Description of the College

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (formerly known as The American College of Probate Counsel) is a nonprofit association of lawyers and law professors skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts; estate planning; and probate procedure and administration of trusts and estates of decedents, minors and incompetents. Its more than 2,500 members are called "Fellows" and practice throughout the United States, Canada and other foreign countries.

To qualify for membership, a lawyer must have no less than 10 years' experience in the active practice of probate and trust law or estate planning. Lawyers and law professors are elected to be Fellows based on their outstanding reputation, exceptional skill, and substantial contributions to the field by lecturing, writing, teaching and participating in bar activities. It is their aim to improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures, and professional responsibility.

Established in Los Angeles in 1949, ACTEC is governed by 39 Fellows who serve on its Board of Regents, six of whom are the officers of ACTEC.

The most important business of ACTEC is performed by its committees and State Chairs. We now have 25 committees, with additional coordinators, liaisons and delegates. We have 55 jurisdictions, each with a State Chair. Each U.S. state has a chair (New York has two: an upstate and a downstate chair); the District of Columbia has a chair; and Canada has three regional chairs.

Fellows receive with their paid membership a subscription to ACTEC Law Journal. In addition, Fellows receive a set of Studies and eventual updates, which deal with a variety of topics of interest to trust and estates attorneys.

An annual meeting is held each spring at a resort hotel, alternating between the East and West Coasts.

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