Dual Board Certification

Advanced Competency in Estate Planning, Probate & Taxation

Leonard S. Roth is dual certified in Estate Planning and Probate and Taxation by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, which recognizes his advanced competency in both fields. Becoming “Board Certified” requires an individual to be licensed to practice estate planning and probate and tax law for at least five (5) years, devote a minimum of 75% of practice to these specialties, handle a wide variety of cases in each field, be evaluated by fellow attorneys and judges, take a day-long written examination and regularly attend continuing education seminars. Mr. Roth is rated AV (highest rating) by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

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:

  • Been licensed to practice law for at least five (5) years

  • Devoted a required percentage of practice to the tax law for at least five (5) years

  • Handled a wide variety of tax law matters to demonstrate experience and involvement

  • Attended tax law continuing education seminars regularly to keep legal training up to date

  • Been evaluated by fellow Attorney and judges

  • Passed a Day-Long Written Examination

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

How to Identify a Board Certified Attorney

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.”

How Does It Operate

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization was created by and operates under the Supreme Court of Texas's authority. 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.

Contact Information

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