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Elder Law Certification


Certified Attorneys

Definition

"Elder law" means legal issues involving health and personal care planning, including: advance directives; lifetime planning; family issues; fiduciary representation; capacity; guardianship; power of attorney; financial planning; public benefits and insurance; resident rights in long-term care facilities; housing opportunities and financing; employment and retirement matters; income, estate, and gift tax matters; estate planning; probate; nursing home claims; age or disability discrimination and grandparents' rights. The specialization encompasses all aspects of planning for aging, illness, and incapacity. Elder law clients are predominantly seniors, and the specialization requires a practitioner to be particularly sensitive to the legal issues impacting these clients.

Thinking of Becoming Board Certified? Review a summary of the requirements. PDF document opens in new window

The Board of Legal Specialization and Education invites you to join them at the Board Certified Lawyers Reception during the 2015 Annual Florida Bar Convention:


Board Certification Applications for Lawyers

The applications for initial board certification and recertification are currently being updated and will be posted here by the end of March.

You will be due to file a recertification application by June 15, 2015 if you were originally certified in 2000, 2005 or 2010.

The filing period for initial applications is July 1 - August 31.

Board Certification CLE credit hours are now available online.
Log in to your My Florida Bar account, and select “Show More” in the My Board Certifications section. Check “Show All” and select construction law from the drop down menu. Select the “Credit History” tab.

To download an application, click on the appropriate application. You will be asked if you would like to "Open" or "Save" the file (MSWord). It is advisable to save the file to your computer for future reference. Type in your responses on the application and print a copy. Attach any required documents, enclose the $250 application fee, and mail your application to: The Florida Bar, Legal Specialization and Education Dept., 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300.


Your application for recertification must be postmarked by June 15, 2015 if you were originally certified in 2000, 2005, or 2010.

Currently Certified
If you were originally certified in 2000, 2005 or 2010, the
Application for Recertification Word document opens in new window must be postmarked by June 15, 2015. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by May 31, 2015 unless you file a recertification extension request.

Recertification File Extension
To request a one-time 3-month extension, please submit the Recertification Extension Application.

Seeking Certification
If you wish to apply for certification, the Initial Application for Certification Word document opens in new window filing period opens July 1, 2015 and applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2015.

You may submit an Abbreviated Application for Certification Word document opens in new window only if you meet one of the following conditions. In order to become eligible to sit for the 2014 Elder Law Exam the abbreviated application must be postmarked by August 31, 2015.
    1. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2014 which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2014 Elder Law Exam.
    2. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2014 which was approved, you took the 2015 Elder Law Exam, but you were unsuccessful in obtaining a passing score. (Please note if you were unsuccessful on the 2014 and 2015 exam, you are not eligible to apply for the 2016 Elder Law exam, but you may reapply in 2017 by submitting the Initial Application for Certification.)

General Information:

Exam Specifications PDF document opens in new window

Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified Elder Law Lawyer – Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-20

Standing Committee Policies PDF document opens in new window

Elder Law committee members

Elder Law Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:
Laurinda Babers
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850/561-5697
lbabers@flabar.org

Elder Law Certification Field Established 1998

Certification Home

[Revised: 06-18-2015]