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visit site SNA member Gregory S. French, Cincinnati, Ohio, has been installed as president-elect of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). NAELA is a professional association of over 4,200 attorneys dedicated to improving the quality of legal services available to seniors and people with special needs. Many SNA members also belong to NAELA because of its shared commitment to individuals with disabilities.

evecare medicine price Gregory began his career in elder law 35 years ago, joining Indiana Legal Services when Congress funded a demonstration project under the Older Americans Act. His work quickly evolved to include special needs law due to similarities between many of the issues involved.

“I’m committed to ensuring that people with special needs receive the care they require and have high quality of life—without bankrupting their families or becoming ineligible for public benefits. Because I’m a solo practitioner, the collegiality and information-sharing that’s typical of SNA members has been invaluable to my work.”

Gregory is certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation and has been selected by his peers as a Cincy Leading Lawyer for Cincy Magazine and as a Super Lawyer for Law and Politics Magazine. He has chaired the elder law committees of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association and has co-authored Anderson’s Ohio Elder Law Practice Manual.

Gregory graduated from Valparaiso University’s Christ College with a double major in philosophy and the humanities and graduated in 1976 from Valparaiso University’s School of Law.
About the Special Needs Alliance

The Special Needs Alliance (SNA) is a national organization comprised of attorneys dedicated to the practice of disability and public benefits law. Individuals with disabilities, their families and their advisors rely on the SNA to connect them with nearby attorneys who focus their practices in the disability law arena.

The SNA is an invitation-only organization. SNA membership is based on a combination of relevant legal experience in the disability and elder law fields, direct family experience with disability, active participation with national, state and local disability advocacy organizations, and professional reputation. As a result, an SNA member will have an average of 18 years of relevant legal experience, with no member having practiced law for less than 5 years. The majority have been certified as Elder Law Attorneys (CELAs) by the National Elder Law Foundation, the certifying entity for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).
SNA Practice Areas and Services

Special Needs Trusts and Wills
Medicaid, SSI and Entitlement Program Eligibility
Estate, Trust and Tax Planning for Individuals with Disabilities and their Families
Financial Planning and Legal Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities
Guardianships and Conservatorships
Assistance with Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice Settlements
Trust and Estate Distributions and Fiduciary Accountings
Estate and Trust Administration
Health Care Decisions and Advance Directives

Mission and History

The mission of the SNA is to maintain a professional organization of attorneys skilled in the complex areas of public entitlements, estate, trust and tax planning, and legal issues involving individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities.

The SNA was formed in 2002 by a core group of prominent disability and elder law attorneys who recognized the unique planning needs of younger individuals with disabilities and their families. While the SNA now has members in 47 states, the organization continues to limit membership to those who have proven credentials in the area of disability law and advocacy.

Continued membership in the SNA requires active committee participation, attendance at SNA educational programming, and payment of professional dues. All dues are used to promote the overall mission of the SNA. The SNA is organized as a not for profit entity, and no part of the dues or earnings inure to the benefit of any individual member.

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