Aspirational Standards – Elder Law
The 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:
- CLIENT IDENTIFICATION
- POTENTIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST
- COMPETENT LEGAL REPRESENTATION
- CLIENT CAPACITY
- COMMUNICATION AND ADVOCACY
- ANCILLARY SERVICES
- PUBLIC SERVICE
These are intended for American attorneys, so some of this may not be applicable in Canada. Nonetheless, something to aspire to!