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Wills, Trusts and Estates Law Certification

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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.

 


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. 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.

Currently Certified

If you were originally certified in 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, or 2013, the Application for Recertification must be postmarked by July 31, 2018. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by July 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 July 31, 2018.

Get Certified – Seeking Certification

If you wish to apply for certification, the Initial Application for Certification filing period opens Sept. 1, 2018, and applications must be postmarked by Oct. 31, 2018. The filing period is to become eligible to sit for the May 2019 Wills, Trusts and Estates Law Certification Examination.

You may submit an Abbreviated Application for Certification only if you meet one of the following conditions. In order to become eligible to sit for the 2019 Wills, Trusts & Estates Law Exam, the abbreviated application must be postmarked by Oct. 31, 2018.

1. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by Oct. 31, 2017, which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2018 Wills, Trusts & Estates Law Exam.

2. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by Oct. 31, 2017, which was approved, you took the 2018 Wills, Trusts & Estates 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 Wills, Trusts & Estates Law exam, but you may reapply for the 2020 exam by submitting the Initial Application for Certification.)


Resources

Exam Information

Exam Specifications

Sample Exam Questions

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

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
[email protected]

Wills, Trusts & Estates Law Certification Field Established 1986