The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys has announced to its members that the Board has decided to move its headquarters to Washington, DC from its current location in Arizona. NAELA has over 5000 attorney members from all over the country who are the leaders in Elder Law and Special Needs representation. The Academy was started by members in the Arizona area and had been headquartered there for its first 20 years. Now with its growth and ability to be a bigger influence on legislation and benefits for elders and the disabled a location in the nation’s capitol is the best place for NAELA.

NAELA will also hire a new staff that will be directly employed by the academy and not an association management firm as in the past. This change should provide direct and specific support for NAELA’s goals and services to its members.

NAELA President, Craig Reaves, sent an annoucement to all members on July 14, 2008. He promised that the transition would go well and that the change should mean new and innovative programs and services for members.

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. is a non-profit association that assists lawyers who work with older clients and their families. Established in 1987, the Academy provides a resource of information, education, networking and assistance to those who deal with the many specialized issues involved with legal services to seniors and people with special needs.

The mission of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys 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. For more information go to the website at