Why work with a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA)?
Ruth-Ann E. Toups is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation, which is the only organization who can certify elder law attorneys. Any lawyer can claim to practice elder law. A CELA must have several years of work in the discipline and pass a rigorous examination to prove her knowledge of tax, public benefits, trust, and other disciplines comprising elder law. CELAs are required to update their skills and knowledge throughout their careers and are subject to peer review.
In the state of Texas there are over 100,000 attorneys but there are only 30 CELAs. If you have a heart problem would you go to any doctor? No, you would seek out a board-certified cardiologist. Why go to any attorney when you need an elder law attorney?