OSBA now offers certification in Elder Law

CONTACT:    Kenneth Brown, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426
Columbus, Ohio (September 24, 2013) – The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) today announced that the Supreme Court Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists has accredited the OSBA to certify attorneys as specialists in Elder Law. The Supreme Court of Ohio established the Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists to identify specialties and set minimum standards for specialty certification.

Elder Law is the legal practice of counseling and representing older persons and their representatives about the legal aspects of health and long-term care planning, public benefits, surrogate decision-making, older persons' legal capacity, the conservation, disposition and administration of older persons' estates and the implementation of their decisions concerning such matters, giving due consideration to the applicable tax consequences of the action, or the need for more sophisticated tax expertise.

“Certification offers our members an opportunity to expand their knowledge in particular areas of the law and it provides the public with an additional credential to consider when hiring a lawyer,” said OSBA President Jonathan Hollingsworth.

Attorneys interested in becoming certified specialists in Elder Law should take note that applications for certification will be available online in January 2014, and that the application deadline date is June 30, 2014. 

Attorneys who elect to become certified specialists in Ohio are required to attend additional hours of continuing legal education, devote a substantial portion of their practice to a specific area of the law, and earn the respect of their colleagues. Attorneys who have earned a specialty certification must be recertified at least every six years.  To obtain more information about becoming a certified specialist in Elder Law, visit the OSBA website at www.ohiobar.org/specialization or call Melissa Quick at 614/487-4411.

The Ohio State Bar Association is the largest certifying agency in Ohio.  In addition to the area of Elder Law, the OSBA is also accredited by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission to certify attorney specialists in following areas:

  • Administrative Agency Law
  • Appellate Law
  • Family Relations Law  
  • Federal Taxation Law
  • Insurance Coverage Law 
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Ohio Workers' Compensation Law
  • Estate, Trust and Probate Law
  • Residential Real Property Law
  • Business, Commercial and Industrial Real Property Law
Information on these practice areas is available on the OSBA website at www.ohiobar.org/specialization.

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.



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