What does the State Bar require to certify an attorney as a specialist? A Certified Specialist is more taht an attorney who specializes in a particular area of law. Technically, an attorney cannot refer to themself as a specialist unless they are certified by the State Bar. A California attorney who is certified by the State Bar as a Taxation Law Specialist must have (pursuant to the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization):
- Taken and passed a written examination in Taxation Law;
- Demonstrated a high level of experience in Taxation Law;
- Fulfilled ongoing education requirements;
- Been favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with her or his work.
- Help you plan your personal and business activities to reduce income taxes, property taxes, and death taxes;
- Protect your rights by representing you in tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service, the Franchise Tax Board, or State Board of Equalization;
- Reduce tax problems by planning your estate and advise you on your retirement benefits and life insurance;
- Show you how to make title to your home and how to transfer real estate or other property without unnecessary income or death taxes;
- Assist you with complicated business transactions such as partnerships, corporate tax planning, and business sales.