Laura Nichols Earns Accredited Estate Planner® Designation
SCMV is pleased to announce that Laura Nichols has been certified as an Accredited Estate Planner® for her experience in, commitment to and belief in the team concept of estate planning to fulfill a client’s individual and family needs.
The AEP® designation is a graduate-level specialization in estate planning awarded by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC), a national organization of professional estate planners and planning councils building public awareness and cross-professional teams to better serve the public’s estate-planning needs.
“Laura’s proven commitment to addressing the financial complexities and often highly-emotional elements of estate planning and administration has earned her this exceptional distinction,” said James H. Siegel, leader of SCMV’s Estate Planning & Administration practice group. “We are proud of Laura’s achievements and her continued dedication to serving San Diego families.”
AEP® designees must meet stringent requirements of experience, knowledge, education, professional reputation and character as well as embrace a team approach to estate planning and adhere to the NAEPC Code of Ethics.
An of counsel member of SCMV and part of the firm's Estate Planning & Administration Practice Group, Laura provides inclusive estate plans for generations of San Diegans. She specializes in addressing individual- and family-specific estate and tax planning needs to work through and solve challenges that arise with the administration of estates or trusts after the loss of a loved one.
Since 2013, Laura has been a California State Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law — a certification involving rigorous testing and peer reviews. She frequently speaks in the community and before the State Bar of California on estate planning, probate, trust and estate tax issues.
Laura was recently elected president of the Estate Planning Council of San Diego (EPCSD), an interdisciplinary estate-planning professional organization, for the 2017-2018 term. She previously served on the organization’s board of directors as vice president, secretary and membership chair.
A dedicated community volunteer, Laura also serves on the KPBS Planned Giving Advisory Committee and Scripps Health Gift Planning Advisory Board. She is a member the Financial Roundtable of San Diego, Rotary Club 33, San Diego County Bar Association and State Bar of California Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section.