At a time when a number of settlement consultants and elder lawyers are getting to know each other better for the mutual benefit of each other and those they serve it's critical that references to credentialing be accurate.
I'm not sure why Fort Myer's Elder law attorney, William T. Edy continues to get his facts wrong on the Registered Settlement Planner Designation (RSP). In a post today on Medicare Trusts on News-Press.Com, Attorney Edy mischaracterizes which entity designates someone a Registered Settlement Planner and wrongly states the Society of Settlement Planners (SSP).
The fact is that, as stated in the overview for the program posted on the Texas Tech University web site, the Registered Settlement Planner Program is a product of collaboration between the Registry of Settlement Planners Board (RSP Board) and Texas Tech University’s Personal Financial Planning Division.
There is nothing worse than professionals not getting the facts straight on credentialing. It is misleading to the public.
- On April 26, 2008 I wrote about a settlement planner who claimed to be "board certified" as a settlement consultant by the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA). That individual figured out where the laser beam was shining and corrected the error, But what if the laser beam wasn't shown? If a consumer read that and choosing between a "board certified" CSSC and a purportedly regular CSSC, who would he/she more likely to pick?
- Several months ago we had a structured settlement brokerage firm promoting a designation with as much reality as Elwood P. Dowd's play pal Harvey the rabbit.
- There continue to be settlement consultants who reference CSSC designation in such a way that the average person would infer that they matriculated at University of Notre Dame.
Now we've got William T. Edy, Esq. stepping on a duck, AGAIN.
Some General Food for thought
- Just because a lawyer is referred to as Esquire doesn't mean he or she is a gentleman
- Just because a lawyer has a Juris Doctor(JD) after his/her name doesn't mean he/she went to medical school
- Just because a lawyer has a Juris Doctor(JD) after his/her name doesn't mean he/she carries a stethoscope.
- Just because a lawyer has Juris Doctor after his or her name doesn't mean he or she is board certified.
- Just because someone has the initials J.D. doesn't mean he or she is a lawyer. (badumbum...swish)
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Misplaced Edyfication from Fort Myers April 13, 2008 (click on title to access)