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Frequently Asked Questions          What is a Certified Family Law Specialist, and should I use one in connection with negotiating my premarital agreement? Answer:  Brian Kramer is a Certified Family Law Specialist, which means he is part of a select group of attorneys in California who practice family law and have been recognized by California's Board of Legal Specialization as being expert in the field.     The State Bar of California's Board of Legal Specialization grants certification status to only a handful of qualified lawyers in the practice of family law.  Certified Family Law Specialists have expertise in all areas of California family law including divorce, annulment, property division, and spousal support.  Of the nearly 200,000 lawyers in California, less than 1,100 have been certified as family law specialists-one-half of 1% of all attorneys in California.  Certified Family Law Specialists are distinguished by substantial experience, successful completion of a demanding specialist's examination, focused continuing legal education, and peer recognition. But why should you hire a Certified Family Law Specialist? In his highly regarded handbook, California Family Law Judge James W. Stewart (Ret.) has this to say: "Certified versus noncertified practitioners. Another difficult question is whether you should limit your list to attorneys certified as specialists in family law by the California State Bar. As a general rule, this is a good idea, at least for three of the four attorneys you interview. Certified specialists have passed a fairly rigorous examination in family law to obtain certification and are required to take a given number of hours of instruction each year to keep their knowledge of the law current." When a person buys real estate or a car in California, the law compels the seller to make detailed disclosures.   But when one gets married -even though it results in one of the most complex legal relationships that a person can get themselves into in California- they get a simple one-page marriage certificate.  Needless to say, that simple one-page marriage contract hardly reveals the complexity of the legal relationships that arises from the act of marriage.  It takes family lawyers years of practice to become familiar with all of the rules and regulations that may be potentially relevant to their clients' situations.   By hiring a CFLS, you have the peace of mind knowing that the California State Bar has specially certified that lawyer as being competent in family law.   Under the law, premarital agreements cannot be cookie-cutter forms.  Effective premarital agreements require the skill of a knowledgeable family law attorney, and when it comes to preparing effective premarital agreements the devil really does lie in the details.