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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 (T&E) 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, or being involved in bar activities or in the enactment of significant state or federal Trust and Estate legislation;
  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. 

f 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,


What's makes ACTEC different from other professional organizations? Past-President John. A. Terrill, II explains in this podcast from the ACTEC Trust and Estate Talk podcast series.  

Download the Nomination to ACTEC brochure.

Free Resources for T&E Professionals.

If you are early in your T&E career, the ACTEC Institutes may help expand your trust and estate knowledge.