National Association of Estate Planners and Councils

Dear NAEPC Members and Guests of Our Website:

Thank you for reading this message.  The whirlwind that began in 2020 continued through 2021 and the board of directors and staff remain grateful for the ongoing support of the association's members, councils, sponsors, friends, and for the technology that allows us to stay connected each day.

As I plan for my role as president, it is clear, that similar to the time under the leadership of Jack Garniewski and Bill Kirchick before me,  it will not be “business as usual.”  This year you have my personal commitment that NAEPC will remain attentive to the health and needs of our member designees and councils as we continue virtual events for estate planning council leaders and staff executives, enhance benefits available to Accredited Estate Planner® designees, and approach all of the association’s activities with flexibility and an open mind while prioritizing safety.  It is also one of my primary goals to continue to strengthen the bond with the 275 councils affiliated with NAEPC and the network of approximately 30,000 individual members within these councils by reinforcing the value of membership.

In the days and months ahead, please register to attend a webinar in the Robert G. Alexander Series. These live and on-demand programs are an excellent source of educational content.   Now is also the perfect time to learn more about the Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) designation. Applications are being accepted and our program administrator, Susan Austin-Carney, who is available to answer your questions, will  be delighted to process your application in the days ahead.

Our national network of estate planning professionals has never been stronger. I encourage you to contact me at any time during the year with your questions and suggestions for how we can better serve you.

It is also an excellent time to personally get involved!  If you have an interest in serving on a committee of NAEPC and being a part of our future success, please let us know.


Julie A. Buschman, CPA, AEP®, CAP®
2022 President