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About the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys


The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys was established in 1992 by Armstrong & Fisch, one of the most successful estate planning law firms in the country. After providing two decades of superior estate planning guidance or advice to thousands of legal clients, the firm decided to share their methods and practices with attorneys nationwide.

Through the formation of the Academy, attorneys throughout the United States can now access and provide the original Armstrong & Fisch model of practice. Academy members receive education, as well as legal instruction and guidelines to empower them to provide superior estate planning services.

Why Academy Members Are Unique

Focusing in Estate Planning. Members of the Academy concentrate their law practices in the area of estate planning and reinforce their expertise daily by dedicating their efforts to clients concerned with preserving what they have accumulated for future generations.

Professional Legal Training. Academy members receive on-going training specific to the field of estate planning to ensure that their legal knowledge and techniques are based on the latest information and resources.

Nationwide Membership. Members of the Academy are available throughout the U.S. and in most metro areas.

Superior client care. Most Academy members offer expanded client care services such as in-home consultations, in order to meet the needs of each particular client.

Work with attorneys who focus on estate planning. The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys encourages consumers to refer to the member listing located at (www.aaepa.com) to see if an Academy member has completed this continuing education.

Have your estate plan and your financial plans coordinated. Academy members recognize the importance in coordinating both your estate and financial goals together. Members can work as a team with your existing financial advisors.

Attend seminars on estate planning topics. As educators in the field of estate planning, most Academy members regularly conduct seminars in their local areas to inform and educate consumers and financial advisors on estate planning issues.

Receive special reports on late-breaking estate planning news. Regularly published consumer alerts provide timely, accurate hot topics in estate planning such as the latest changes to our estate tax laws.


Academy members offer guidance and advice to their clients in every area of estate planning. This list offers a sampling of these services.

  • Wills. Prepare a Will or other document to outline your wishes.
  • Trust administration. Create a Living Trust customized to address all of your family's unique needs, and receive guidance when a family member passes away.
  • Estate planning. Receive consultation and planning to ensure that your estate is distributed according to your wishes.
  • Special needs and divorce protection. Protect loved ones and get informed advice on these important estate planning issues.
  • Long-term health care. Make sure you have properly outlined necessary health care instructions.
  • Creditor protection. Find out how you can protect your estate and your heirs.
  • Structured buy-out plans. The plan you create for your children to sell land and assets.
  • Retirement planning. Ensure that your tax-deferred accounts are properly structured to give your family the greatest tax advantages possible.
  • Probate assistance. Get the assistance you need when someone with or without a Will passes away.
  • Asset protection. Receive guidance on protecting your legacy.
  • Updating documents. Ensure that your affairs are in order with regular estate reviews. Amend or restate your existing estate plan to ensure its effectiveness.
  • Tax planning. Preserve your wealth and reduce taxes with proper planning.
  • Advanced planning. Get assistance with matters such as Family Limited Partnerships, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, and Charitable Remainder Trusts.

Disclaimer: The Academy is a membership organization of estate planning attorneys and provides educational and practice management resources to members. The Academy is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional services. An Academy member is not an employee nor an agent of the Academy. The Academy does not certify or test the competency of any attorney who is a member of the Academy.

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