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National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC)

The National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC) is dedicated to establishing and ensuring standards for professionals, including attorneys, who assist people with arranging the disposal of their estate after death. The National Association of Estate Planners & Councils also serves as a national network for many local councils, which serve as affiliates of the NAEPC. The local councils provide education and networking for estate planning professionals. In addition, the NAEPC encourages members to become accredited through their programs, creating a standard for a knowledgeable estate planning professional. 

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About the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC)

Overview

  • Established: 1962

Mission and History

In 1930, the Boston Estate Planning Council was formed as an organization of local estate planners. By the end of the 1930s, there were 10 additional local councils across the country.

The local councils continued to spring up all over the United States, and by the 1960's, many estate planning professionals began to see the need for a national organization, both to connect the many local councils and to promote cities without a council to form their own. In 1962, the NAEPC was founded. It was incorporated in 1963.

The National Association of Estate Planners & Councils is dedicated to establishing and ensuring standards for professionals, including attorneys, who assist people with arranging the disposal of their estate after death. NAEPC also serves as an accreditation agency for attorneys as Estate Planning Law Specialists (EPLS). Furthermore, the NAEPC encourages members to become accredited through their programs, creating a standard for a knowledgeable estate planning professional. Estate planning professionals, including  certified estate and probate lawyers, assist the living with ensuring their estate is properly distributed and their loved ones are taken care of after death.


Estate planning is a complicated legal process, requiring careful attention to detail. The NAEPC, in addition to certifying professionals, also seeks to continually educate them on law and policy.

The National Association of Estate Planners & Councils also serves as a national network for many local councils, which serve as affiliates of the NAEPC. The local councils provide education and networking for estate planning professionals.

 

 


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Past Presidents of the NAEPC

Lawrence M Lehmann
President
New Orleans, LA
Carol E. Tully
Carol E. Tully
President
Boston, MA
A Stephen McDaniel
President
Memphis, TN

NAEPC Certified Specialist Active on Lawyer Legion

Jason Edward Havens
Holland & Knight LLP
Jacksonville, FL
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Martin L Pierce
Martin L. Pierce, Attorney at Law
Chattanooga, TN
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Directory of Certified Estate Planning Law Specialists in the United States

Lawyer Legion maintains a nationwide directory of NAEPC Board Certified Estate Planning Law Specialists. The public is able to browse the directory and narrow their search by specialty area, county or city to and connect with board certified lawyers to help with their case. Lawyer Legion is the only commercial lawyer directory to properly acknowledge all ABA-accredited specialization programs for both national and state-level board certifications, including those granted by the National Association of Estate Planners & Counsels.

Use this directory to find board certified lawyers who are specialized in their respective areas of law. Start by choosing your state from the list below.


Contact the NAEPC

National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC)
1120 Chester Avenue Suite 470
Cleveland, 44114
www.naepc.org
Office: (866) 226-2224
Fax: (216) 696-2582

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Requirements for Certification by NAEPC

Attorneys who are involved in estate planning can become certified by the NAEPC as an Estate Planning Law Specialists. To qualify as an EPLS, an attorney must have:

  • Spent five or more years as an estate planning attorney, during which at least a third of his or her practice has been dedicated to estate planning.
  • 12 hours or more of continuing legal education in estate planning per year for the last three years.
  • Professional liability (malpractice) insurance.
  • Recommendations from at least five colleagues.
  • Passed a comprehensive exam from the NAEPC.

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