2014 Annual Membership Renewal
Alberta lawyers will soon find annual membership fee invoices and Member Information Update Forms in the mail.
The 2014 active membership fee for the Law Society of Alberta is $2,656.50 (GST inclusive). The deadline to pay fees and submit the Member Information Update Form is March 17, 2014.
Frequently Asked Questions
How has the amount of the membership fee changed in comparison to last year?
The annual membership fee is comprised of two components: the practice fee of $2,058.00 (GST inclusive) and the Assurance Fund levy of $598.50 (GST inclusive). The practice fee has increased by $210.00 (or 11.4%) over the previous year. The Assurance Fund levy remains the same as the previous year.
What determines the membership fee?
The annual membership fee is designed to fund the regulatory operations of the Law Society based on the 2014 Business Plan and Budget that is reviewed and approved by the Benchers.
What led to the increase in the 2014 membership fee?
As detailed in the Business Plan and Budget, the Law Society is shifting toward a web-based customer service model, including online self-service transactions for lawyers. To make this transition possible, considerable upgrades are needed to our business processes and systems. This multi-year investment will allow the Law Society to be more cost-effective and provide better service to lawyers and the public.
In 2014, the Law Society is experiencing increasing office rental costs due to the recent expansion of our Calgary office space.
We also have additional costs from a substantial number of hearings.
What if I am an inactive member?
Each inactive member must pay the inactive membership fee of $199.50 (GST inclusive). Inactive members are not required to submit the MIUF.
Have there been any changes to the Member Information Update Form?
Yes, there are a couple notable changes. Instead of receiving a blank form to record business/personal contact information, active lawyers will receive a pre-filled form detailing the business and personal addresses our Membership Department has on file. Please record all changes required on the Member Information Update Form and return this document to the Calgary Law Society office by March 17, 2014.
As part of improving the services we provide the profession, all CPD declarations can now be made online at www.CPDAlberta.ca. The option to declare your CPD Plan on the Member Information Update Form is no longer available.
Please contact Membership Services at 403-229-4781 or 1-800-661-9003 if more information is required.