What is a Board Certified Tax Law Attorney

What is a Board Certified Tax Law Attorney?

An attorney who is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Tax Law must have demonstrated a broad based knowledge of statutes (primarily federal) dealing with the imposition and collection of taxes. The attorney must also have advised clients concerning their rights and responsibilities regarding taxes, the proper taxation transactions, and the procedure for contesting proposed and assessed taxes

To become Board Certified in Tax Law, an attorney must have:

  1. Been licensed to practice law for at least five (5) years;
  2. Devoted a required percentage of practice to tax law for at least five (5) years;
  3. Handled a wide variety of tax law matters to demonstrate experience and involvement;
  4. Attended tax law continuing education seminars regularly to keep legal training up to date;
  5. Been evaluated by fellow lawyers and judges;

Passed a day-long written examination.

Initial certification is valid for a period of five (5) years. To remain certified, an attorney must apply for recertification every five years and meet practice, peer review and continuing legal education requirements for the specialty field.

The consumer can identify a Tax Law Board Certified attorney in one of many ways. A Tax Law Certified attorney is entitled to indicate certification on business cards and letterhead by stating “Board Certified-Tax Law-Texas Board of Legal Specialization.” The attorney may also display the Certificate of Special Competence awarded by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and list the certification in legal directories and telephone listings under “Attorneys-Board Certified.”

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization was created by, and operates under the authority of, the Supreme Court of Texas. Its members are appointed by the President of the State Bar of Texas.

The Board administers the program by which an attorney may earn a certificate of special competence in a particular field of law. The program is voluntary and is funded entirely by fees imposed on the participating attorneys.

Leonard S. Roth has a dual certification in both Tax Law & Estate Planning Law.

He is also a member of the United States Supreme Court.

For more information you can write to:
Texas Board of Legal Specialization
P.O. Box 12487
Austin, Texas 78711-2487
or call
(512)463-1454
(800)204-2222 ext. 1454

Knowledge Base

    Legal News

  • Survey on CNN Headline News states that only 50% of Americans have a will. If a person dies without a will, state law dictates how their assets(everything you have) will be distributed.
  • HR Bill 436 is circulating in the House of Representatives. This bill would freeze the estate tax exemption at $3,500,000 and eliminate minority and marketability discounts for partnerships that are not actively conducting business. Other proposals are expected to be considered in revising current estate tax law.