Sunday, June 6, 2010

Do You Need a Tax Lawyer That is A Certified Tax Specialist?

Why would you need a tax lawyer that you hire to be a Certified Tax Specialist?  The State Bar of California certifies attorneys as Tax Specialists who have demonstrated proficiency in the specialized field of tax law.  The specialist program with the State Bar for tax law encourages the maintenance and improvement of attorney competence in the field of tax law.

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.
What can a Certified Specialist do for you? 
  • 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.
"Whether your situation is simple or complex, you should consider hiring an attorney who specializes in Taxation Law and who is committed through certification to maintaining her or his proficiency through continual practice and continuing education." (The State Bar of California).


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