- posted: Apr. 14, 2021
- Barnes Walker News
Attorneys who are Board Certified by the Florida Bar must continue to demonstrate their qualifications by going through a re-certification process. Initially certified as a Board-Certified Wills, Trusts and Estates attorney by the Florida Bar in 2010, Jeffrey S. Goethe was recently notified that his certification has been extended through July 31, 2025.
In a March 19, 2021 letter from the chair of the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, Steven B. Lesser, Mr. Goethe was recognized for his efforts in achieving and maintaining board-certified status:
On behalf of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education (BLSE), it gives me great pleasure to inform you of your recertification in Wills, Trusts and Estates effective August 1, 2020.
Your continued pursuit of board certification is a direct reflection of your commitment to excellence and professionalism in the practice of law. As a board certified lawyer, you have, as acknowledged by the Supreme Court of Florida, the distinction of having "special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in your practice area, as well as character, ethics, and a reputation for professionalism in the practice of law." Moreover, you are entitled to represent yourself as board certified in your field of practice and use the initials B.C.S. after your name to indicate Board Certified Specialist.
According to the Florida Bar web site, 7 percent of eligible Florida Bar members, or approximately 5,000 members, are certified in one or more of 27 certification fields. As of April 13, 2021, the Florida Bar member search reflects a total of 308 lawyers board certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates. Only five of those attorneys practice primarily in Bradenton. A video from the Florida Bar on Board Certification can be found here: