The Florida Bar
|Wills, Trusts & Estates Certification|
Wills, trusts and estate law is the practice of law dealing with all aspects of planning for the conservation and disposition of estates, giving due consideration to the applicable tax consequences, both federal and state; the preparation of legal instruments to effectuate estate plans; administering estates, including tax related matters; and probate litigation.
Thinking of Becoming Board Certified? Review a summary of the requirements.
|Board Certification Applications for Lawyers|
Board Certification CLE credit reports are 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 the certification area from the drop-down menu. Select the “Credit History” tab.
Board Certification Applications for Lawyers
To download an application, select the appropriate application below. There is a MSWord and a pdf version of the recertification application and the initial certification application. There is only a Word version of the reapplication. The MSWord documents are for typing your responses to the application. There is a pdf version for handwritten submissions only. You will be asked if you would like to "Open" or "Save" the file (in 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.
Currently Certified- Application for Recertification
If you were originally certified in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, or 2010, the Application for Recertification must be postmarked by August 15, 2015. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by July 31, 2015 unless you file a recertification file extension request. Word version PDF version
Recertification File Extension
To request a one-time three-month extension, the Recertification Extension Application must be postmarked by August 15, 2015. PDF version
Seeking Certification- Application for Initial Certification
If you wish to apply for certification, the Application for Certification filing period opens September 1, 2015 and applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2015. This filing period is to become eligible to sit for the May 20, 2016 Wills, Trusts and Estates Law Certification Exam. Word version PDF version
You may submit a Reapplication for Certification only if you meet one of the following conditions. In order to become eligible to sit for the 2016 Wills, Trusts and Estates Law Certification Exam, the reapplication must be postmarked by October 31, 2015. Word version
Sample Exam Questions
Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified Wills, Trusts & Estates Lawyer - Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-7
Wills, Trusts & Estates Law Certification Standing Committee Policies
Standing Policies of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Wills, Trusts & Estates Law Certification Committee Members
Wills, Trusts & Estates Law Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
Wills, Trusts & Estates Law Certification Field Established 1986