Certified Paralegal Questions

  1. How do I maintain my certification annually?
  2. Where can I find TBLS approved continuing legal education (CLE) courses to fulfill the recertification requirement?
  3. How can I change my name or contact information with TBLS?
  4. What will happen to my certification if I relocate my office out of Texas?
  5. Do I need to disclose to TBLS if I have had discipline proceedings, malpractice lawsuits, court sanctions, and/or criminal matters?
  6. Can I order duplicate certificates?

Q1. How do I maintain my certification annually?

TBLS requires all Board Certified Paralegals to report annual substantial involvement percentages and pay annual fees. Paralegals are mailed a form for reporting the annual information and paying the fees. Every Board Certified Paralegal must complete the annual process each year. For current fees and deadlines, see the fee schedule.

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Q2. Where can I find TBLS approved continuing legal education (CLE) courses to fulfill the recertification requirements?

TBLS reviews hundreds of CLE courses for specialization approval and updates our database daily with course approval information. You can now access TBLS CLE information on-line at "TBLS Paralegal Approved CLE Course Search" for upcoming TBLS approved CLE courses in your specialty area(s).

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Q3. How can I change my name or contact information with TBLS?

Please contact Molly Galvez, Certification Analyst, with changes to your contact information. Call 512-453-7266, ext. 102, or send by fax to 512-427-4379.

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Q4. What will happen to my certification if I relocate my offices out of Texas?

Each case is reviewed by the TBLS. All Board Certified Paralegals and recertification applicants must continue to meet the substantial involvement requirements pertinent to each applicable specialty area whether or not an office is maintained in Texas. The substantial involvement requirements are found in the Specific Area Requirements.

(Standards for Paralegal Certification)

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Q5. Do I need to disclose to TBLS if I have had discipline proceedings, malpractice law suits, court sanctions, and/or criminal matters?

Yes, Board Certified Paralegals have a continuing duty to disclose the following matters at any time during the certification period: (i) any sanction(s) imposed against the Board Certified Paralegal (i.e., disbarment, resignation, suspension, reprimand [private or public], order of rehabilitation, or referral to the Professional Enhancement Program of the State Bar of Texas); (ii) a criminal indictment or information filed against the Board Certified Paralegal for a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or other serious crime. (iii) a conviction of (including probation or deferred adjudication), or fine, for a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or other serious crime as defined in the Paralegal Standards - General Requirements, Section YYY, EEE, 000; (iv) a suit for legal malpractice or other private civil action alleging attorney misconduct that has been CONCLUDED (by settlement, dismissal, or judgment) for or against the Board Certified Paralegal, or (v) a finding of inadequate representation made against the Board Certified attorney in a criminal case. All such matters must be reported to TBLS within 30-days after the initiation of such proceedings or imposition of sanction or judgment, as appropriate.

Report these matters to Odessa Bradshaw, Associate Executive Director.

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Q6. Can I order duplicate certificates?

Yes, call the TBLS at 1-855-277-TBLS(8257)or at 512-453-7266, or FAX your request to 512-453-7220, or e-mail TBLS.

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