NAELA Annual Conference on Elder and Special Needs Law

Tampa, Florida — Laurie Ohall of The Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, P.A. in Brandon attended the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys NAELA Annual Conference on Elder and Special Needs Law held from May 14-16, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. NAELA members and speakers have helped define this area of law and at this year’s Annual Conference, attendees from across the country participated in interactive sessions led by experts in the field to sharpen their skills and knowledge on these topics.

The conference also included the following general and breakout sessions:

  • “The Perils of Great Wealth and Old Age: The Convoluted Legal Cases of Brooke Astor and Huguette Clark” presented by book author Meryl Gordon;
  • Contested guardianships involving competing petitions, powers of attorney, and allegations of undue influence presented by David L. McGuffey, CELA, CAP, and Catherine A. Seal, CELA;
  • Issues to consider when advising survivors, including disclaimers, titling the account, minimum required distributions, and other tax-related topics presented by Natalie Choate, Esq.;
  • Susan I. Bernatz, PhD, discussed her Susceptibility, Confidential, Active, Monetary (SCAM) model for undue influence; and
  • ACA and Medicaid Managed Care discussed by David Lillesand, Esq.

“Attending the NAELA Annual Conference expanded my knowledge in the key areas of elder and special needs law,” explains Laurie Ohall. “Love keeping current on the topics so I can better serve my clients.”

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. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit  Attorney Ohall’s website is