While all lawyers are allowed to advertise, only certified attorneys are allowed to identify themselves as "Florida Bar Board Certified", as a "specialist" or "expert". 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. Every lawyer certified in elder law has practiced law on a full-time basis for at least five years. To be certified, the lawyer is required to have substantial involvement in all aspects of planning for aging, illness and incapacity. Each certified lawyer has passed peer review, completed 60 hours of continuing legal education and has passed a written examination demonstrating knowledge, skills and proficiency in the field of elder law to justify the representation of special competence.