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A listServ hosted by ElderCounsel is an email discussion group dedicated to topics of interest for estate planning professionals. Each “subscriber” may contribute to the discussion by sending an email to the list. All contributions are automatically forwarded to each subscriber on the list.

Do you know how to subscribe to a listServ?
Send an email to and request your ListServ subscriptions. Be sure to provide the following information:

  • Your ElderCounsel login email address;
  • The email address you want to use for your subscriptions;
  • The ListServs you want to subscribe to; and
  • Your contact information.
  • We will verify your information and send you a confirming email.

Listserv Archives

Listserv archives are for ElderCounsel members only. To ACCESS an archive, please send an email from your subscribed email address with a subject of “Confirmation ID Request” to the below lists, which will in turn send you an email with a confirmation ID. You will then use your email address as the USER NAME and the CONFIRMATION ID as the password to access the archive.

Member-Only Listserv

Access Member Archives

Description & Subscription

ElderCounsel members can join the Member-Only Listservs and the Public Listservs. Below is a description of each list and the corresponding email address you use to post a message to the listserv.

You must subscribe before you can post to a list.  See below for instructions on how to subscribe to a Listserv.

Member-Only Listservs

  • ElderCounsel has one member-only listserv, ECMLS (address: Our members, national board members, and principals participate on the listserv. We also distribute important membership information on this listserv. Any member, associate, or assistant may subscribe.

Public Listservs

  • ElderCounsel also has one public listserv, ECEL (address: Any attorney is welcome to join this free listserv.

Subscription Instructions

Send an email to and request your Listserv subscriptions.  Be sure to provide the following information:

  1. Your ElderCounsel login email address;
  2. The email address you want to use for your subscriptions;
  3. The Listservs you want to  subscribe to; and
  4. Your contact information.

We will verify your information and send you a confirming email.

Listserv Protocol

ElderCounsel’s listservs provide members and non-members alike a venue to generously share ideas, stories, resources, and expertise day in and day out.  The dialogue that occurs here daily and the knowledge gained from that dialogue is extremely valuable to all who participate.

From time to time it’s important to remember a few things about online communities in general, and our listservs in particular.  Please take note of the following as you continue to participate in ElderCounsel listservs: Click here to download the Listserv Protocol.

Don’t neglect your independent research skills

  • The ElderCounsel listservs serve as a convenient means of communication among our membership on a wide spectrum of elder law and special needs planning issues.  Members who are new to these areas (which we all have been at some point) can tap into the deep well of knowledge and expertise of our more experienced members.  In order for all members to get the very most from the listservs and to avoid rehashing certain issues that have either been discussed at length or which can be quickly resolved with minimal research, please do your best to utilize online research tools as well as your own research to ensure that the issue is not one you can resolve quickly with a little independent research.  Please do not post the same email to multiple listservs.  Indentify the most appropriate listserv and post there only. 

Don’t use an “Out of Office” auto reply when you travel

  • If you’re going to be away for a few days and don’t want your inbox to be flooded, contact and ask to be temporarily removed from the listservs. (We promise you can get back on when you return.) If you don’t want to do that, at least spare your fellow listserv participants from receiving an “Out of Office” auto reply message while you’re away.

Don’t Request Email Read Receipts, Delivery/Open Confirmations, etc.

  • Similar to the “Out of Office” reply, sometimes it’s nice to know whether or not an email message has been read by the recipient. However, requiring a “Read Receipt,” “Delivery Confirmation,” “Open Confirmation,” or any other setting that generates an automatic response from the recipient causes a great deal of clutter on the listservs.Make sure your email is configured in such a way as to prevent these types of automated responses. If you use Outlook as your email application, check your email settings by going to “Tools>Options>Preferences>E-mail Options> Tracking Options” and make sure your settings look like this: >>>



Post only what you want to share

  • One of the most valuable functions of the listserv is that participants will so openly share forms, notes, schematics, and other valuable files with each other. In order to preserve an archive of these resources, ElderCounsel reserves the right to review any attachment posted to any ElderCounsel listserv, and if appropriate, to add the attached file to our members’ Knowledge Base. We may (or may not) edit the submission for form and basic content before posting the file to the Knowledge Base. When possible, we will acknowledge and give credit to the original contributor and/or author of the attached file, and we may use the attached file in any way we deem appropriate for the mutual use and benefit of ElderCounsel members. However, if the posted material is subject to a copyright held by someone other than the person who posts the file to the listserv, we will not post the materials without the prior consent of the copyright holder.

If you have something to sell, the ElderCounsel MarketPlace is for you

  • Posts that solicit business from other listserv participants are prohibited and are subject to “Corrective Action for Inappropriate Posts” as outlined below. If you have some great ideas on how members can improve their practices, serve clients better, have a better life, etc. and you want to share that information and those resources with others and with no strings attached, by all means, please share. However, if you want to charge for that information, contact and learn about advertising on the ElderCounsel Marketplace.

Offensive comments, jokes and any other information that does not constitute asking or answering a legal question is strictly prohibited.

  • Posting any type of information that, in the sole discretion of ElderCounsel, constitutes an offensive comment, joke or any other information that does not involve asking or answering a legal question is strictly prohibited and may result in removal from the listserv.
  • If you have a question about whether a post is appropriate, please contact our Executive Director, Valerie Peterson at or by phone, 888-789-9908 #581.

Corrective Action for Inappropriate Posts

  • If information that is inappropriate as outlined in the paragraphs above is posted to a listserv managed and operated by ElderCounsel, a written and/or oral warning will be given to the person who posted the comment, with notice that further inappropriate posts will result in immediate removal from the listserv.
  • If inappropriate information is posted a second or subsequent time, the person who posted the email will be removed immediately and no longer able to participate in any listserv managed and operated by ElderCounsel until such time as ElderCounsel determines.

 Basic email rules you should already know

  • Don’t assume that your fellow listserv participants know who you are. Make sure that ALL emails you post to a listserv contain a full identifying signature (name, title, mailing address, and email address) at the bottom.
  • TYPING IN ALL CAPS AND WITH REALLY POOR GRAMMATICAL USE AND RUN-ON SENTENCES AND FRAGMENTS is equivalent to yelling and makes for distracting reading. Use traditional capitalization, punctuation, and grammar when possible.
  • Don’t use active “emoticons” or animated graphics in signatures and avoid including ActiveX controls or Java applets in emails posted to any ElderCounsel listserv. Similarly, refrain from using signatures containing embedded solicitations, links to “get free emoticons” and similar matters.
  • When replying to emails that are not of general interest (such as requests for attorney references, co-counsel opportunities, “thanks for the information,” etc.), direct your reply off-list only to the person who posted the message, rather than posting a general reply to the listserv.

Thank you for your cooperation, and for your participation in ElderCounsel’s online community.

Listserv FAQ

How to Access the Archives?

The Listserv archives are an ElderCounsel member benefit. If you are an ElderCounsel member, select the Listserv Archives link under the Listservs navigational category.

How to Post a Message?

To post a message, email the Listserv group from the email account you subscribed with. For example, to post to the public ElderCounsel Listserv, send an email to If you are subscribed to the member listserv, you would post a message to

How to Create Outlook Rules?

Instructions on how to create an Outlook rule to move listserv messages out of your inbox.

How to Manage Your Subscription Status?

Four options are available for you to subscribe/unsubscribe to the listservs. These options can be set for you by the Support department. Send an email to with your request.

  • Subscribed Digest – You will receive digest messages at the end of the business day. A digest message starts with the Table of Contents – the list of the messages posted, followed by the posted messages themselves.
  • Subscribed Regular – You are subscribed to the list and will receive each email that is posted.
  • Not Subscribed – You are not subscribed to the list.
  • Suspend – You can request to suspend the emails for the time being. To start receiving the listserv emails again you must request to be re subscribed.

How to Update Your Listserv Email Address?

Contact Provide us with your old email address, new email address, and groups you are subscribed to.