What is a CELA?

Jan 5, 2016

You may have seen on our website or in one of our newsletters that Ambler Keenan Mitchell Johnson estate planning attorney, Elizabeth D. Mitchell, is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA).

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What is a CELA?

The National Elder Law Foundation provides a certification for elder law attorneys for their specialized knowledge and expertise in the elder law field. In order to get this certification, the attorney must complete requirements set forth by the National Elder Law Foundation and pass a written exam.

What is an elder law attorney?

An elder law attorney handles issues of incapacity and qualification for governmental benefits for seniors as well as for children and adults with disabilities.

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American Bar Association Accreditation

The American Bar Association not only supports the certification, but they accredit is as well. This accreditation means the ABA ensures the certification program meets its standards for reliably recognizing experienced legal professionals.

What does in mean for you?

When you use a CELA like Beth Mitchell, you can be sure your attorney has:

  • Focused at least half of their law practice in the specialty for 3 of the past 5 years
  • Proven “substantial involvement” by working a minimum number of cases over 7 subspecialties of elder law
  • Passed an intense exam, which has a <50% recent pass rate
  • Undergone peer review

How many CELAs are there?

There are currently approximately 450 CELAs nationwide. Only 7 of these are in Colorado, and Beth is one of them!

To schedule a free initial estate planning meeting with Elizabeth D. Mitchell, or any other estate planning attorney at Ambler Keenan Mitchell Johnson, call 303-407-1542 or contact us here


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