What is a Certified Elder Law Attorney?

What is a Certified Elder Law Attorney? The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) is the only national organization certifying practitioners of elder and special needs law. NELF’sCertified Elder Law Attorney designation is itself certified by the American Bar Association.

In Texas, a good place to find a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) is the Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Texas NAELA) (www.texasnaela.com). Some attorneys have earned the designation Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA). These attorneys have the enhanced knowledge, skills, and experience to be properly identified to the public as Certified Elder Law Attorneys. The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) has developed and published rules and regulations regarding certification. NELF, a non-profit organization founded in 1993, is dedicated to the development and improvement of the professional competence of lawyers in the area of Elder Law.

The criteria for certification are as follows:

Licensure – Attorney must be licensed to practice law in at least one state or the District of Columbia
Practice – Attorney must have practiced law during the five years preceding their application and must still be practicing law.
Integrity/Good Standing – Attorney must be a member in good standing of the bars in all places in which they are licensed.
Substantial Involvement – Attorney must have spent an average of at least 16 hours per week practicing Elder Law during the three years preceding their application. In addition, they must have handled at least 60 Elder Law matters during those three years with a specified distribution among subjects as defined by the Foundation.
Continuing Legal Education – Attorney must have participated in at least 45 hours of continuing legal education in Elder Law during the preceding three years.
Peer Review/Professional References – Attorney must submit the names of five references from attorneys familiar with their competence and qualifications in Elder Law. These persons must themselves satisfy specified criteria.
Examination – Attorney must pass a full-day certification examination administered by NELF which is designed to demonstrate their specialized Elder Law knowledge and skills.

How do I know if my attorney is certified?

Your state Bar association website is a good place to start. It is crucial that you check to make sure that your lawyer is certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (www.nelf.org), before you hire an Elder Law Attorney. The Foundation has developed a certification program for Elder Law attorneys to identify the lawyers who have the enhanced knowledge, skills, experience, and proficiency to be properly identified to the public as Certified Elder Law Attorneys.

Disclaimer: Elder Options of Texas is not rendering any legal or professional advice.  If legal advice is necessary the reader should consult a competent attorney.

Texas Elder Law Attorneys

Barbara Epstein, Elder Law Attorney


Barbara Epstein, Elder Law Attorney

P.O. Box 49263 | Austin, TX 78765

Elder Law attorney Barbara Epstein serves seniors and their families in the following areas: Medicaid Planning, Medicaid Trusts, Ladybird Deeds, Estate Planning and Advance Directives, Medicaid trusts and Ladybird Deeds. Attorney Epstein can provide seniors and family members with practical legal advice by telephone. Documents delivery by email and U.S. mail. Her background in administrative law and at a legal hotline for the elderly and disabled has given her a unique exposure to Texas administrative agency procedures and services, experience with a broad range of common legal problems. Serving the Austin, Dallas, Georgetown, Houston and San Antonio metro areas.  MORE DETAILS >>

Law Office of Clyde Farrell, Bliss Pak & Greg Johnson Austin TX


Farrell & Pak PLLC

1000 Mo-Pac Cir. | Austin, TX 78746
The services provided by Farrell & Pak routinely include: Legal and financial planning for long-term care; Medicaid planning, applications and appeals; Estate planning for individuals and couples; Special Needs Trusts for family members with disabilities; Power of Attorney Agent and Guardianship advisory; Probate and estate administration; Alternatives to Probate Guardianship and Referrals to related geriatric services. Serving Austin, Bastrop, Bee Cave, Blanco, Boerne, Brenham, Bryan, Buda, Cedar Park, College Station, Creedmoor, Driftwood, Dripping Springs, Elgin, Fayetteville, Fredericksburg, Georgetown, Horseshoe Bay, Hutto, Kyle, Lakeway, Leander, Marble Falls, New Braunfels, Pflugerville, Round Rock, Salado, San Marcos, Sun City, Temple, and Wimberley TX. MORE DETAILS >>

Hegwood Law Group - Elder Law Attorneys - Houston, TX


Hegwood Law Group

950 Gemini Street | Houston, TX 77058

At Hegwood Law Group we provide comprehensive estate planning, elder law, asset protection, probate services and are affiliated with the Wealth Counsel, Elder Counsel, The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, The Advisor’s Forum and The College of The State Bar of Texas. We will meet with clients at their homes and care facilities. We believe in providing our clients the absolute best legal representation combined with compassionate advocacy and honest advice. Our ultimate objective is to ensure that the needs and goals of our clients are met both efficiently and effectively. Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Serving the areas of Clear Lake, Dickinson, Friendswood, Galveston, Houston, League City, Pearland, Sugar Land, and Texas City TX. MORE DETAILS >>

Ladyman Law Offices for Senior Planning - TX Medicaid Nursing Home Eligibility


Ladyman Law Offices for Senior Planning Services

749 Gateway St. Suite 202 | Abilene, TX 79602

The Ladyman Law Office for Senior Planning Services provides comprehensive financial planning to the aging population of Texas. Our main focus is nursing home Texas Medicaid planning. The Ladyman Law Office for Senior Planning Services is a longtime member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau of Abilene. Tim Ladyman, of the Ladyman Law Office for senior planning services, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SPEND ALL OF YOUR MONEY PAYING FOR NURSING HOME COSTS! Let the Ladyman Law Office for Senior Planning Services assist you with your Texas Medicaid Planning or Estate Preservation needs. Serving Abilene, Amarillo, Brownwood, Lubbock and San Angelo, TX. MORE DETAILS >>

Peter G. Milne Texas - East Texas Elder Law Attorney


Peter G. Milne. P.C.

327 W. Houston St. | Tyler, TX 75702

Peter G. Milne, P.C. provides legal services including Durable Power of Attorney, Medical Power of Attorney, Advance Health Care Directive (Living Will), Guardian Designation, Advance Planning for Medicaid Assistance, Restructuring Assets to Aid in Qualification for Medicaid Assistance, Medication Application Assistance, and Veteran’s Aid & Attendance Assistance. Peter G. Milne, P.C. is a member of the Better Business Bureau and 2010-2015 winner of BBB Gold Star Award. Serving the areas of Greenville, Longview, Palestine, Terrell and Tyler, TX. MORE DETAILS >>

The Wood Law Firm Medicaid Estate Planning Kerrville, Fredericksburg San Antonio


The Wood Law Firm, PLLC Senior Planning Division

451 Guadalupe St #203 – Kerrville, TX 78028

The Wood Law Firm can help you with Medicaid planning for long-term care, estate planning, elder law, probate, and guardianship. We offer a free initial consultation regarding Medicaid and estate planning matters so we can take the time necessary to discuss your family, assets, dreams, and objectives without “the meter running.” Planning options and fees/costs are discussed at the end of the consultation so you know what to expect. Our practice areas include Medicaid Planning, Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts, Wills, Revocable Trusts, Estate Planning, Probate/Trust Administration, Guardianship, and Asset Protection. Serving Central and South Texas including the areas of Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Boerne, and San Antonio, TX. MORE DETAILS >>

Thompson & Tiemann Attorneys Elder Law Attorneys, Austin TX


Thompson & Tiemann, LLP

5203 Pony Chase | Austin, TX 78727

Gaye Thompson and A. Lynn Tiemann – Elder Law Attorneys and Counselors at Law. As Elder Law attorneys Thompson and Tiemann strive to provide competent and reliable legal services to seniors and the people who care for them. The focus at Thompson Tiemann is on the legal issues of aging, including Advance Directives, Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Probate, Medicare and Medicaid Planning. Through Life Care Planning they help seniors and their families create a safety net of information, services, and necessary legal documents to prepare for and protect themselves on the aging journey. By Appointment Only. Serving Austin, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Round Rock, and San Marcos, TX.  MORE DETAILS >>

Virginia L. Lootens Elder Law Attorney, Houston TX


Virginia L. Lootens Attorney at Law

3100 Richmond Ave. Ste. 316 | Houston, TX 77098

Houston elder law attorney Virginia Lootens assists families in the areas of Medicaid Planning, Miller Trusts, Power of Attorney, Living Wills, Guardianship, Wills, and Probate. Services of the Elder Law Practice of Virginia L. Lootens include; wills & probate, directives, Powers of Attorney, spousal protection, asset protection, and assistance with Medicaid application. Attorney Lootens is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and licensed to practice law before all Texas Courts and the United States Supreme Court. If you’re seeking help with important issues regarding care, security and the protection and preservation of assets, you’ve come to the right place!Serving the areas of Bellaire, Friendswood, Houston, Katy, Sugar Land and The Woodlands, TX. MORE DETAILS >>

Wright Abshire Elder Law and Texas Medicaid Planning Attorneys


Wright Abshire Attorneys

4949 Bissonnet Street | Bellaire, TX 77401

Wright Abshire Attorneys is a Houston-area law firm offering a full range of elder law services to Texas families. We also serve out-of-state families with relatives in Texas. We draft and execute wills, trusts and special needs trusts. We also create advance directives and durable powers of attorney — always with a focus on meeting each client’s specific needs. We know that many families approach Medicaid planning and veterans benefits with unease. Our firm can inform you of your options and equip you with the advice you need to make sound decisions for your loved ones. Serving the zip code areas of 77401, 78932 and 77384 including Bastrop, College Station, Conroe, Deer Park, Fayetteville, Friendswood, Galveston, Houston, Katy, Kingwood, League City, Pasadena, Pearland, Richmond, Rosenberg, Spring, Sugar Land, Texas City and The Woodlands, TX. MORE DETAILS >>


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