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 with the following mission:

  • To provide information, education, networking, and assistance to Massachusetts attorneys, bar organizations, and other individuals or groups advising elderly clients, clients with special needs and their families;
  • To promote high standards of technical expertise and ethical awareness among attorneys, bar organizations and other individuals or groups engaged in the practice of advising elderly clients, clients with special needs and their families;
  • To develop public awareness and advocate for the benefit of the elderly, those with special needs and their families, by promoting public policies that support our mission; and
  • To encourage involvement and enhance membership in, and to promote networking among members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

MassNAELA is a voluntary association whose members consist of a dedicated group of elder law and special needs attorneys across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mission Statement:

The Mission of MassNAELA is to establish MassNAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance and services in Massachusetts to enhance the lives of people with disabilities, special needs and people as they age.

MassNAELA’s further mission is to promote the highest standards of technical expertise while maintaining ethical awareness among its members who represent the most frail and vulnerable individuals.

Aspirational Standards:

The MANAELA Aspirational Standards are the product of study and deliberation by the MassNAELA Board of Directors.

Elder law attorneys are, of course, bound by Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct.  MANAELA’s Aspirational Standards build upon and supplement those rules. Attorneys who aspire to and meet these Standards will elevate their level of professionalism in the practice of Elder Law, and enhance the quality of service to their clients. As attorneys meet these Standards, the practice of Elder Law will be raised to a higher standard of professionalism.

As a condition of membership, an attorney must pledge to support the Aspirational Standards for the practice of Elder and Special Needs Law.

Click here for the Aspirational Standards of MassNAELA.