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Attorney Timothy J. Bupp of CGA Law Firm has earned the designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney from the National Elder Law Foundation

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July 15, 2019
CGA Law Firm is proud to announce that Attorney Timothy J. Bupp has earned the designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) from the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF).  He is one of only 61 attorneys in the state of Pennsylvania to achieve this highly valued designation.
CELA certification is considered the “gold standard” for practitioners specializing in elder law and special needs legal services. It is the only accepted certification in the field of Elder Law, and the only ABA-approved Elder Law Certification recognized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  Only an attorney who meets the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s requirements for certification may be identified as “Certified” in the area of Elder Law. 
A Certified Elder Law Attorney demonstrates in-depth, working knowledge of the legal issues that impact seniors, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.  A CELA is committed to maintaining and improving upon proficiency, through certification, continual practice, and continuing legal education.  The CELA certification must be renewed every five years by the recommendation of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Review and Certification Board.
CELA Requirements.  To attain the CELA designation, an attorney must achieve the following requirements, in addition to practicing law for at least five years before applying for certification:
•    Be a member in good standing of the Bar Association in all practice jurisdictions;
•    Have spent an average of at least 16 hours per week practicing elder law during the three years preceding the application for certification, and have handled at least 60 elder law matters during those three years with distribution among subjects as defined by the National Elder Law Foundation;
•    Have participated in at least 45 hours of continuing education in elder law during three years preceding the application;
•    Be favorably evaluated by five elder law attorneys who satisfy specified criteria;
•    Pass a rigorous, full-day certification examination on Elder Law issues with recent pass rates below 50% (for applicants who have already met the substantial experience and education requirements); and
•    Repeat the certification process every five years.
CGA Law Firm believes that its clients and community deserve the best legal representation available. A Certified Elder Law Attorney is an independent confirmation of experience and excellence.
In addition to the CELA designation, Attorney Bupp holds certifications in Estate Planning (2003) and Employee Benefits Planning (2004) from Temple University Beasley School of Law.  He earned his law degree is from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law (2001), a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Tax Law from Temple (2005) and an MBA from York College of Pennsylvania (1992).  His undergraduate degree is from Pennsylvania State University (1986).
Tim chairs the Estate Law practice group at CGA and has practiced with the firm for eighteen years.  He lives in the Brogue with wife Rochelle and children Lucy (14) and Charles (12).

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