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For undiscriminating members of the public, there’s no easy way of telling how good — or bad — a residential real estate lawyer really is.

But for those attorneys willing to put in the time and money, the ability to ethically distinguish themselves, in advertisements, from their less-experienced competitors may soon be forthcoming. On June 12, the Connecticut Bar Association’s Real Property Section is set to unveil to the CBA’s House of Delegates its initial plan to develop a formal certification program. Those who successfully completed such a program would be able to tout themselves as specialists, a benefit they are now prohibited from doing under attorney ethics rules.

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