Why Choose a Board Certified Family Law Attorney?

Within the Texas  Legal Community, Board Certification means an attorney  has substantial, relevant experience in a select field of law as well as demonstrated, and tested, special competence in that area of law. There are more than 70,000 attorneys  licensed to practice  in Texas. Only 7,000 are Board Certified. Of that number, less than 740 attorneys are Board Certified in the area of family law. Board Certified lawyers earn the right to publicly represent themselves as a specialist in a select area of the law. In fact, they are the only attorneys allowed  by the State Bar of Texas to do so. This designation sets them apart as being an attorney  with the highest,  public commitment to excellence in their area of law.       The process  is voluntary and can only take place after an attorney has demonstrated his or  her experience and involvement in cases such as divorce,  child custody, complex property division  or other areas of matrimonial law. To become  Board Certified in Family Law, an attorney  must have:

  • Been licensed to practice law for a minimum of five years;
  • Devoted a majority  of their practice to issues involving  family law for at least three years;
  • Attended a significant  number of family law continuing legal  education seminars to keep current  on the even changing law in the area of family law;
  • Been evaluated and recommended by their family law peers and the family law  judiciary;
  • Passed a day long written  examination.

Moreover, Board Certification is not a one-time event. It requires  an ongoing involvement  in the attorney’s specialty area which is periodically substantiated with referenced from peers in that field. It also requires annual  legal education for the attorney to stay abreast of current  trends in the law. An attorney,  even a Board Certified one, cannot guarantee  a client a specific outcome  with litigating their particular family law matter.  However, your chances of success are increased when you retain a Board Certified Family Law specialist with the specialized  knowledge and with the court room experience necessary to advocate  your position.

Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III is a Houston divorce lawyer and creator of The Guide to Good Divorce seminars for women. If you have questions about your Houston divorce, please contact The Law Office of Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III, P.C. for a consultation.

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