Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a Board Certified Attorney ?

A Board Certified attorney is an attorney who has demonstrated special competence in a particular field in which the Texas Board of Legal Specialization has certified their competence.
The Texas Board of Legal Specialization was created by the Supreme Court of Texas and the Board Members are appointed by the President of the State Bar of Texas.  The Board, in turn, administers the program through which an attorney may demonstrate their special competence in a particular area of law practice.

Q: How many attorneys are currently Board Certified in Texas?

A: There are approximately 70,000 attorneys in Texas, and only 7,000 are Board Certified.

Q: How does the consumer know whether an attorney is Board Certified in Real Estate Law?

B: A Board Certified attorney is entitled to indicate certification on their business card and letterhead by stating they are “Board Certified – Residential or Commercial or Farm and Ranch Real Estate Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization.” They may display the Certificate of Special Competence awarded by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and list the certifications in legal directories and telephone listings under “Attorneys – Board Certified”.

Q. How long does an attorney remain certified in Real Estate Law?

A: Certification is for a period of 5 years. To remain certified after that time, every 5 years the attorney must apply for re-certification and meet the requirements for continued experience, peer review, and continuing legal education.

Q: What are the general requirements for Board Certification in Real Estate Law?

A: All Real Estate Law Board Certified attorneys must have:

– Been licensed to practice law for at least 5 years
– Practiced Real Estate law for at least 3 years
– Devoted a minimum of 30% of their law practice to real estate
– Handled a wide variety of real estate law matters to demonstrate experience and involvement
– Attended real estate law continuing legal education seminars regularly to keep their legal training up to date
– Been evaluated by fellow lawyers
– Passed a day-long written examination

Q: What special requirements must a lawyer who is Board Certified in Real Estate Law meet?

A: A lawyer Board Certified in Real Estate Law must have experience in the law covering land and improvements and their use, acquisition, transfer, development, and financing. The lawyer must also be knowledgeable in statutory law and governmental regulations concerning real estate and its use. There are subcategories in Real Estate Law of Commercial, Residential, and Farm and Ranch Real Estate Law.