In most states, attorneys in good standing are defined as: "those persons licensed to practice law who have paid annual state bar association membership dues for the current year and who are not retired, resigned, delinquent, inactive, or suspended members of the state bar association." The basic qualifications for attorneys to be certified in real estate law are pretty standard nationwide. For example, the Florida Bar Association requires that every attorney certified in real estate law must have practiced law for at least five years, with 40 percent or more of his or her time spent in the practice of real estate law during the three years immediately preceding application for certification. In addition, attorneys applying for certification must have passed a peer review, completed 45 hours of continuing legal education within the three years immediately preceding the application, and passed a written examination.
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