Hurley Elder Care Law Newsletter - January 2017
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What Is A CELA?                                          January 2017  by: Danielle C. Humphrey, JD, CELA 

When I began working at Hurley Elder Care Law, Miles had already attained his CELA (Certified Elder Law Attorney) certification and wanted me to apply to become a CELA too.  Miles told me that our clients deserve superior representation and expertise in our area of practice and what better way to demonstrate that expertise than through a CELA certification.  I am so grateful that Miles and the whole staff at Hurley Elder Care Law encouraged and supported me in becoming a CELA.  I have been a CELA for two years and the confidence and knowledge I have gained through studying to become a CELA and in the sharing of knowledge with other CELAs throughout the U.S. allows me to competently serve our clients with excellence.

A CELA certification is frequently referred to as the “gold standard” for elder law and special needs practitioners.  This reflects the hard work and proof required before an attorney can proudly proclaim that he or she holds this valued designation. 

The National Elder Law Foundation is the only organization that certifies practitioners of elder law and special needs law.  There are approximately 500 CELAs in 48 states, 11 are licensed in the state of Georgia. The CELA designation includes several steps and several different types of qualification, all of which are designed to assure that our clients receive excellent legal care.

To attain a CELA certification an applicant must: 

1.) Have practiced law for at least five years, and have focused at least half of their practice in the special needs/elder law field for at least three of those years.

2.) Have handled at least 60 elder law matters during those three years with a specified  distribution among various subjects, for example: Estate Planning, Medicare/Medicaid, Veterans Benefits, Special Needs Trusts, Long Term Planning.

3.) Pass a rigorous, day-long written examination, which is only offered twice a year.  Recent pass rates have been below 50%.  The pass rate was 33% for those who took it in the fall of 2014!  I believe this test is so difficult because it is necessary to hold attorneys to a higher standard when they represent such a vulnerable sector of the population.

4.) Undergo a review by peers and colleagues focused on the applicant’s reputation for ethical and competent representation in elder law and special needs planning matters.

With the specialized training and practice in elder law, along with the additional resources available to us as CELAs, we understand the current state of elder law and offer an expert level of representation to our clients. As a CELA we also understand the challenges facing our elderly clients and are trained to specifically address their needs.

Hurley Elder Care Law is a special place to work.  We are the only firm in Georgia with two CELA attorneys, a highly experienced staff of benefits specialists, a nurse, a social worker and an incredible support staff whose sole purpose is to cater to the needs of our senior community.

Family Business Even though 2016 was an awesome year, there is always room for improvement.  Here are some of our staff’s 2017 New Year resolutions that we would like to share.Danielle- Read one nonfiction book a month and drink 120 oz. of water a day.Keesha- Stop and smell the roses.Nancy- Find a new exercise class for seniors in addition to walking on the treadmill.Louise- Run a 10k race each month.Grace- Eat more fruits and veggies.Cheers to a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Upcoming Speaking Events:

Complimentary CEU on Healthcare Laws, 01/19/2017 in Acworth, Presented by Miles Hurley

Please join Miles Hurley, JD, CELA, for a complimentary CEU, on "Healthcare Laws Every Provider Should Know:  2017 Update."  The CEU will take place on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. at Georgia Funeral Care & Cremation Services, 4671 South Main Street, Ste. 110, Acworth, GA 30101. CEUs available: 1 core hour for social workers; 1 contact hour for certified case managers; 1 contact hour for RNs. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP at:

Complimentary Dinner CEU on “Choosing a Surrogate Healthcare Decision-Maker: An Ethical Discussion" 02/01/2017 at CMSA- Atlanta Membership Drive Educational Meeting at The Shepherd Center, Presented by Danielle Humphrey

Attorney Humphrey will discuss factors to be considered when a person designates a surrogate decision-maker and the ethical issues that surrogates themselves may face. CEUs available: 1 ethic or core hour for social workers (GA NASW); 1 contact hour for case managers (CCMC); 1 contact hour for RNs (TNA). The CEU will take place on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 5:30 p.m. -  7:30 p.m. RSVP at:

Complimentary 2 Hour Lunch CEU on 02/15/2017 at JF&CS, Presented by Miles Hurley 
Attorney Hurley will be discussing "Healthcare Laws Every Provider Should Know:  2017 Update” as well as the "Ethical Dilemmas in Geriatric Care: A Case Study Approach” in the two part CEU series. Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at JF&CS, 4549 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30338. RSVP at:
11:00-11:15am- Registration
11:15-12:15pm- Healthcare Laws CEU
12:15-12:30pm- Lunch
12:30-1:30pm- Ethical Dilemmas in Geriatric Care CEU

Complimentary Lunch CEU on Healthcare Laws, 02/16/2017 in Woodstock, Presented by Miles Hurley
The laws and regulations impacting healthcare providers and consumers are constantly changing, both at the federal level and within our State of Georgia. CEUs available: 1 core hour for social workers; 1 contact hour for certified case managers; 1 contact hour for RNs. Location: Tuscany Italian Restaurant, 250 Cinema View, Woodstock, GA 30189. February 16, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. RSVP at:

Presentation on Georgia Advance Directives, 02/16/2017 at Brookdale Dunwoody, Presented by Michelle Allen
Please join Michelle Allen, LCSW, for a presentation of "Tough Conversations: Georgia Advance Directives” on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Participants will have an opportunity to complete their own Advance Directives. This event is open to everyone! Location: Brookdale Dunwoody, 1460 S. Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30319. Complimentary Dinner, Presentation & Questions from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. RSVP: or 404-323-4663.

CEU on “Capacity, Competency, and Ethical Interventions: A Legal Discussion for Healthcare Providers” at Berman Commons 02/22/2017, Presented by Danielle Humphrey
Please join Danielle Humphrey, JD, CELA, for a complimentary CEU where Ms. Humphrey will explain the difference between capacity and competency and provide guidelines for evaluation. CEUs available: 1 ethic or core hour for social workers (GA NASW); 1 contact hour for case managers (CCMC), 1 contact hour for RNs (TNA). Location: Berman Commons, 2026 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338 on February 22, 2017 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. RSVP at:

Complimentary Dinner CEU on “The Dementia Maze: Understanding the Options and Cost of Care” at Brookdale Chambrel Roswell on 02/28/2017, Presented by Miles Hurley
Please join Miles Hurley, JD, CELA, for a complimentary dinner CEU as he discusses "The Dementia Maze: Understanding the Options and Cost of Care." CEUs available:  1 core hour for social workers; 1 contact hour for case managers; 1 contact hour for RNs. Location: Brookdale Chambrel Roswell, Memory Care Building, 1000 Applewood Drive, Roswell, GA 30076. February 28, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. RSVP at:

For more details and a complete list of upcoming events, please visit the Hurley Elder Care Law Community Education.
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Miles P. Hurley, JD, CELA  Miles P. Hurley founded Hurley Elder Care Law in 2006 to provide legal assistance to the elderly population on issues relating to aging including retaining independence, quality of life and financial security. Mr. Hurley is one of ten attorneys in the state of Georgia to receive the Elder Law Attorney Certification, and one of approximately 400 nationwide. 
Hurley Elder Care Law is dedicated to the process of long-term care and estate planning. Call us today for a free phone consultation with a client coordinator at (404) 843-0121.
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