Thank you for visiting the official website of the National Institute of Certified Estate Planners, Inc. The purpose of this website is to:
1. provide information to consumers about estate planning in general and to facilitate the introduction and verification of the Institute’s graduates and certificants,
2. provide information to financial, legal, and tax professionals about the Institute’s certification programs and protocol, and
3. to provide information and support to the Institute’s certificants with regard to the maintenance and ongoing use of the certifications earned.
Please read the policies and legal notices on this page carefully and if you disagree with any of the language, immediately terminate use of this website.
Your access to and use of this website is subject to all legal notices and all applicable laws. By accessing and browsing the website, you accept the terms and conditions contained in this section of the website, without limitation or qualification and you expressly agree that all such use shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, U.S. federal laws and the laws of the State of Indiana. You hereby irrevocably and unconditionally consent to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of these courts for any litigation arising out of or relating to the use of this website, waive any objection to the venue of any such litigation in the Indiana courts and agree not to plead or claim in any Indiana court that such litigation brought therein has been brought in an inconvenient forum.
OUR ORGANIZATION & PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
The National Institute of Certified Estate Planners (NICEP) is an Indiana not-for-profit corporation, and a tax-exempt entity under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(6). It is established as a supporting organization for the purpose of educating primarily financial, legal, and tax professionals in matters of estate planning. The NICEP provides sufficient educational courses and examinations to certify those professionals that successfully complete these programs with either the certification CEP® (Certified Estate Planner™), or MCEP® (Master Certified Estate Planner™).
The NICEP does not discriminate in certification opportunities, employment or business practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.
The NICEP is the sole owner of the following federally registered trademarks:
CERTIFIED ESTATE PLANNER™
MASTER CERTIFIED ESTATE PLANNER™
Further, the NICEP is the only organization that confers these professional certifications. They are used by permission of the NICEP alone. They may only be used by those who satisfactorily complete the coursework and qualifying examinations, maintain their annual certification fees and continuing education requirements, and adhere to a strict code of professional ethics.
Misuse of these trademarks is strictly prohibited. Please be advised that the NICEP will vigorously enforce its intellectual property rights to the fullest extent of the law.
COPYRIGHT / USAGE RIGHTS
Copyright © 2011 - The National Institute of Certified Estate Planners, Inc. - All rights reserved.
You should assume that everything you see or read on this website is owned by copyright by the NICEP and may not be used, except as provided under the terms herein or in the text on the website, without the prior consent of the NICEP.
All information, documents and materials posted in this website are presented at the sole discretion of the NICEP and may not be resold, republished, or copied, without the prior consent of the NICEP. Information, documents and materials may be reprinted for educational and nonprofit purposes only. In addition, all information, documents and materials posted in this website are subject to change.
You acknowledge and agree that the content is a proprietary product of the NICEP, protected under copyright law. You further acknowledge and agree that all rights, title, and interest in and to the content, including associated intellectual property rights, are and shall remain with the NICEP.
If you not willing to be bound by these terms, you are not permitted to use or access the content of this website.
PRIVACY / PERSONAL INFORMATION / SECURITY
In some cases (e.g. course enrollment or certification renewal), using this website automatically relays technical information between computers. Examples of this type of information include the type of internet browser you are using, the type of computer operating system you are using and the domain name of the website from which you linked to our site. Also, when you view the website some information may be stored on your computer in the form of a "cookie" or similar file.
Information may also be collected if you provide it, such as your e-mail address.
The NICEP, either through telephone or e-mail responses or through its website search feature may release any of the following CEP® or MCEP® certificant information:
• Whether the individual has ever been certified by the NICEP, the date of that certification, and, if not currently certified, the date on which certification lapsed or was otherwise terminated.
• Any past and/or current public disciplinary actions against the individual by the NICEP.
• The business name, address, phone number, e-mail address or website of the individual.
• A photo and biographical information of the individual.
• The renewal date for the individual’s current certification.
The NICEP may provide information other than that listed above, including but not limited to social security numbers, to government and self regulatory organizations, to allow for the proper identification of individuals associated with the requesting agency.
The NICEP also reserves the right to deny any requests for information.
The NICEP reserves the right, at any time and without notice, to add to, change, update, or modify this policy, simply by posting such addition, change, update, or modification on this site. Any such addition, change, update, or modification will be effective immediately upon posting on the site.
Physical, electronic and managerial procedures have been employed to safeguard the security and integrity of personal and financial information. This information is accessible only by the NICEP staff and or its agents and contractors specifically employed to handle such information. These individuals are also bound to adhere to this policy. To protect the security of information supplied by users in order to access restricted areas, users must provide e-mail addresses and passwords to access their information.
This website is intended for use by adults only.
The content of this website is provided “as is” and “as available”, and the NICEP disclaims any and all warranties, whether express or implied, including, without limitation, any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Further, the NICEP does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text, graphics, links or other items contained within the website, and reserves the right to make changes to this website at any time without notice.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
In no event shall the NICEP be liable for any indirect, incidental, consequential, special, or exemplary damages or lost profits, even if the NICEP has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Some states do not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.
The content of this website has been prepared and/or obtained for general information and educational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal, medical, tax, or professional advice. You acknowledge that the NICEP, its owners, partners, employees, officers, directors, attorneys, and agents do not promise or guarantee that the content is correct, complete, or up-to-date for any specific circumstance.
The content may link to other locations via the Internet, and there is no endorsement, guarantee or warranty made or implied with respect to the content and information available at another site, and the NICEP does not monitor any linked sites or evaluate the propriety or correctness of any information available at a linked site. You agree that the NICEP does not have any liability for anything on a third party’s website.
CHANGES / UPDATES
The NICEP reserves the right to make changes to this website and any of the policies and legal notices contained herein at any time by updating this page without notice to you. You should visit this page from time to time to review the current terms because they are binding on you. Your use of this website following any such change constitutes your agreement to follow and be bound by the terms as changed. If any change is unacceptable to you, your only recourse is to terminate your use of the website. Any updates or changes to the legal use of this website will be posted here and the date of the newest version posted below.
LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES
Links to third-party websites may be provided solely for your information and convenience, or to provide additional information for various other goods and services. If you use these links, you will leave NICEP.org.
The NICEP does not control such websites and is not responsible for their content nor is it responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any information, data, opinions, advice, or statements contained within such websites. We suggest that you carefully review the privacy policies of each site you visit. If you decide to access any of the third party websites linked to this website, you do so at your own risk. The NICEP reserves the right to terminate any link or linking program at any time.
PROHIBITED ACTS / LIMITATIONS ON USE
Except as authorized, no copies of this website or any portions thereof may be made by you or any person under your authority or control. You agree that you will not assign, sublicense, transfer, pledge, sell, lease, rent, lend, or otherwise dispose of the content, or any part thereof, including passwords and user names. You agree that you will not disassemble, decompile, convert to another programming language, or otherwise translate the content, and that you will not rent, lease, or lend the content, or any component of it, in violation of 17 U.S.C. §§ 109(b)(1). You agree that you will not alter, publish, copy, cut, modify or transform the content, or any component of it, in any form to any storage medium, known or unknown, for any purpose whatsoever, except as authorized. You will be held legally responsible for any trademark or copyright infringement that is caused or encouraged by your failure to abide by these terms.
While the NICEP may monitor or review discussions, postings, transmissions and other information or material on this website, it is under no duty to do so and assumes no responsibility or liability arising from such matters nor for any error, defamation, libel, slander, omission, obscenity, pornography, or inaccuracy contained in any such discussion, posting or transmission. Furthermore, you are prohibited from posting or transmitting any unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic or erroneous material or otherwise violate any law through the use of this website. The NICEP will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing the disclosure of the identity of anyone posting any such information or materials.
If you have any concerns about the above information, please contact our corporate office. We will make every reasonable effort to address your concerns and remedy any problems you bring to our attention.
This page was last updated July 27, 2011.