Aspirational Standards – Elder Law

NAELAThe National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) in the US has developed a set of ‘aspirational standards’ for the practice of elder law.

These were developed in 2005, and are available for download from NAELA’s website here: Aspirational Standards for The Practice of Elder Law – with Commentaries.

Note that these are under review, and a newer version is expected some time in 2016.

 

The standards cover the following areas of elder law practice:

  1. CLIENT IDENTIFICATION
  2. POTENTIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST
  3. CONFIDENTIALITY
  4. COMPETENT LEGAL REPRESENTATION
  5. CLIENT CAPACITY
  6. COMMUNICATION AND ADVOCACY
  7. MARKETING
  8. ANCILLARY SERVICES
  9. PUBLIC SERVICE

These are intended for American attorneys, so some of this may not be applicable in Canada.  Nonetheless, something to aspire to!