So, how do you think one gets the 'title' Esq.? I just had to be born a male to acquire it
Since this thread has been revived, I will note that in the US, being born male is not conisdered sufficient to use the designation "Esq." For old-fashioned types like me, every adult could not use it, but it was instead an indication that a man had a university degree. For more modern types, it indicates that the person whose name it follows is a lawyer -- and as such it is used in the US by both men AND women! I find it a little odd, but there are thousands of women out there who have no hesitation about calling themselves "Jane Doe, Esq." or "Lulu Roe, Esq." as a way of announcing that they have been admitted to the bar and are part of the legal profession.
EDIT: This has been (very sensibly!) separated from a two-year old thread that reappeared suddenly through an added comment, which explains the reference above to a thread being "revived".