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Fugate gains recertification

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By The Staff

Norm D. Fugate recently obtained re-certification as a Board Certified City, County and Local Government Law Attorney.

Board certification recognizes attorneys' special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice.

Fugate is one of 178 Florida lawyers whom The Florida Bar has certified as specialists in this particular area of law. Fugate is the only board certified attorney in Levy County. Fugate is also board certified in the area of Real Estate Law.

Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.

Attorneys who become board certified also are evaluated as to their character, ethics and reputation for professionalism in the practice of law.

Board certified lawyers are legal experts dedicated to professional excellence. Board certified attorneys are the only Florida lawyers allowed to identify or advertise themselves as specialists or as experts.

Florida currently offers 22 specialty areas of practice for which board certification is available. Attorneys who are board certified in City, County and Local Government Law are specialists in the practice of law dealing with legal issues of county, municipal or other local governments.

Board certification is valid for five years, during which time the attorney must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses. To be re-certified, lawyers must meet requirements similar to those for initial certification. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken the extra step to have their competence and experience recognized.

Fugate currently serves as attorney for the cities of Chiefland and Williston and for the town of Inglis. "While it is my philosophy to use a common sense approach in giving legal advice, I believe it is important for our local governments to have an adviser who has an in-depth understanding of issues such as the Sunshine Law, comprehensive planning, zoning, public employee unions and municipal separation of powers", Fugate said, "I think the governing bodies of Chiefland, Inglis and Williston are very wise to retain the services of a lawyer who has expertise in the various nuances of local government law in Florida."