When you want to make sure that you never go broke from nursing home care, you should plan ahead. Look for a lawyer with demonstrated expertise and experience to help you. A Certified Elder Law Attorney is a lawyer who has been recognized as an expert specializing in Elder Law.
When you want to find an elder law attorney, you want to make sure that you have someone who has the experience and the knowledge to be able to help you. CELA (pronounced “SEEL-ah”) stands for Certified Elder Law Attorney, spelled C-E-L-A.
There are many organizations such as the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. and that should be a basic question, “Are you a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys?” However, simply being a member of the National Academy, also called NAELA, doesn’t mean that the person has any particular expertise in Elder Law.
Someone who is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, a CELA, has passed an examination that is very rigorous; they have a certain minimum requirement of experience of over five years practicing Elder Law in a variety of circumstances, and they received peer reviews and recommendations to become a Certified Elder Law Attorney.
When you’re facing questions of, “How do I plan ahead for possible long term care?”, or “My loved one has Alzheimer’s. What do we need to do now?”, or you’re in the middle of a nursing home crisis, you need to make sure that you get the right help on your side.
Having a Certified Elder Law Attorney is one way to know that the lawyer you’re working with has gone to the time, trouble and has the expertise that you need to get the results that you want.