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Wills, Trusts and Estates Law Certification


Wills, Trusts & Estates board certification logo, colorTo identify those lawyers who practice in the area of wills, trusts, and estates and have demonstrated special knowledge, skills, and proficiency to be properly identified to the public as board certified in wills, trusts, and estates law.

Who May Apply?

Minimum standards for wills, trusts and estates law certification, provided in Rule 6-7.3, include:

  • Practice of law for at least five years, or four years with an LL.M. in taxation or estate planning and probate law;
  • Substantial involvement in the specialty of wills, trusts and estates law — 40% or more — during each of the two years immediately preceding application;
  • 90 hours of approved wills, trusts and estates law certification continuing legal education in the three years immediately preceding application;
  • Peer review; and,
  • A written examination.

Becoming Board Certified

All applicants for board certification or recertification should carefully read the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar to 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.

New Applicants

The application filing period runs September 1-October 31 of a given year to determine eligibility to sit for the exam in May of the subsequent year (see calendar for details). Applications must be postmarked by October 31. Eligible applicants who pass the exam will be officially certified in August.


If you’re eligible to sit for the exam from a previous application, you may file the short application.


According to the rules, no certification shall last for a period longer than five years. Find out when your recertification application is due.

All applications for recertification must be postmarked by midnight July 31 at the conclusion of the 5-year period of certification. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date. August 1 after the fifth year of certification is the effective date of recertification.

A single 3-month recertification file extension will be granted if accompanied by a properly executed application for extension and payment of the appropriate fee.