begin to address that need.

Many thanks to all of the contributors and proofreaders that have volunteered their time to complete this project.

The Special Needs Workgroup

May 2018

Dear MassNAELA member:

Please see the links below and sign up sheet to participate in the 9th annual Elder Law month.  Note, that deference for speakers will be given to those individuals who have joint membership with both the MBA and MassNAELA. However, if there is a shortage of speakers, those members of MassNAELA, who are not members of the MBA will be next in line.Our hope is that for those of you that are speaking that your topic focus on the importance of having a MassNAELA attorney provide advice and complete and submit MassHealth applications (in addition to the basic explanations relative to the need for a power of attorney, health care proxy and will).

MBA Elder Law Collaboration – 018 Speaker Signup form

MBA Elder Law Collaboration – ELEP attorney invite ltr 2018

Thank you.