Are You a Member of Any Relevant Organizations?
There are a handful of organizations that focus on issues affecting retirees and people with disabilities. When searching for a skilled elder law attorney, it's probably good to ask if he or she belongs to any of these to test his or her interest and continuing involvement in the topic.
One such organization is the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc., or NAELA. With more than 4,200 attorney members, NAELA helps its constituency receive the continuing education necessary to stay up-to-date on elder law topics. Another such organization is the Special Needs Alliance. State and local agencies also exist. Do a little research at your local library or on the Internet to find elder law resources in your state.