Membership in the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association is open to law firms that are committed to an elder-centered law practice. Information about membership criteria, requirements and fees is given below.
Membership in the LCPLFA is held by a law firm. Individuals within the law firm can be granted access to the Members-Only resources of the Association once the firm's membership is approved.
Requirements for membership:
- The firm may be any type (sole practice, partnership, corporation, PLC) whose attorney(s) are licensed and in good standing with the Bar Association(s) (and regulatory agency (ies) if any) of the state(s) in which the firm practices, and which is engaged, or intends to be engaged, in the elder-centered holistic law practice of Life Care Planning.
- Firm must demonstrate its knowledge of the fundamental concepts of Life Care Planning through one of the following three options:
- At least one attorney of the firm who is an owner, partner, or employee of the firm has participated in Life Care Planning Fundamentals training as approved and sponsored by the Association. The name and position of the trainee, and the date of training, must be provided. The Association conducts Life Care Planning Fundamentals training seminars for attorneys.
- Firm has employed a Care Coordinator on staff for at least two years prior to submission of the membership application. The name of the Care Coordinator and date hired must be provided.
- Firm has practiced elder-centered life care planning as defined by the Association for at least two years prior to submission of the membership application.
- Firm must employ a Care Coordinator, or intends to hire a Care Coordinator, through one of the following two options:
- Firm employs at least one Care Coordinator or person with similar responsibilities on at least a part-time basis as an employee of the firm or as a contract employee whose services are committed to the firm. Name, contact information, and employment status must be provided.
- Firm intends to hire a Care Coordinator on at least a part-time basis within two years of approval of the membership application.
- Firm identifies a Representative to the Association. The Representative must be an attorney who is a principal, partner, or employee of the firm.
- An owner-attorney or partner-attorney must pledge the firm's commitment to the principles of the Association.
- Firm must pay the applicable membership fees and dues prior to membership approval. Fees and dues may be paid by check via mail, or by credit card on-line.
Memberships approved between January 1st and June 30th are in effect through the end of the year and the membership fee is $1,100. Memberships approved between July 1st and October 30th are in effect through end of year and the membership fee is $550. Memberships approved between November 1st and December 31st are in effect through the next calendar year - to be set by the Board of Directors.
- Firm may claim an exemption from some membership requirements based on extraordinary circumstances. The extraordinary circumstances must be described. Acceptance of an extraordinary circumstance exemption is at the sole discretion of the Association.
The LCPLFA offers programs, events, and resources that will make a real difference in your Life Care Planning practice.