What does “Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law” mean?

There are approximately 89,900 lawyers in Texas. Of them only around 8000 are board certified in the many different areas of law practice. Of these only around 683 are board certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law. That is less than 1% of all the lawyers in Texas. Board Certification is a voluntary designation program for attorneys and paralegals. Initial certification is valid for a period of five years. To remain certified, an attorney and paralegal must apply for re-certification every five years and meet substantial involvement, peer review and continuing legal education requirements for the specialty area. With respect to Estate Planning and Probate Law, it involves conserving and protecting property through wills and trusts, transferring property through gifts and wills, providing financial resources for minor children, probate proceedings, elder law issues and minimizing taxes on estates.

To become Board Certified in a specialty area, an attorney must have been licensed to practice law for at least five years;

Devoted a required percentage of practice to a specialty area for at least three years;

Handled a wide variety of matters in the area to demonstrate experience and involvement;

Attended continuing education seminars regularly to keep legal training up to date;

Been evaluated by fellow lawyers and judges;

Passed a 6-hour written examination.

The following is the official logo offered only for use by those qualified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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