November 25, 2015
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Gerry W. Beyer, the Preston E. Smith regents professor in the Texas Tech University School of Law, was awarded the Accredited Estate Planner Distinguished Designation for 2015 this weekend at the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC) annual conference.
By receiving the award, Beyer earns automatic induction into the Estate Planning Hall of Fame®.
"It is a genuine honor to join the ranks of the distinguished members of the NAEPC Estate Planning Hall of Fame," Beyer said. "I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to enhance estate planning services for everyone."
Beyer was one of five estate planners to receive the award this year. The annual award recognizes lifetime achievement and outstanding contributions to the estate planning profession within the disciplines of accounting, insurance and financial planning, legal services, trust services and academia.
"We are honored to elect professor Beyer as a member of the Estate Planning Hall of Fame Class of 2015," said NAEPC president Jordon N. Rosen. "Each member has excelled in not only his own professional discipline, but also is recognized as an elite estate planning professional by other members encompassing all areas of the estate planning community. In addition to their own practice expertise, these honorees share their knowledge with others nationally, through their writings in professional publications and speaking engagements. We are all grateful for the exemplary leadership they have exhibited throughout their careers."
Beyer joined the Texas Tech Law School staff in 2005 and is a nationally recognized expert in estate planning and highly sought-after lecturer and presents numerous continuing legal education (CLE) seminars at the local and state bar levels.
Beyer's Wills, Trusts and Estates Prof Blog is the No. 1-ranked estate planning blog in the U.S. and the 21st most popular legal blog in the nation. For five straight years it has been ranked in the American Bar Association (ABA) Journal's Blawg 100 for best legal blogs selected by the ABA Journal's editors.
He serves as editor-in-chief of The Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Reporter hosted by The State Bar of Texas and is director of the South Plains Trust & Estate Council. He is a member of the American Law Institute and an academic fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the American Bar Foundation, the Texas Bar Foundation and the College of the State Bar of Texas.
"Gerry Beyer is a creative thinker in the area of estate planning," School of Law Dean Darby Dickerson said. "He also is tireless — forever speaking at CLEs, teaching classes and writing and updating publications. I can think of no one more deserving of this honor."
NAEPC is a nationwide organization of estate planners and local estate planning councils dedicated to maintaining the highest professional and educational standards through promotion of the quality services provided by professionals.
The Texas Tech School of Law is a leader among Texas law schools with a 16-year average pass rate of 90 percent on the State Bar Exam.
A small student body, a diverse faculty and a low student-faculty ratio (15.3:1) promotes learning and encourages interaction between students and professors.