The Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) is a fine designation and represents a commitment to estate planning (see these requirements). But in my view it won't automatically set an AEP above planners who don't have the credential. Solid general financial planning credentials, estate planning experience, and a practice focus that includes estate planning are the most important factors. It also depends somewhat on how complex your estate is. Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), and Certified Public Accountant-Personal Financial Services (CPA-PFS) designations all include a healthy component in estate planning. That's not to say that every planner who holds those designations practices estate planning or keeps up with estate developments, but many do. And if you need formal estate planning advice and/or document drafting, your planner will need to also be a licensed attorney to provide that.
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