Certified Elder Law Attorney

Christina Costanzo, Esq., CELA

Christina Costanzo, Esq. is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA).

A CELA is an attorney certified by the ABA-accredited National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), the only national organization certifying practitioners of elder and special needs law. 

To become a CELA like Christina Costanzo, Esq., an attorney must meet the following requirements:

  • Practice law at least five (5) years preceding the application and demonstrate substantial involvement practicing elder law in the three (3) years preceding the application, including having handled at least 60 elder law matters across a specific set of areas. Christina met these requirements and has been a practicing attorney since 2011;
  • Participated in at least 45 hours of continuing legal education in elder law in the three (3) years preceding the application. Christina regularly (and joyfully!) teaches and attends continuing legal education courses in elder law to ensure she stays abreast of developments in the law;
  • Undergo a peer review of the attorney’s competence and qualifications in elder law; and
  • Pass a rigorous, day-long certification exam. The exam often has pass rates less than 50%, and Christina passed the exam in her first sitting.

Christina Costanzo, Esq. finds true joy in the practice of elder law. Becoming a Certified Elder Law Attorney conveys her ongoing commitment and qualifications to address your elder law and estate planning concerns.