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Cutler-Smith, PC is proud to announce that Spike Cutler, Garrin Fant and Karen Ensley are now Texas Board Certified attorneys in the area of Construction Law

February 7, 2017

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Board Certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguishing accomplishment – one that roughly 10% of Texas attorneys claim. Today, Cutler-Smith, PC is proud to announce that Spike Cutler, Garrin Fant and Karen Ensley are now Texas Board Certified attorneys in the area of Construction Law. http://www.tbls.org/. Congratulations Spike, Garrin and Karen!

Texas Board of Legal Specialization

February 1, 2017

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We are proud to announce that Sewall C. (Spike) Cutler, Jr., Garrin B. Fant, and Karen Ensley have completed all necessary requirements and are now recognized as Board Certified in Construction Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In 2016, the Texas Supreme Court approved construction law as the newest specialty area. To be eligible for certification, an attorney must have five years of experience practicing law, with a minimum of three years experience in the specialty area. It requires an ongoing involvement in the specialty area which is periodically substantiated with references from peers in that field. It also requires annual professional refreshment through TBLS approved, continuing legal education course work to stay abreast of current trends in law.

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is one of the largest board certification programs in the nation. Board Certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguishing accomplishment. Within the Texas legal community, Board Certification means an attorney has substantial, relevant experience in a select field of law as well as demonstrated, and tested, special competence in that area of law. The attorney certification process is governed by the Texas Plan for Recognition and Regulation of Specialization in the Law. Upon meeting all qualifications and passing the examination, an attorney is considered Board Certified and is conferred a Certificate of Special Competence in a specialty area of law.

New I-9 Form for Employment Eligibility Verification

January 31, 2017

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective January 20, 2017, all employers must use the new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification for new hires. Although much of the information is the same but formatted differently, a few changes should be noted:

The new form:

  • Is easier to complete electronically;
  • Replaces “other names used” in Section 1 with “other last names used” to better verify some foreign nationals.
  • Includes the ability to enter multiple preparers and translators.
  • Includes a dedicated area for including additional information.
  • Provides a supplemental page for prepare/translator; and
  • Carries over a box for the citizenship/immigration status into Section 2.

Employers have the option of making changes or updates to an employee’s old form or using the new form. The new form will be in effect until August, 2019.

Click Here to view the new form