Amador County’s first Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law
Attorney Gwendolyn K. Christeson, the owner and founder of The Estate Planning Law Center, a PLC is now recognized as a Certified Legal Specialist in her field of Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California. The California State Bar certifies attorneys as specialists who have gone beyond the standard licensing requirements by successfully demonstrating a broad-based and comprehensive experience in the specialty area. In October 2019 Attorney Gwendolyn K. Christeson completed the Legal Specialist Examination which is considered a Bar Exam for estate planning. The Legal Specialist Examination tests whether an attorney has a proficient understanding of the key laws, rules and procedures applicable to the area of law. She received notification March 2020 that she had passed. She then had to undergo a 6-month review process to prove that she met all the requirements which included her involvement in 20 litigated matters and 40 administration procedures and at least 50 estate plans. She also successfully obtained favorable evaluations from other attorneys and judges familiar with the her work in the specialty area of law as well as completing 45 hours of continuing education which exceeds the amount required of general attorneys.
Christeson is the first Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in Amador. There are only 5 in El Dorado, 1 in Tuolumne and none in Calaveras.