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Private Practice T&E Attorneys and Fiduciary Counsel Membership

Fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel are leading members of the Trust and Estate profession who have made a substantial contribution to the T&E field. To become a Fellow of the College, one must be nominated by an active Fellow in good standing and elected by the Board of Regents.

In order to become a Fellow of ACTEC, one must:

  1. Have been predominantly in the active practice of Trust and Estate law for at least 10 years or have served primarily as fiduciary counsel with a fiduciary services company for at least 10 years, or a combination thereof;
  2. Have contributed substantially to the field of Trust and Estate law by lecturing, writing, teaching, being involved in bar activities or in the enactment of significant state or federal Trust and Estate legislation, or outreach, education, and mentoring to communities that have been historically underrepresented in estate planning (“diverse communities”) on topics and issues connected to estate planning, probate, and trust;
  3. Have a well-deserved outstanding reputation in the field of Trusts and Estates;
  4. Be a lawyer to whom the other Fellows in one's jurisdiction would readily refer a matter within one's field of expertise without reservation;
  5. Be licensed to practice in the highest court of any state or jurisdiction of the United States;
  6. Demonstrated exceptional skill in Trust and Estate law.



The requirements are modified, as appropriate, for Academic Fellows and International Fellows - Learn More.

ACTEC encourages qualified lawyers who focus their practice on Trust and Estate law to consider the advantages of membership in ACTEC. 

If you believe you are qualified and want to find out more about ACTEC, contact an ACTEC Fellow or the membership director at the national office,


Need more Trust and Estate knowledge? Check out the ACTEC Institutes.

The Institutes offer a six-day program of intensive trust and estate education over a one-year period for third through sixth year law associates. Programs are designed to develop the trust and estate profession’s future leaders through a series of in-depth educational presentations.




Fellows from Florida
manage this institute.

Fellows from Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa and Nebraska coordinate
and manage the Heart
of America Fellows

Fellows from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey,
New York, Pennsylvania
and Washington D.C. coordinate and manage
The Mid-Atlantic
Fellows Institute.



Fellows from Connecticut,
Maine, Massachusetts,
New Hampshire,
>Rhode Island
and Vermont manage
this institute.

Fellows from Georgia,
North Carolina,
South Carolina,
Tennessee, Virginia
and West Virginia
manage this institute.

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