Helpful Organizations

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA)

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) was founded in 1987 as a professional association of attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to people as they age and people with special needs.

The NAELA membership is comprised of attorneys in the private and public sectors who deal with legal issues affecting people as they age and people with disabilities. Members also include judges, professors of law, and students.


The Missouri Bar

The Missouri Bar was created in 1944 by order of the Supreme Court of Missouri. Its mission is to improve the legal profession, the administration of justice, and law. Through educational programs, publications, and more, The Missouri Bar serves as a valuable resource for members—and for the citizens of Missouri.

Lawyers participate in the bar in a variety of ways. They may seek to serve as members of the Board of Governors or the Young Lawyers’ Section Council; take part in the more than 50 substantive law committees; volunteer for service projects; choose to attend any of the hundreds of Continuing Legal Education programs produced by the bar each year; attend events, such as the Annual Meeting or Solo and Small Firm Conference; or volunteer to write articles for bar publications.


The St. Louis County Bar Association

The St. Louis County Bar Association was founded in 1931 and is a public-oriented organization of attorneys and judges committed to improving the standards of the legal profession and the lives of the lawyers in this community and the people they serve.

In 1931 the Honorable Amandus Brackman had the distinct privilege of being elected the first President.  The Association was officially incorporated In 1941.


The Academy of Special Needs Planners

The Academy of Special Needs Planners consists of special needs planning professionals such as attorneys, financial planners and trust officers that assists them in providing the highest quality service and advice to persons with special needs and to their families. The Academy provides its members with the latest information on legal developments nationwide and a forum for exchanging best practices in providing service to persons with special needs. It also provides special needs professionals the tools and education to improve their understanding of the unique challenges that arise during special needs planning. The Academy also provides direct information to persons with disabilities through a consumer web site and a monthly e-mail newsletter.


Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA)

Our vision is for seniors and their caregivers to have opportunities to lead satisfying, productive lives with health, honor and dignity. Our mission is to assist adults through the journey of aging.

One of 10 Area Agencies on Aging in Missouri, MEAAA is governed by a 23-member board of directors and served by a 24-member advisory council. Funding is provided under the amended Older Americans Act of 1965 and administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

There are many for-profit agencies that provide services and advice to seniors however, as a non-profit quasi governmental agency; MEAAA is mandated to provide accurate unbiased information and services.


Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA)

After more than 60 years as a statewide association, we have much to be proud of while being ever mindful of the necessity of keeping a constant vigil on attempts to erode the rights of all Missourians. Historically, MATA has accomplished much, but not without courageous leaders who stood firm in insisting that wronged consumers deserved better rights.

MATA was founded in 1951 as the Missouri Association of Claimants Attorneys (MACA) by a small group of attorneys from across the state who recognized the value of banding together to gain more equitable rights for their clients, the individuals who had suffered because of negligent acts, often caused by corporate giants. Some of the injustices they sought to remedy — which they and their successors ultimately did — included a contributory negligence doctrine, responsibility for unsafe products, implementation of discovery, a decent wrongful death limit and the recognition of medical malpractice. Intelligible jury instructions were mandated. Incredibly, these achievements were not easily won.


Alzheimer’s Association

In 1979, Jerome H. Stone and representatives from several family support groups met with the National Institute on Aging to explore the value of a national, independent, nonprofit organization to complement federal efforts surrounding Alzheimer’s disease. That meeting resulted in the April 10, 1980, formation of the Alzheimer’s Association with Mr. Stone as founding president.

Today, the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s across the globe through our national office and chapters in communities nationwide. We are the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. It has been recognized as a top large nonprofit to work for by The NonProfit Times, the leading information provider for the nonprofit sector.



What started in 2007 with a simple partnership between WealthCounsel and four nationally recognized elder law and special needs attorneys, has now grown into what you see today: the premier nationwide member services support organization focusing on elder law and special needs.

We have a National Advisory Board comprised of experts in the field, nationwide, to assist us in our mission. This team also includes state advisory boards of our members who help keep state-specific information in our documents current, beta test our software, and help us provide education and support to our membership.


ElderCare Matters

The issues of aging are unique and widespread. You may need support from one professional on tax and accounting issues, another on estate planning or Elder Law matters, and another to address healthcare problems or housing options.

ElderCare Matters provides families across America with 21 FREE online Elder Care / Senior Care Resource Directories to help them plan for and deal with their Elder Care Matters. Our Directories include up-to-date, useful Articles about a wide range of elder care / senior care services as well as answers to elder care questions that are provided by our ElderCare Matters Partners – some of America’s TOP Elder Care Professionals who are members of the National ElderCare Matters Alliance.


The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, founded in 1874, is a Missouri not-for-profit corporation, the members of which are attorneys principally practicing in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Its mission is to maintain the highest professional standards among attorneys, to enhance the professional competence of attorneys, to improve the administration of justice, to serve the needs of members, and to provide law-related service and education to the public.


A Place for Mom

A Place for Mom connects moms, dads, seniors and families like yours to the right elder care so you can have peace of mind and focus on your loved ones. From finding the right nursing home, dementia care or assisted living to researching Veterans’ benefits and how to pay for senior care, we’ll be with you each step of the way.