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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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Laura Silver Traiger

Laura Silver Traiger

President MassNAELA 2017

CALLS TO ACTION

LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS:  Thanks to all members who contacted their legislators!  MassNAELA has now filed 6 bills for the new two-year legislative session that started January, 2017 and will continue until the end of December, 2018.  Below you will find the bill texts for the Senate bills which are identical to the House bills and fact sheets for 5 of the bills.  If you have any questions regarding these bills or MassNAELA’s advocacy efforts, please contact Nomita Ganguly at nganguly@verizon.net or 781-354-2444.

Pooled Trust Bill: 

An Act to Preserve Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Seniors

Representative Hogan/Senator Jehlen

HD2807; SD1278

Pooled trust fact sheet

Veterans’ Aid and Attendance Bill: 

An Act to Protect Medically Needy Veterans

Senator Rush

SD1851

Veteran A&A bill fact sheet 2017

Community Care Bill

An Act to Support Equal Access to Community Care for Elders and the Disabled

Representative Benson, Senator Eldridge

HD1478; SD419

community care bill fact sheet 2017

Undue Hardship Waiver Bill

An Act To Protect Masshealth Applicants Facing Undue Hardship

Representative Hogan, Senator Chandler

HD3066; SD981

Undue Hardship fact sheet 2017

Transfer of Assets Bill:

An Act Relative to Transfers of Assets by MassHealth Members

Representative Barber, Senator Montigny

HD2927; SD1387

TOA fact sheet 2017

 Long Term Care Insurance Bill

An Act Relative to Liability For Medical Assistance Paid

Representative Brodeur, Senator Chandler

HD3080; SD983

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Do you have two to three hours a month for volunteer work? Are you interested in mentoring a less-experienced attorney? Please consider giving pro bono attorneys the benefit of your expertise!

 The Women’s Bar Foundation (WBF) is looking for experienced elder law practitioners to serve as mentors for a unique and longstanding pro bono initiative, the Elder Law Project (ELP). Additional details about this two-hour commitment are below. Please contact Kristy Nardone at knardone@womensbar.org or Elizabeth Yows-Johnson at eyowsjohnson@womensbar.org for more information or to volunteer. Pro bono attorneys cite their positive experience with mentors as one of the greatest satisfactions in representing ELP clients!

The WBF, the charitable arm of the Women’s Bar Association, manages several pro bono projects, including the ELP. Through the ELP, pro bono attorneys draft simple end-of-life documents for low-income seniors. The ELP screening includes a confirmation of eligibility and a discussion of the benefits of preparing a will, health care proxy, power of attorney, and/or homestead declaration.  Each volunteer attorney agrees to take two cases within a year, and the ELP anticipates that he or she will spend fewer than ten pro bono hours on each case.

The backbone of the ELP is its mentorship program.  Each volunteer attorney is paired with an experienced practitioner who understands elders and has experience drafting end-of-life documents. Mentors agree to answer questions from their “mentee” as well as review documents if appropriate. Mentors never meet with clients—they serve as advisors and have the opportunity to guide a newer attorney through his or her first elder law case.  Mentors choose the number of ELP attorneys they wish to mentor, and it is anticipated that the mentor time commitment is fewer than two pro bono hours per mentee.

Please consider helping a new attorney serve a low-income senior who is grappling with end-of-life decisions.