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The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys

About The American Academy and Its History

The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys was founded by renowned estate planning law firm Armstrong & Fisch in 1992. The goal of the organization was to pool and share best practices, strategies, and legal advice among participating estate planning lawyers on a nationwide scale. In the decades since, the Academy has been committed to promoting superior estate planning services amongst its membership. The organization accomplishes this aim by providing its participants with cutting edge legal resources, including education on evolutions in estate planning law.

The Academy mandates that its members devote a consistent portion of their practice to estate planning and related fields. Its educational directives help enable its membership to offer consumer confidence in a nationally recognized standard of excellence.

Tesfaye Law is a proud member of The Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. Our membership gives our attorneys access to industry-leading resources that can help us prepare a plan for your future. Our legal team can assist you in all areas of estate planning law, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and more.

Learn more about how The Academy allows us to better serve your legal needs by calling (703) 454-8865 or contacting us online.

Why Our Academy Membership Benefits You

The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys maintains an exclusive roster with strict membership requirements. Our membership represents a seal of approval on an industry-recognized level of legal expertise and service in the area of estate planning.

Features that distinguish American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys members include:

  • Ongoing legal training and knowledge. Members of The Academy are required to undergo a minimum of 40 hours of continuing legal education in the area of estate planning annually. The Academy provides its members with educational resources to ensure its practice is equipped with the most modern, effective, and efficient estate planning tools.
  • Dedicated practices.Members of The Academy are expected to devote a significant portion of their practice to helping clients protect their futures through estate planning.
  • Enhanced accountability.The Academy’s membership registry lists recognized firms and their compliance with continuing legal education requirements. This gives prospective clients the ability to better evaluate a firm and other Academy members in their immediate area.
  • Up-to-the-minute knowledge of news and changing laws. The Academy provides its membership with regular bulletins advising on estate planning news and emerging trends. These materials can help member firms provide their clients with futureproofed services.
  • Exceptional levels of service. The Academy expects its members to go above and beyond in serving the practical needs of their clients. In addition to offering quality legal services in the area of estate planning, member firms should work to make the process of preparing a client for their future as streamlined as possible. This can include offering in-home, weekend, or afterhours consultations.

Tesfaye Law meets each of the requirements that The Academy recommends for its members. Our firm values The Academy’s commitment to superior service for clients hoping to protect their futures through estate planning.

Legal Services that The Academy Champions

The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys seeks to assist firms across the United States with providing the best possible estate planning services for their clients. Estate planning empowers the individual to shape their future, before and after they pass away. Much of estate planning is focused on the preservation and distribution of assets, but it can also help prepare for moments of crisis where you are unable to communicate.

Estate planning legal services that Tesfaye Law can provide you with include:

  • Wills. Also called last will and testaments, a will can enable you to name a personal representative to manage your estate, choose a guardian for any minor children, and designate who receives your property. Properly formalizing a will requires the use of witnesses. Our firm also recommends notarization to minimize the odds of complications.
  • Trusts. The use of revocable and irrevocable trusts confers many of the benefits of a will without making your estate a matter of public record. These arrangements can also help protect assets from probate. We can walk you through the advantages of both revocable and irrevocable trusts.
  • Advanced Medical Directives. Should you become injured or ill to the point where you are no longer able to communicate your wishes, an advanced medical directive can appoint a proxy to advocate for your interests. Many will choose to appoint a spouse, loved one, or even legal representative to speak on their behalf and determine what medical options will and will not be pursued under conditions that you define.
  • Powers of Attorney. Similarly, should you become incapacitated and unable to communicate, someone will likely need to make decisions involving your estate on your behalf. You can choose to designate a durable or nondurable power of attorney that has legal abilities that you identify. You might choose to permit someone to pay bills on your behalf or authorize them to make wide-ranging financial decisions in the best interest of your estate.
  • Guardianships for Minors. You can prepare for a potential crisis and protect your minor children by proactively preparing a guardianship nomination document. In the event that you become incapacitated or otherwise unable to care for your child, this document allows you to name the individual you wish to care for them and why.
  • Estate planning and Immigration. Noncitizens of the United States can face additional complications – and some key advantages – when building their estate plan. We can help you avoid unanticipated consequences and navigate the unique immigration implications involving estate taxes, gift taxes, Qualified Domestic Trusts, and more.

Ready to Serve All of Your Estate Planning Needs

As members of The Academy, Tesfaye Law is committed to helping our Virginia clients build an estate plan that honors their wishes. Our estate planning lawyers can work with you to identify your short- and long-term goals. We can review any existing estate planning documents and help you update them as needed. Our team can also identify vulnerabilities and advise on how to better protect you and your loved ones’ futures. Our practice is aided by the excellent work of The Academy, and we are ready to leveraging our knowledge and resources to help you.

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