Established in 1982 by the Supreme Court of Florida, Board Certification provides consumers with assurance in the selection of legal counsel. A lawyer who is Board Certified by The Florida Bar has demonstrated ability and experience in his or her field of practice and has earned a reputation for professionalism with the legal community.
The Board Certification program operates according to Supreme Court approved standards in 19 practice areas. A member of the Florida Bar who has earned this career achievement may list “Board Certified” or “Specialist” on business cards or letterhead, in legal directories or in the yellow pages of telephone directories. The logo displayed on this web-site also signifies “Board Certification” and helps identify a lawyer’s certification status.
Board Certification not only helps consumers, it benefits the legal profession by requiring high standards, continuing legal education and professionalism in the practice of law. To become a certified specialist, a lawyer must:
- be an active member in good standing of The Florida Bar
- have practiced law for a minimum of 5 years
- pass a written examination in the specialty area
- be favorably evaluated as to ability and experience in the specialty field by judges and other lawyers
- exhibit outstanding character, ethics, and a reputation for professionalism
An attorney’s certification remains valid for 5 years. To recertify, the attorney must generally meet the same requirements as for initial certification.
Christopher Q. Wintter, Esquire is “Board Certified” and a “Specialist” in the area of Wills, Trusts and Estate law. Certified lawyers in wills, trusts and estate law deal with all aspects of the analysis and planning for the conservation and disposition of estates, giving due consideration to the applicable tax consequences, both federal and state; the preparation of legal instruments to effectuate estate plans; administering estates and trusts including tax related matters; and probate and trust ligation.