Benefits of Membership:

With more than 180 members, the Virginia Chapter is the leading group for Elder Law practitioners in the Commonwealth. Here is a brochure summarizing VAELA and NAELA member benefits or see more details below.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Access to the chapter and national listserv. By subscribing to the chapter and national listserv, members can draw on the collective expertise of Elder Law practitioners across the state and around the country. Whether seeking substantive law guidance or recommendations for office software, members benefit every day from the ability to post inquiries via email to an entire network of Elder Law colleagues.

  • Promotional value. Chapter membership is an important indication of your dedication to Elder Law. Potential clients can find you geographically through the Chapter web site. Find an Attorney.

  • Educational opportunities. VAELA hosts an annual UnProgram, held annually over a Friday and Saturday in February, typically at the Boar's Head Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia. This two-day program offers a "Members Only" Day first, in which VAELA attorney members meet to discuss Elder Law developments in the state. Topics range from substantive law and administrative and civil procedure to ethics and practice management. The Program also offers a "Meet the Pros" day on Saturday, where members participate in small group round-table discussions, for CLE credit, with experienced attorneys who provide substantive knowledge and practice tips on various relevant and topical areas and subjects. VAELA also sponsors a Fall Conference which includes an educational program where there is an additional opportunity to earn CLE credit.

  • Brochure. Members have access to the "How Can an Elder Law Attorney Help Your Family" brochure. The brochure is written for a general audience, to describe the various areas in which an Elder Law attorney can assist clients and families. It is intended for distribution to clients, as a handout for speaking engagements, or as digital version to post to your website. It has space on the back for members to add their own contact information. Members can access the brochure downloads in the Members Only section.

  • Mentoring opportunities. VAELA is now offering a mentoring program. Experienced attorneys of more than five years of practice have the opportunity to serve as a Mentor. Find out more about the program or sign up to be a Mentor or be mentored.

  • Public Policy: VAELA has an active Public Policy Committee, through which VAELA advocates to the Virginia Assembly regarding issues pertinent to Virginia's Seniors and their Families.

  • Partnering with Virginia CLE. VAELA is partnering with Virginia CLE to promote education concerning Elder Law issues. Virginia CLE published a handbook on Elder Law in Virginia in March of 2017.

  • Opportunity to serve. Members are eligible to vote for and serve as officers and directors of the Virginia Chapter, a Virginia Chapter 180 nonprofit organization, and to serve on vital committees of the Chapter, including Programming, and Public Policy.

Networking Groups:

Northern VA/Fairfax Area:
Description: Northern Virginia chapter of VALEA
Contact: Vera Golenzer, , (703) 349-1391

Peninsula Area (Hampton, Newport, Yorktown and Williamsburg):
Description: Meets every third Friday of the month at 8:00 AM at Angelo’s for breakfast. Discussion is informal.
Contact: Harold H. Barton, Jr., , (757) 595-9500

Richmond Area:
Description: Richmond Area Virginia chapter of VAELA
Contact: Joley Steffens, , (804) 461-8283

Southwest Area:
Description: Southwest Virginia chapter of VAELA
Contact: Rhona Levine, , (540) 342-9311


Annual calendar year NAELA dues for returning members are presently $525 (One time only discount for new members will be applied). Annual Virginia Chapter dues are $100. NAELA membership is required in order to be a Virginia Chapter member.  For more information, please visit Join NAELA

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