CELA

Lawrence (Larry) A. Friedman is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) – an attorney certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), which is in turn accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).  To learn more about elder law and special needs and why Larry’s CELA certification matters, see NELF’s video on CELA certification.

To qualify as a CELA like Larry Friedman, attorneys must:

-Have practiced law for at least five years, and have focused at least half of their practice in the special needs/elder law field for at least the last three of those years.  Larry Friedman has practiced elder law and disabilities law for more than twenty years.  Larry Friedman also chaired the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Elder and Disability Law Section and planned the first section retreat, an annual tradition that continues today.  Larry Friedman and Mark Friedman also both frequently teach special needs and elder law classes.

-Demonstrate “substantial involvement” in special needs and elder law practice, by demonstrating a minimum number of individual cases, spread across a number of different categories making up the “elder law” definition.  Larry Friedman and Mark Friedman as well have helped thousands of clients address elder law and special needs law concerns.

-Study for, take and pass a rigorous, day-long written examination in elder law and special needs. Recent pass rates have been below 50% — and that is of applicants who already have passed a bar exam and met the experience requirements.  Larry Friedman passed the exam on his first sitting.

-Undergo a review by peers and colleagues, focused on the applicant’s reputation for ethical and competent representation in elder law and special needs planning matters.  Larry Friedman has a sterling reputation among clients and colleagues as a leading elder law and special needs attorney.

In order to attain the prestigious designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney, Larry Friedman has met the rigorous requirements established by the ABA-accredited National Elder Law Foundation. This helps make FriedmanLaw well qualified to address your elder care, special needs, and trust and estate concerns.

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