ATTORNEY REINSTATEMENT / READMISSION
Whether you were suspended or disbarred, certain minimum conditions of character & fitness must be met before you can be reinstated to practice. Even then reinstatement or readmission after suspension or disbarment is hardly a given. This is especially the case for the disbarred attorney since the attitude of the Florida Supreme Court is becoming more and more a “zero tolerance” policy in readmitting attorneys.
Prior to applying for reinstatement or readmission, prudence demands that thorough consideration be given to the underlying conduct and also to responses to issues that must be addressed in the reinstatement/readmission process. This is where having an attorney, like Richard B. Marx, Esq., who has focused exclusively in this area of law for more than 25 years can make a difference. In many instances it will be the difference between practicing law again and finding a new career.
Typically suspensions run from 10 days to 3 years. A suspension of 90 days or less is known as a non-rehabilitative suspension and the suspended lawyer is automatically allowed to resume the practice of law once the time period has elapsed. A suspension of more than 90 days requires that the suspended lawyer go through a reinstatement process with the Florida Bar.
Lawyer Readmission / Reinstatement
If you have resigned or have been disbarred, typically you must wait a minimum of 5 years before you can seek readmission with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.
In either case, completing the requirements set forth in the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar (Reinstatement) or the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar (Readmission) is not enough. An attorney must convince the Florida Bar or the Florida Board of Bar Examiners of their ability to uphold high ethical standards and professional conduct in the legal profession and in their everyday lives. This requires the applicant have significant guidance and preparation, in fact such guidance and preparation is crucial to being readmitted or reinstated. It is extremely difficult to be reinstated without such guidance and preparation, and readmission without such guidance and preparation is almost impossible.
If you want to become a practicing lawyer again, speak with a competent and qualified Florida Bar admissions attorney like Richard B. Marx, Esq., and get the legal advice and representation you need to make that possible. Richard B. Marx, Esq. can help you get started in the right direction and help you get your license back.