The Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc. is the only American Bar Association accredited program for certification of an attorney as in the Estate Planning Law Specialist (“EPLS”).
Attorneys who become Board-Certified under this program demonstrate a high level of professionalism and commitment to the concept of specialization. I believe that as attorney specialization increases, it will benefit not only lawyers but also the public.
This program was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1996. Under the New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct, as of the date of this post, only attorneys with the EPLS designation may hold themselves out as “specialists” in estate planning.
I believe choosing a Board-Certified Estate Planning Law Specialist is important to consider when choosing an attorney, as it requires rigorous testing and continuing education standards to demonstrate excellence in the field. 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.
- Passage of a rigorous proctored examination on estate planning law.
- 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 attorney.
I am proud to have earned this designation, and prouder to use the knowledge it demonstrates to help protect you and your family for generations.