How do you know if the lawyer you have selected is truly capable of being entrusted with your legal matters?
- How long have you been practicing Elder Law?
- Have you handled matters similar to mine? Do you attend Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs?
- Are you a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA)? After all, wouldn’t you want to know that your doctor is board certified?
- Are you an active member of a professionally recognized not-for-profit organization of your peers? For Elder Law attorneys, the most prestigious organization is NAELA – the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
There are many marketing organizations that call themselves professional accreditations – but their key focus is to help lawyers grow practices. Peer review organizations, like the New York State Bar Association, are a better indicator than a for-profit marketing company.
Don’t fall victim to the amateurs selecting amateurs to serve amateurs theory:
People’s natural tendency is to help others, but the results aren’t always pretty. When one person has a problem, everyone has an opinion. But Elder Law issues are very complicated, and the facts in every situation are different, even if they might seem the same. Consider this – Medicaid in New York State is administered on a county-by-county basis. What works perfectly for one family in Nassau County may be a financial disaster for a family in Suffolk County.
I have a deal with the tellers at my bank. They don’t give legal advice, and I don’t accept cash deposits.
When you need an Elder Law attorney, ask the right questions.
If you have questions about Elder Law or Special Needs issues, please call me at 516-307-1236.