Leading the Way in Pennsylvania in Special Needs and Elder Law


ABOUT: The Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys (PAELA) is a non-profit association which assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others who work with older clients and their families. PAELA provides a resource of information, education, networking, and assistance to those who work with the many specialized issues confronting the elderly and the disabled.

MISSION: The Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys’ mission is to strengthen, train, assist, and support qualified members in order to ensure the development, advancement and promotion of quality legal service for older Americans and to ensure that its members are the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of people as they age and those with special needs.

Discover the benefits of joining the Pennsylvania chapter of NAELA

PAELA Members enjoy many benefits including:

  • Participate in state legislative and regulatory issues affecting your clients and to shape solutions that benefit them.
  • Have access to PAELA’s listserv to present issues and seek and receive guidance from other elder law attorneys.
  • Attend PAELA’s Winter Conference and Summer Meeting

Discover all the benefits through our full page below.

Primary Practice Areas

We promote education and advocacy within the Elder Law community of Pennsylvania


Estate administration

Wrap up all the details of someone’s life

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Special needs planning

Build security for persons with disabilities

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Administrative Advocacy

Assist in navigating the bureaucracy of aging

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Medicaid law

Help pay medical costs for financially needy people

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Estate Planning

Create effective strategies for wealth transfer

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Estate REcovery

Repay the state for Medicaid benefits

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Upcoming Events

February 22 – 24, 2024: 16th Annual Winter Conference

PAELA’s 2024 Winter Conference registration is now open to all PAELA members.
A comprehensive education program has been organized for this very popular PAELA event where approximately 80 elder law attorneys attend to learn, visit sponsors who have products and services for the clients the membership represents, and have time for networking.
LINK to the registration form for PAELA members only can be found HERE.

PAELA invited organizations that support and work with the elder law community to consider becoming one of the 11 sponsorships available at the 2024 Winter Conference at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, PA. PAELA is pleased to announce that the goal of receiving 11 sponsors has been met! Click HERE to see the list of sponsoring companies.

2023 PAELA Webinars Now Concluded

PAELA is presenting 3 Webinars for the Membership during 2023.

PAELA sponsored 3 webinars during 2023. See below. Members can view the handouts and video by completing the Member Login.

May 24, 2023 “Unwinding a public Health Emergency: DHS Perspective on Medicaid Eligibility After Covid” has been completed.

September 20, 2023 “Determining Capacity to Executive a Power of Attorney.  Registration for PAELA members TBA.

October 18, 2023 “Living Wills, DNR and the End of Life Decisions” presented by David Jaskowiak and several TBA panel members. Registration for PAELA members TBA.