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In 2009, I was certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law. In 2015, my certification was renewed. The North Carolina State Bar certifies lawyers as specialists in designated practice areas as a service to the public. Certification means I have demonstrated special knowledge, skill, and proficiency in Estate Planning and Probate Law. To be certified, a lawyer must be an active member in good standing with the North Carolina State Bar for at least five years, devote a significant part of his or her practice to the specialty area, attend continuing legal education (CLE) seminars in the specialty, be favorably evaluated by other lawyers and/or judges (peer review), and pass a rigorous written examination in the specialty practice area (Exam was not required for Re-Certification).
For more information about the North Carolina Legal Specialization program, please visit www.nclawspecialists.com, or call the State Bar at 919.828.4620.
I am the Principal in the law firm of Patrick D. Newton, P.C., and I am "Of Counsel" with the law firm of Strauss & Associates, P.A.