National Association of Estate Planners and Councils

Guide to Teaming

Code of Ethics

Excellence in Estate Planning

The core value of the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils is that the team concept of estate planning best serves the client.  Everything we do builds on this single principle.  No two clients are alike, nor are their planning needs.

As a result, our members are those professionals who must have a seat at the table to properly serve the client – attorneys, accountants, trust officers, and credentialed insurance & financial planners, and philanthropic professionals, among others.

It’s important to note that NAEPC is an association of estate planning councils and Accredited Estate Planner® designees.  The information and resources found within this section of our website are for designees, members of estate planning councils, and estate planning councils alike.


High-Performance Teaming and Professional Collaboration, the LINK Online Course in Collaboration

As an Accredited Estate Planner® designee or member of an estate planning council, you have declared your commitment to the team concept of estate planning because you know that this process best serves the client.  All too often, a truly collaborative experience escapes even the most seasoned and well-meaning advisor...  and that is where the LINK Online Course in Collaboration comes in!  Based on the NAEPC Model for Collaboration, LINK digs into best practices, helping to balance communication, coordination, and cooperation and turn those elements into a true collaborative experience that benefits the client and sets you apart from others. 

LINK is a self-paced, 9-module course that students complete at their leisure.  Segments are short and concise; the program is easy to follow, completion is on your schedule, and NAEPC members have access to a reduced enrollment fee. 

Become a Leader >Learn more about the LINK Online Course in Collaboration

The LINK Online Course in Collaboration was developed with industry leaders Todd Fithian and David W. Holaday, using the NAEPC Model for Collaboration as its guide. 


NAEPC-Produced Content

Webinar:  Teaming for Success in Three Legacy Planning Business Models, a complimentary program provided with Trusts & Estates and sponsored by the Accredited Estate Planner® designation (original air date 10/31/17)
In this practical webinar you will learn why teaming is essential for multi-generational legacy planning, and how teaming plays out in three business models: Family Office, Private Bank, and Best of Breed Teams of Independents. Join panelists Phil Cubeta, Tom Rogerson, and Marty Shenkman, with moderator, Charlie Douglas, to learn how to position your practice for success in this rapidly changing legacy planning landscape.  To access a complimentary replay of this presentation, click HERE.

The NAEPC Journal of Estate & Tax Planning
The NAEPC Journal of Estate & Tax Planning is a web-based library of best-in-class thought leadership appropriate for every member of every estate planning council. Published quarterly and available at no-charge to all estate planning council members and Accredited Estate Planner designees, The Journal is considered to be one of the premier benefits of membership in NAEPC.  Those who are interested in receiving direct notification of new issues should opt in to doing so on the right column of the Journal's home page.


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