Why You Should Hire a Board-Certified Lawyer
Hiring a lawyer is usually a serious consideration and should not be done hastily. You should take your time deciding the right lawyer to represent you, one that meets the needs of your particular case. By checking out several lawyers who are licensed to serve your judicial county, you can check for qualifications such as education, years of active legal practice, recommendations from friends and family, areas of specialty, fee schedule, and personality. Lawyers who offer an initial free consultation will answer general legal questions such as the steps in handling divorce and how to obtain child support.
One of the important qualifications you should look for in checking a lawyer is to find out if the lawyer is board-certified. In the state of Florida, this means a lawyer has applied to the Florida Bar for consideration. To apply, a lawyer must have actively practiced law for at least five years in their field of specialties such as Marital and Family Law. The lawyer must be in good standing with the Florida Bar and meet the standards subscribed by the Florida Supreme Court. The Florida Bar thoroughly evaluates each candidate through rigorous testing and examination. The candidate must have demonstrated expertise in their chosen legal field as well as ethics and professionalism in the practice of law. As laws and rules are constantly changing, once a lawyer is board-certified, they must take continuing education courses, including courses required by the Florida Bar. To become board-certified is an honor few layers accomplish. In Florida Marital and Family Law, only 1% of practicing lawyers can put the initials BCS (Board Certified Specialist) after their name and refer to themselves as experts in Marital and Family Law. Board Certification must be renewed every five years, and the lawyer must have actively practiced law during those five years.
Now to answer the question, Why you should hire a board-certified lawyer?. First and foremost, a board-certified lawyer is one who has earned the respect and trust of clients for at least five years and has shown ethics and professionalism in doing so. Given the frequent reputation of lawyers taking advantage of clients, knowing a lawyer can be trusted to serve in the client’s best interest both legally and financially is a great comfort. Additionally, a client can be assured a board-certified lawyer knows and understands the laws in their field and is keeping up to date on changes as they occur.
Attaining board certification has become the gold standard of lawyers in Florida. If you are looking for a board-certified lawyer in Marital and Family Law and live in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange or Hillsborough County, Florida or Washington DC or New York Family Law Attorney Grant Gisondo is board-certified. He offers a free, initial, in-office consultation to answer general questions, to get acquainted, and to discuss fees. His office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and for new clients on Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. You can call his office at (561) 530-4568 to make an appointment.