Florida lawyers could still use the “Esquire” honorific in their twilight years, but they would have to indicate their retired status under a proposed amendment to Bar Rule 1-3.5 (Retirement).

The Board of Governors will weigh the proposed amendment on first reading at an October 1 meeting. A final recommendation is not expected until later this year and the Supreme Court will have final say.

Bar member inquiries about the appropriateness of using “Esquire,” or “Member, Florida Bar,” or similar indicia post-retirement prompted the Rules Committee proposal, according to a staff analysis.