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Florida Character & Fitness Investigation Attorney

Essential Eligibility Requirements for The Florida Bar

The Board of Bar Examiners looks for evidence of the following qualities in all applicants (Rule 3-10.1 paraphrased):

  1. they know the law and how to apply it;
  2. they know how to logically and correctly analyze legal issues; and,
  3. they show that if their admission is recommended, they:
    1. will meet deadlines;
    2. will communicate honestly and respectfully with peers, the courts, clients and others;
    3. will manage finances ethically and responsibly;
    4. won’t do anything that could or does put anyone in danger;
    5. won’t cheat or steal; and
    6. will obey the laws, orders of the court, and the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Conversely, adverse/disqualifying conduct can route an application for investigative hearing, and in some cases, might be the basis for denial of admission (Rule 3-11):

  1. unlawful conduct;
  2. academic misconduct;
  3. making or procuring any false or misleading statement or omission of relevant information, including any false or misleading statement or omission on the Bar Application, or any amendment, or in any testimony or sworn statement submitted to the Board;
  4. misconduct in employment;
  5. acts involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation;
  6. abuse of legal process;
  7. financial irresponsibility;
  8. neglect of professional obligations;
  9. violation of an order of a court;
  10. evidence of a mental disorder that may impair the ability to practice law;
  11. evidence of a substance use disorder that may impair the ability to practice law;
  12. denial of admission to the bar in another jurisdiction on character and fitness grounds;
  13. disciplinary action by a lawyer disciplinary agency or other professional disciplinary agency of any jurisdiction; or
  14. any other conduct that reflects adversely on the character or fitness of the applicant.

Having one or more of the adverse/disqualifying factors doesn’t automatically mean you’re not going to get admitted to the Florida Bar. The Board looks at the circumstances around the adverse conduct, to give the incident(s) appropriate weight and significance (Rule 3-12):

  1. age at the time of the conduct;
  2. recency of the conduct;
  3. reliability of the information concerning the conduct;
  4. seriousness of the conduct;
  5. factors underlying the conduct;
  6. cumulative effect of the conduct or information;
  7. evidence of rehabilitation;
  8. positive social contributions since the conduct;
  9. candor in the admissions process; and,
  10. materiality of any omissions or misrepresentations.
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I want to provide the highest recommendation to anyone who needs the assistance of an attorney during the process of an investigative hearing with the Florida bar. Elizabeth Conan is truly a professional and is highly skilled in her preparation for her clients. She provided direction for me with instructions and ...

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I hired Elizabeth to represent me in an investigative hearing with the FBBE. At the moment I spoke with her for the first time I knew she was the right attorney for me. First of all, I contacted her in December for a hearing in March and she told me she could not take my case because she already had 7 cases for March...

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I'll be honest. I have been a practicing attorney for 22 years and never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have issues with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners but when that certified letter came, I was devastated. I immediately called and interviewed several attorneys. All were very nice and outlined their plan of attack.

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Navigating the Florida Bar Admissions process was highly stressful as an individual who had "lived" before law school. I am confident I would not have had the same successful outcome had it not been for the help of Ms. Conan. She was efficient, respectful, and knowledgeable in her representation. I highly recommend ...

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I hired Ms. Conan to assist me with an investigative hearing before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. She is an amazing attorney and person. She will be thorough in helping you prepare and in reviewing your history and bar application. My favorite thing about working with Ms. Conan is that she is straightforward ...

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First things first, if you have an investigatory hearing, do not waste any more of your time and call Ms. Conan! I thoroughly researched different attorney’s and spoke to some about my issue. However, when I spoke with Ms. Conan, it could not have been anymore clear that she was the one. I cannot speak on everyone’s ...

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I contacted Ms. Conan when I did not find a way to obtain my bar clearance from a previous issue I had in college. Since the first consultation, I was amazed by her expertise in the field and her patience. Ms. Conan stayed with me on the phone for an hour and was very direct on what I had to do.

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