Good estate planning attorneys must constantly be learning and improving in order to build their practice and provide the level of service their clients expect and deserve. That’s why estate planning continuing education is a key focus for the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.
Continuing legal education isn’t just about sitting in a seminar or watching a PowerPoint Presentation. It’s a broader mindset. Academy attorneys understand the coachable definition, are focused on lifelong growth, and are committed to applying their knowledge in innovative ways to build their practice and develop their field.
So how does our lawyer academy approach continuing legal education differently? In more ways than you can count.
Industry-Leading Estate Planning Legal Education Requirements
The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys has some of the most stringent estate planning legal education requirements in the industry.
Academy Members must complete at least 36 annual CLE credit hours in the fields of Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate, or Trust Administration.
Not only do we require CLE to deepen your professional knowledge, but we also expect that Academy Members will take advantage of the wealth of other resources available. These resources go beyond just the technicalities of the profession and focus on providing clients with actionable advice; marketing and growing your practice, and building a business that can stand the test of time.
A Focus on Applying Knowledge
Academy Members don’t just passively acquire knowledge by fulfilling estate planning legal education requirements. They learn how to apply that knowledge in a real-world setting to make a practical difference in people’s lives.
Continued learning goes beyond just keeping up-to-date with legal changes in the field — although the Academy’s Education Department provides alerts when those occur. It means finding new ways of looking at old problems, questioning standard approaches, and always trying to be better.
A Wealth of Learning Materials
At every step of your educational journey, the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys is here to provide the support, advice, and knowledge you need to deepen your knowledge and advance in your profession.
Fulfilling your required 36 CLE hours is easy with the wealth of materials we provide. In fact, many Members find themselves going above and beyond what is required to broaden their learning and branch out into developing other skills related to marketing, business, and practice management.
Some of the many sources of educational support Academy offers include the following.
A Specialized Education Department
The Academy’s education department is staffed with specialists and serves as the ultimate resource for up-to-date, accurate answers.
Our professional team provides regular email updates when there’s new information Members need to know about. Academy Members also have unlimited access to the Education Department so can reach out any time. Questions are encouraged, as asking the experts is the best way to build a solid knowledge base.
Twice a year, Academy Members have the opportunity to connect at in-person Summits to share tips, ideas, and stories from the trenches.
Summits not only provide the opportunity for Members to learn from each other and gain practical-real world knowledge but they also present the chance to hear from professional speakers who share timely, actionable advice on estate planning laws, marketing, practice management, and more.
As a Member, you’ll leave these summits excited about new opportunities and ready to plan your work and work your plan.
Exclusive Webinars of Wisdom
Webinars allow Academy attorneys to expand their knowledge from the comfort of their own office. Webinars cover a wide variety of topics, from legal developments in the estate planning industry to law firm marketing and business building.
Webinars are taught by experts in the field and provide the opportunity to acquire practical knowledge throughout the year that will help you to grow in your field and grow your practice.
Webinars are offered on a monthly basis and offer the opportunity to explore new ideas and get actionable advice you can apply to your practice immediately.
In addition to attending live webinars, Members also have access to a full archive of past webinars so you can get up-to-speed on your own schedule.
A True Understanding of the Meaning of Coachable
What does being coachable mean? It goes beyond just being ready to learn. Academy attorneys embrace continuing legal education as an opportunity to grow as professionals and to apply new knowledge in innovative ways. It means always being open to learning; always questioning and searching for answers; and always looking to be better.
The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys expects our Members to excel in their profession, to understand the difference between leadership and control, and to be bold but not bully in their quest to grow their practice and help clients make some of the most important decisions of their life.
Our estate planning continuing education materials will provide the tools you need both to enhance your knowledge in the field of estate planning as well as to develop new skills to operate your practice as effectively as you can as you grow your client base.
You can download our free information kit to learn more about the educational materials we offer as well as the requirements for Academy Members. Get started today in embarking on your journey towards excellence in your field.