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Wills Trusts and Estates Certification

Certified Attorneys

Definition

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. PDF document opens in new window


Board Certification Applications for Lawyers

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 is due by August 15, 2016 if you were originally certified in 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, or 2011.

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.

Currently Certified

If you were originally certified in 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 or 2011, the Application for Recertification Word document opens in new window must be postmarked byby August 15, 2016. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by July 31, 2016 unless you file a recertification extension request.


Recertification File Extension
To request a one-time 3-month extension, please submit the
Recertification Extension Application PDF document opens in new window by August 15, 2016.

Seeking Certification
If you wish to apply for certification, the
Initial Application for Certification Word document opens in new window filing period opens September 1, 2016 and applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2016. The filing period is to become eligible to sit for the May 2017 Wills, Trusts and Estates Law Certification Examination.

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 2017 Wills, Trusts & Estates Law Exam, the abbreviated application must be postmarked by October 31, 2016.

1. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by October 31, 2015 which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2016 Wills, Trusts & Estates Law Exam.

2. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by October 31, 2015 which was approved, you took the 2016 Wills, Trusts & Estates Law Exam, but you were unsuccessful in obtaining a passing score. (Please note if you were unsuccessful on the 2015 and 2016 exam, you are not eligible to apply for the 2017 Wills, Trusts & Estates Law exam, but you may reapply for the 2018 exam by submitting the Initial Application for Certification.)



General Information:

Exam Information

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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 PDF document opens in new window

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:
Laurinda Babers
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850/561-5697
lbabers@flabar.org

Wills, Trusts & Estates Law Certification Field Established 1986

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[Revised: 04-08-2016]