Elder Law Certification
‘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.
Board Certification Applications for Lawyer
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. There is a link to the Rules located below on this page.
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 applicable application fee, and mail your application to: The Florida Bar, Legal Specialization and Education Dept., 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300.
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. It is recommended that you see how many credits are required for certification and the date the credits must be completed to qualify.
If you were originally certified in 2003, 2008, or 2013, the Application for Recertification must be postmarked by May 31, 2018. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by May 31, 2018, unless you file a recertification extension request.
Recertification File Extension
To request a one-time 3-month extension, the Recertification Extension Application must be postmarked by May 31, 2018.
Get Certified – Seeking Certification
If you wish to apply for certification, the Initial Application for Certification filing period opens July 1, 2018, and applications must be postmarked by Aug. 31, 2018. This filing period is to become eligible to sit for the March 2019 Elder Law Exam.
You may submit an Abbreviated Application for Certification only if you meet one of the following conditions. To become eligible to sit for the 2018 Elder Law Exam, the abbreviated application must be postmarked by Aug. 31, 2018.
1. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by Aug. 31, 2017 which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2018 Elder Law Exam.
2. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by Aug. 31, 2017, which was approved, you took the 2018 Elder Law Exam, but you were unsuccessful in obtaining a passing score. (Please note if you were unsuccessful on the 2017 and 2018 exam, you are not eligible to apply for the 2019 Elder Law exam, but you may reapply in 2020 by submitting the Initial Application for Certification Aug. 31, 2019.)
Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified Elder Law Lawyer – Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-20
Elder Law Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
Elder Law Certification Field Established 1998