Elder Law Career Guide


By Michael Umberger
Updated March 2024


Joan M. Krauskopf, Elderlaw: Advocacy for the Aging
KF390 .A4 K7 (3rd ed. 2023 + annual updates) 
This treatise includes a chapter on the practice of elder law, with an overview of elder law careers and practical tips on how to run an elder law practice. 


Maya Bazar, Life Care Planning in an Elder Law Practice: How Does It Work?, Elder Law Report, April 2014, at 1.

William J. Brisk, Exploring the Future of Elder and Special Needs Law, NAELA Journal, Spring 2013, at 5.

Thomas Caffrey & Mary WanderPolo, A Brave New World Awaits: The Elder and Special Needs Law Practice of the Future, NAELA Journal, Spring 2013, at 115. 

Kenneth M. Coughlin, Attorneys as Guardians: An Awkward Fit for Many, Fulfilling for Some, Elder Law Report, April 2013, at 1.

Dealing With Compassion Fatigue, GP Solo, Sept./Oct. 2016, at 9. 

Monica J. Franklin, So, You Want to Be an Elder Law Attorney? Resources to Jumpstart Your Elder Law Practice, Tennessee Bar Journal, Feb. 2018, at 30. 

E. Spencer Ghazey-Bates, The Affordable Care Act and the Continued Commoditization of Elder Law, NAELA Journal, Spring 2015, at 35.

How Does a Small Firm Recruit and Retain Talent?, ElderLaw Report, May 2023, at 8. 

Bernard A. Krooks & Kameron L. Kirkevold, Why Elder Law?, Probate & Property, May-June 2014, at 38.

Harry S. Margolis, Elder Law in Transition: NAELA's National Conference Focuses on the Future, Elder Law Report, July-Aug. 2014, at 1.

Harry S. Margolis, How Directive Should Elder Law Attorneys Be?, Elder Law Report, Jan. 2016, at 8.

Andrea G. Van Leesten, Elder Law for Solos, GP Solo, July-August 2013, at 74.

Andrea G. Van Leesten, How to Make Money Practicing Elder Law, GP Solo, Nov.-Dec. 2015, at 10. 


Elder Law Report
Published by Wolters Kluwer
Available on ProQuest (2009-present)

NAELA Journal
Published by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Available on 
Academic Search Complete (2009-present)

CLE Materials

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Reference Materials
Available on Westlaw (1999-present)


American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging
1050 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 662-8690

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
1577 Spring Hill Rd., Suite 310
Vienna, VA 22182
tel: (703) 942-5711

National Elder Law Foundation
6336 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. 326, #136
Tucson, AZ 85704
tel: (520) 881-1076

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