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.
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 certfied, 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.
What About Our Board Certification?
Both Managing Partners of Walters Gilbreath, PLLC are Board Certified in Family Law.
Helpful Links & Sources:
Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
State Bar of Texas