Any attorney that is licensed in the State of Texas can do family law. However, I would not hire a lawyer that is not familiar with the judge and current Texas family law to help me. I graduated over 25 years ago and family law (plus other areas of the law such as business law) have changed dramatically.
An attorney does not need to be board certified in family law to be effective. But I'd want an attorney that does over 50% family law.
Fran Brochstein has been a licensed Texas attorney over 24 years & has an active mediation practice. She also accepts a limited number of uncontested family law cases in Harris County at a flat-rate price. If you found this answer "helpful" or "best answer", please select the button to show your appreciation. Please understand that Fran's reply to your question in no way creates an attorney-client relationship. You are strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney in your county in person about your specific legal problem.
Some attorneys practice both family law and bankruptcy law but many limit their practice to one or the other. Lawyers don not need to be board certified in order to practice law but board certified lawyers must be experienced in thier area, be peer reviewed, pass a test and take more continuing education than non board certified lawyers.
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An attorney does not have to be board certified to practice law. There are numerous attorneys who specialize in more than one field of law. To properly answer your questions and address your concerns, the best way to handle this is by retaining an experienced TX matrimonial attorney. Use AVVO's Find a Lawyer tool to select a qualified attorney. Good luck. THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE! YOU NEED TO SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY WHO IS LICENSED IN YOUR STATE FOR LEGAL ADVICE. This is merely suggestions for you to think about in discussing your situation with the local attorney.
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Been licensed to practice law for at least five years
Devoted a required percentage of practice to a specialty area for at least three years
Yes he or she can. Membership in the Texas Bar Association permits one to practice in most if not all areas of the law. A Board Certified Attorney in a legal specialty, however, has met stringent requirements to obtain the title of "Board Certified". For instance, he or she may be required to have represented clients in a wide variety of matters in the area to demonstrate experience and involvement;
Regularly attended educational seminars to keep legal training up to date;
Been evaluated by fellow lawyers and judges;
Passed a six-hour written examination;
No attorney may claim to "specialize" in any area of the law unless they are Board Certified.
Yes they could, but unless that was one of their regular practice areas it probably would not be a good idea. You would likely be a an extreme disadvantage over your spouse if your spouse had an experienced family law attorney. Your bankruptcy attorney wouldn't know what they didn't know. And it would likely increase your expense in the long run. It can be very frustrating dealing with an attorney who is not familiar with the law in that area, and it can increase everyone's legal expenses by thousands because things that are understood by regular practitioners and quickly resolved, aren't with someone unfamiliar with the area. I have had Family Law cases against business law and personal injury attorneys and those cases were needlessly expensive. Similarly, Family Law Attorneys, unless regular practitioners of bankruptcy law, are not good bankruptcy attorneys. That is why most people limit their practice areas to just a few to prevent being a jack of all trades and a master of none. So can they, yes. Should they, not in any but the simplest of cases or tasks unless they regularly practice family law.
Accepting cases in Dallas, Denton, Collin and Tarrant Counties. THIS IS GENERAL ADVICE AND DOES NOT REPLACE A PERSONAL CONSULTATION WITH AN ATTORNEY AND DOES NOT ESTABLISH AN ATTORNEY/CLIENT RELATIONSHIP
A lawyer licensed to practice in Texas state courts may file divorce. A lawyer may also be licensed to practice in Federal bankruptcy court
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