Mary Alice Jackson, Esq. Named 2012 Fellow of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Receives Highest Honor Bestowed By NAELA
Washington, DC – Mary Alice Jackson, Esq. was honored today as being named as one of the 2012 Fellows of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). NAELA is a professional association of over 4,200 attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs.
NAELA Fellows are attorneys who have been members of the Academy for at least three years, whose careers concentrate on Elder Law, and who have distinguished themselves both by making exceptional contributions to meeting the needs of older Americans and by demonstrating commitment to the Academy. Election as a Fellow signifies that the lawyer is recognized by peers as a model for others, and an exceptional lawyer and leader. The most significant component in the selection process is commitment and contributions to NAELA through committee participation, programs, and leadership.
Mary Alice Jackson, Esq. is a Florida Bar board certified elder law attorney, and is a founding partner at the Sarasota Elder Law Firm Boyer & Jackson, P.A. She is licensed to practice law in both Florida and Texas. Her practice includes special needs and long term care planning, estate planning, probate and end-of-life issues. She is a Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell, and has also been named as a Florida Super Lawyers annually since 2006. Mary Alice is a co-author of Planning for the Elderly in Florida, a LexisNexis publication. She presently serves as chair of the Grass Roots Advocacy Committee for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and on the Board of Directors and public policy committee for the Special Needs Alliance. Mary Alice is a past Chair of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section and served as President of the Sarasota County Bar Association in 2005. She is an adjunct professor in the Stetson University College of Law Elder LL.M. program. Mary Alice and her husband, Bob, reside in Austin, Texas and she telecommutes daily to her Florida office.
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 NAELA.org.
About Elder and Special Needs Law
Elder and Special Needs Law are specialized areas that involve representing, counseling and assisting seniors, people with disabilities and their families in connection with a variety of legal issues, with a primary emphasis on promoting the highest quality of life for individuals. Typically, Elder Law and Special Needs Law address the convergence of legal needs with the social, psychological, medical and financial needs of individuals. The Elder Law and Special Needs Law attorney handles estate planning and counsels clients about planning for incapacity with health care decision-making documents. The Elder and Special Needs Law attorney also assists clients in planning for possible long-term care needs, including at-home care, assisted living or nursing home care. Locating the appropriate type of care, coordinating public and private resources to finance the cost of care and working to ensure the client’s right to quality care are all part of the Elder and Special Needs Law practice.