October 19, 2021
Contact: Abby Matienzo, Communications Manager
NAELA Celebrates National Estate Planning Week, October 18-24, 2021
Washington, DC — More than half of Americans, an estimated 56 percent, do not have an estate plan in place, making estate planning a critically overlooked component of financial wellness. This creates hardship, financial or otherwise, that can be diminished by advanced planning.
National Estate Planning Awareness Week (H. Res. 1499) was adopted on September 27, 2008, to help consumers understand estate planning and its need, along with how best to create a qualified team of professionals to assist in the planning process. Estate planning encompasses the growth, conservation, and transfer of an individual’s wealth through the creation and maintenance of an “estate plan.” The purpose of estate planning is to develop a strategy that will maintain the financial security of individuals through their lifetime and ensure the intended transfer of their property and assets at death, while taking into consideration the unique circumstances of the family and the potential costs of different methods.
A properly created team of professionals may include, but is not limited to, the attorney, accountant, trust officer, and credentialed insurance financial planners, all working together for the benefit of their client. Learn more about NAELA members, how NAELA member attorneys can assist you and your loved ones with estate planning, and questions to ask when working with an elder and special needs law attorney.
Find an elder and special needs law attorney in your area using NAELA’s Member Directory.
Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Upon joining, NAELA member attorneys agree to adhere to the NAELA Aspirational Standards. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is to educate, inspire, serve, and provide community to attorneys with practices in elder and special needs law. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org, or to locate a NAELA member attorney in your area, visit NAELA.org/findlawyer.
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