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Elder Law Certification

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Definition

‘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.

Currently Certified?  Recertification Information for 2019:

If you were originally certified in 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, or 2014 you are due to file your recertification application in 2019.  The application for recertification must be postmarked by May 31, 2019.  All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date unless you submit a recertification file extension request.

Get Certified – Seeking Certification

The filing period for the initial application opens July 1, 2019.  Applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2019.  You must apply in this filing period to be considered for eligibility for the 2020 exam.  If you’re eligible from a previous application, you may also file the short application. Carefully read the rules for initial certification to determine if you will meet the requirements.

General Information:

Exam Specifications

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

Elder Law Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:

Laurinda Jackson
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850-561-5697
[email protected]

Elder Law Certification Field Established 1998

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