What is “Board Certification”?
Each year the Texas Board of Legal Specialization confers the title, “Board Certified” on a handful of attorneys in the family law practice area. The process to become Board Certified in Family Law is a difficult one, including vetting by other attorneys, judges, and the State Bar. There is also a long list of requirements and a very difficult exam that a candidate must pass in order to be Board Certified. One of the requirements is that the candidate must have at least 5 years of practice in that particular area. The State Board then will check with that candidate’s colleagues and the Judges that he or she practice with as well, to make sure that only the best attorneys will be able to apply.
How Difficult is it to Become Board Certified Divorce Lawyer?
There are over 100,000 attorneys in Texas, but less than 900 are Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This is less than 1% of all of the attorneys in Texas are Board Certified in Family Law. Once Board Certified, the attorney must perform and study at an elevated level to continue keep their certification. Attorneys can lose their Board Certification for misconduct or even if they don’t maintain enough hours of Continuing Legal Education.
Who Is Board Certified?
Both of our Managing Partners at Walters Gilbreath, PLLC are Board Certified in Family Law.
Also, our Of Counsel at Walters Gilbreath, PLLC is Board Certified in Family Law
What Should You Look For in an Attorney?
Finding a good attorney should be your top priority, especially for a complicated case. Once you’ve narrowed your search down to looking amongst Family Law Board Certified attorneys, then you should be sure that the attorney :
- Has positive feedback from other clients (Check the Attorney’s Reviews);
- Communicates with clients and are responsive when you contact them; and
- Is open and honest with you about their practice, fees, and how the legal system works (both on the attorney’s website and in person).
It is important to state that even though it certainly helps that an attorney is board certified, it does not mean that it is 100% certain that you will win or even that you’ll be a good fit for the attorney or their firm. Do your homework. Make sure that the attorney that you choose has some other qualities that you are looking for other than board certification.
Contact one of our board certified attorneys today by calling (844) 451-1220 or filling out the online form.
- Michael V.
- William I.
- David P.
When it comes to our clients, we have a unique approach—an approach our lawyers have cultivated after representing thousands of clients over the years. When you trust your family law case to our competent team of Texas divorce attorneys, we offer:
Direct Contact With Our Attorneys
You deserve direct and frequent communication with your attorney, not staff. As attorney practices grow, the usual reaction is to hire more staff. We’ve been guilty of the same thing in the past, but we learned and improved. The problem with this approach is attorneys get isolated from clients and spend most of their time managing the staff (at the client’s expense). We’ve now structured our offices so that you will be dealing with an attorney on all matters, not an employee of the attorneys.
Fearless Use of the Court System
Many attorneys fail to use the court system to their clients’ advantage. In fact, many will shy away from trial and try to convince their clients to settle when a better outcome can likely be achieved in court. The reason for this is that a court hearing is stressful for the attorney, difficult to predict, and may expose the attorney’s limitations. We will not pressure you into a bad settlement; in fact, we’ve found that our clients get a better outcome when we present their case to a judge or jury.
The Truth, Even When It Hurts
Attorneys, like everyone, tend to tell people what they want to hear. This is especially true at the beginning of representation (to get you signed up). We don’t think this is helpful to clients, and in fact, it harms a client’s case. We are not shy about telling our clients what we think they need to do. As a client of our firm, you will get the truth—good or bad—from us at all times.
Strong Legal Guidance
The most difficult time you will ever have making the right decisions is in the middle of a family law dispute. Many clients either want to rush things and get them over with, or they want to avoid conflict with the other side. We don't shy away from telling the client what we think is the best course of action. Of course, what to do is ultimately up to our clients, but they never lack for strong, helpful guidance.