National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Announces Foundation at National Conference

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Nonprofit Organization to Support Goals of NAELA and Elder and Special Needs Law Profession

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The Foundation plays a critical role in allowing NAELA to improve the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs by offering financial support to help educate our members and further develop their everyday practice

On behalf of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Vincent J. Russo, CELA, CAP, of Westburg, N.Y., a founding NAELA member, Fellow, and Past President, will proudly introduce the NAELA Foundation at the NAELA Annual Conference, to be held from April 26-28, 2012, in Seattle, Wash.

The mission of the NAELA Foundation is to promote the goals of NAELA and the Elder and Special Needs Law profession through scholarships, advocacy, research, and education. The Foundation’s initial focus is on awarding scholarships to NAELA members in financial need so that they can attend national education events. The Foundation is also creating a litigation advocacy fund with the objective of establishing good legal precedent in matters of critical importance to older Americans and people with special needs.

“The Foundation plays a critical role in allowing NAELA to improve the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs by offering financial support to help educate our members and further develop their everyday practice,” said NAELA Foundation Chair Vincent J. Russo. “Moreover, by establishing a litigation fund, we hope to assist other nonprofit organizations, NAELA State Chapters, and other entities in their efforts to ensure that seniors and people with special needs benefits from the services they need and deserve.”

To make a donation to the NAELA Foundation, please complete the donation form and mail it to NAELA Foundation, 1577 Spring Hill Road, Suite 220, Vienna, VA 22182. Please make checks payable to NAELA Foundation. Credit card donations can be faxed to 703-563-9504.

Please note that donations to the NAELA Foundation, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, are deductible as charitable contributions under the Internal Revenue Code.

About NAELA
Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations and others. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org.

About Elder and Special Needs Law
Elder and Special Needs Law are specialized areas that involve representing, counseling and assisting seniors, people with disabilities and their families in connection with a variety of legal issues, with a primary emphasis on promoting the highest quality of life for individuals. Typically, Elder Law and Special Needs Law address the convergence of legal needs with the social, psychological, medical and financial needs of individuals. The Elder Law and Special Needs Law attorney handles estate planning and counsels clients about planning for incapacity with health care decision-making documents. The Elder and Special Needs Law attorney also assists clients in planning for possible long-term care needs, including at-home care, assisted living or nursing home care. Locating the appropriate type of care, coordinating public and private resources to finance the cost of care and working to ensure the client’s right to quality care are all part of the Elder and Special Needs Law practice.
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