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Special Needs Advocacy Toolkit - Steps to a better future

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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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Pamela B. Greenfield

Pamela B. Greenfield

President MassNAELA 2021

Recent News and Calls to Action

June 11, 2020: MassNAELA Statement – To our colleagues, friends, members, and their clients:

MassNAELA has always made it our mission to help, advocate and fight for vulnerable, underserved populations such as seniors, veterans and the disabled, which include many people of color. We share the outrage over the death of George Floyd and so many other people who have lost their lives because of systemic racism. We recognize the raw pain felt due to these acts of brutality and we refuse to accept it. It inspires us to do what we can to bring about real, permanent change.

We stand in solidarity with the Black community and everyone across the country who is peacefully protesting our long-standing history of racial injustice. We agree it is time to end the silence and to not only speak out against the racial inequities that exist but also take action.

To our colleagues, friends and members’ clients in the Black community, we see you and we vow to listen, understand and be a powerful, supportive and enduring partner in pursuing equal and fair treatment for all populations. To that end, MassNAELA will more tightly align our advocacy with what this country should be doing to put a stop to all healthcare, educational and societal inequities and disparities.


Paula K. Almgren
MassNAELA President

April 24, 2020

Recently  Massachusetts passed a law regarding Remote Notarization. The passage of this law was a joint effort of many attorneys and associations throughout the state. MassNAELA worked with other bar associations in Massachusetts to create template documents, and a list of frequently asked  questions and best practices. In addition, MassNAELA hosted a webinar on this topic on Monday, April 27, 2020.

CLICK HERE to view all our available resources.

January 1, 2019

Effective January 1, 2019 all Residency Agreements between Assisted Living Residences and a resident must include a signed an initialed copy of the state issued cover sheet. For the full memorandum issued by the state and a copy of the cover sheet please click the link below.

Residency Agreement Cover Sheet and Memorandum

June 14, 2018

The Special Needs Steering Committee 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