Why choose a certified estate law specialist?
The Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc., an attorney run subsidiary of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils in Cleveland, Ohio is the only ABA-accredited program for certification of an attorney as in the Estate Planning Law Specialist (“EPLS”). We believe that specialization is the future of practice and law and, as specialization increases, it will benefit lawyers and the public.
Attorneys who become Board-Certified under this program demonstrate a high level of professionalism and commitment to the concept of specialization. We believe that as attorney specialization increases, it will benefit not only lawyers but the public. This program was accredited by the ABA in 1996.
To obtain Board-Certified status, an attorney must meet the following requirements:
- Five (5) or more years as an Estate Planning attorney during which at least one-third (1/3) of the attorney’s practice is devoted to Estate Planning.
- Twelve (12) or more hours of continuing legal education in Estate Planning topics per year for the last three (3) years.
- Verification of professional liability insurance coverage.
- Recommendations from at least five (5) colleagues that are not related to or within the same firm as the applicant.
- Passing a comprehensive exam designed so competent attorneys having constant exposure to Estate Planning can pass without substantial independent study.