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Elder Law attorneys may be certified in Elder Law by the Board of Certification of the National Elder Law Foundation, (NELF).  The National Elder Law Foundation is accredited by the American Bar Association to certify lawyers in the specialty area of Elder Law.  The purpose of the certification program is to identify lawyers who have enhanced knowledge, skills, experience and proficiency to be properly identified to the public as certified elder law attorneys.

Some of the areas the Certification Board requires the attorney to be knowledgeable in are:  health and long term care planning; public benefits (Medicaid/T19, Medicare & Social Security); surrogate decision making (includes power of attorney and conservatorships); legal capacity; conservation, disposition and administration of older persons estate (includes wills, trusts and probate of an estate).  Be aware of tax consequences, recognize issues regarding abuse and exploitation or neglect, insurance, housing, long-term care, employment and retirement.

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