The Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys (PAELA) was incorporated in 2007 as a non-profit organization and is an official chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) which was established in 1987. As a result, qualified attorneys that meet the criteria for membership below, must join both NAELA and PAELA.

How to join PAELA

There are two ways to join PAELA:

Visit the NAELA website and complete their online application.

Download a Membership Application form and mail to NAELA.

Since PAELA is an official chapter of NAELA, qualified attorneys must join NAELA to become a PAELA member. The membership application below serves memberships into both organizations.

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Benefits of Joining PAELA

The mission of The Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys is 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.  PAELA encourages elder law attorneys to join the association and to take advantage of the many benefits offered:

  • Meet other elder law attorneys who can offer guidance on a variety of issues affecting the elder law community.
  • Have access to PAELA’s listserv to present issues and seek and receive guidance from other elder law attorneys.
  • Attend PAELA’s two-day Winter Conference — educational programs that are well-attended and include national speakers on issues affecting the elder law community.
  • Participate in state legislative and regulatory issues affecting your clients and to shape solutions that benefit them.
  • Share your membership information with consumers seeking an elder law attorney in a particular Pennsylvania county.
  • Display PAELA’s member logo.
  • Access to resources including forms, links and legislative information.
  • Develop professionally with continuing legal education at PAELA events.
  • CLE Webinars offering continuing legal education credits to any PAELA member on current topics relevant to your client needs.

PAELA and NAELA memberships run from January to December of each year.  Those joining mid-year receive a reduced dues rate. Membership is based on individual enrollment and does not offer a group enrollment option.

Criteria for PAELA/NAELA Membership:

1. Membership is open to attorneys and all those who possess a juris doctorate or equivalent degree and are licensed or authorized to practice law under the jurisdiction of any country.

2. The attorney renders legal services for the benefit of the elderly or is in an endeavor which encompasses the legal needs of the elderly.

3. The attorney has an understanding of the aging process and a sensitivity to the needs of the elderly.

4. The attorney is committed to the highest standards of ethics in representing the needs or promoting the welfare of the elderly.

5. The attorney has a knowledge of the aging network and those services available through other agencies which benefit the elderly, or wishes to gain such knowledge.

6. The attorney has a commitment to positive involvement in the work of the Academy and its purposes.