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ACTEC Elects 33 New Fellows to the College


Contact: Pamela Goldsmith

Washington, DC, November 19, 2020: The Board of Regents of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) met during the College’s Virtual Fall Meeting to consider nominations for a new class of Fellows. The College is pleased to announce that 33 individuals were elected. This select group spans the US and includes three international Fellows representing Canada, Cayman Islands and the Channel Islands.

To qualify for membership, a lawyer must have no fewer than ten years’ experience in the active practice of trust and estate law, as fiduciary counsel with a fiduciary services company, or a combination thereof, or be a full time teacher of law at a duly accredited law school, specialize in teaching T & E law and have at least ten years’ cumulative experience as a lawyer in active private T & E practice or as a teacher of T & E law, or a combination thereof. 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 leadership or legislative activities. It is their aim to improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures and professional responsibility.

“On behalf of the Board of Regents, I am pleased to congratulate and welcome this extraordinary and diverse new class of ACTEC Fellows,” said ACTEC President Stephen R. Akers. “Through their extensive accomplishments and outstanding professional reputations, these exemplary individuals have demonstrated excellence in the field of trusts and estates. I look forward to meeting each of our new Fellows and learning about their aspirations as members of the College.”

ACTEC New Fellows

About the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC): Established in 1949, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a national, nonprofit association of approximately 2,500 lawyers and law professors from throughout the United States and abroad. ACTEC members (Fellows) are peer-elected on the basis of professional reputation and expertise in the preparation of wills and trusts, estate planning, probate, trust administration and related practice areas. The College’s mission includes the improvement and reform of probate, trust and tax laws and procedures and professional practice standards. ACTEC frequently offers technical comments with regard to legislation and regulations but does not take positions on matters of policy or political objectives.

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