National Association of Estate Planners and Councils

NAEPC Response to COVID-19

Dear Members, Sponsors & Friends:

NAEPC continues to carefully monitor the public health response to, and guidance about, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  The board of directors, in cooperation with our staff team, is following appropriate state and national guidance about managing business events.  We are incredibly grateful for the support of the association's members, councils, sponsors, and friends during these unprecedented times and have been working tirelessly to review the association’s activities and to continue provide value to our members; you can read more about these efforts within our most recent newsletters.  

Our national office will be closed until further notice beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and the staff team is working remotely.  A plan is currently being created that provides for a safe, slow, and monitored reopening; the office will remain closed in the interim. 

During this time we remain committed to exceptional member service and ask for your patience with what may be minor delays with replies to both email and telephone messages. 

  • Dues processing may be delayed.  
  • The deadline for Accredited Estate Planner® dues and recertifications has been extended.  Online renewal is recommended until further notice.
  • Affiliated councils that have not paid their 2020 dues and supplemental service charges are asked to do so online

The health and safety of in-person event attendees, members, sponsors, and guests is of utmost importance and the most critical issue currently in front of the association’s leadership.  

57th Annual NAEPC Advanced Estate Planning Strategies Conference
Over the last two months, the board has been focusing much of its energy and discussion on the feasibility of hosting a safe and successful 57th Annual NAEPC Advanced Estate Planning Strategies Conference, which was scheduled from November 3-6, 2020 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  We have considered many factors, especially our ability to provide you with a safe and healthy environment, regularly-changing guidance from various state and national governing bodies, and, of course, the ongoing economic impact  to our members, presenters and sponsors. The Board of Directors has made a formal decision to cancel the annual conference.  We appreciate your allowing us the time to approach this decision thoughtfully and with the utmost of care.  While we are all disappointed, we truly believe the cancellation is in the best interest of all involved parties.

In the days and months ahead, we will be working to determine how best to handle the various components of the Annual Conference, including technical education and the possibility of hosting a compelling virtual conference, Council Leadership Day, the Estate Planning Hall of Fame® and Hartman Axley Lifetime Service Award ceremonies, as well as related activities like the board meeting that typically takes place preceding the conference.  We will share an update with you regularly within the various newsletters of NAEPC and you are always welcome to contact the national office for more information.

Regional Leadership Day
Regional Council Leadership Day programs, which have historically taken place in June, will take place virtually beginning in August.  A committee is hard at work creating an agenda, selecting dates, and making sure to deliver the same exceptional event as if we were able to gather together in person.

Affiliated local estate planning councils are encouraged and welcome to contact NAEPC at any time for guidance with regard to hosting events, for sample text related to either member communication or holding events, or for resources with regard to hosting distance-based programming in place of in-person events.  We are also hosting a series of Town Hall Roundtable sessions designed to address your most common and imporant concerns with regard to council operations in light of COVID-19.   Contact our office for more details.

Your patience and flexibility during this unprecedented time is appreciated.

National Office
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Last Update: 05/31/2020 (EMS)

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