The Florida Bar

Elder Law Certification

Definition

Elder Law Board Certification logo“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.

Summary of Requirements

Minimum standards for elder law certification, provided in Rule 6-20.3, include:

  • Practice of law for at least five years;
  • Substantial involvement in the specialty of elder law — 40% or more — during each of the three years immediately preceding application;
  • 60 hours of approved elder law certification continuing legal education in the three years immediately preceding application;
  • Peer review; and,
  • A written examination.

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Board Certification Applications for Lawyers

All applicants for board certification or recertification should carefully read the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Rules) and be sure you have met each of the requirements prior to filing your application. Unless the Rules provide for a waiver of a specific requirement, each of the requirements must be met by the dates indicated in the rule.

Currently Certified?  Recertification Information for 2020

If you were originally certified in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, or 2015 you are due to file your recertification application in 2020. The application for recertification must be postmarked by November 30, 2020. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date.

Get Certified – Seeking Certification

The filing period for the initial application opens July 1, 2020. Applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2020. You must apply in this filing period to be considered for eligibility for the 2021 exam. If you’re eligible from a previous application, you may file the short application. Carefully read the rules for initial certification to determine if you will meet the requirements.


Resources

Elder Law Exam Specifications

Elder Law Certification Examination Study Guide

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

Elder Law Sample Exam Questions

Standing Committee Policies

Elder Law Committee Members

Staff Liaison

Laurinda Jackson
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Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850-561-5697

Elder Law Certification Field Established 1998