Annual Fee Billing and Member Information Update Form are in the Mail
Lawyers can expect to receive their 2012 annual fee invoices and Member Information Update Forms in the mail shortly.
Please note the fees are unchanged from 2011.
Each active member must pay the annual active fee as well as the assurance fund levy. In addition, active members must complete and submit the Member Information Update Form.
Each active member must pay the active membership fee in the amount of $2,383.50 (includes the active fee of $1,785.00 and the assurance fund levy of $598.50; all amounts include GST).
Each inactive member must pay the inactive membership fee in the amount of $189.00 (includes GST). Inactive members are not required to submit the Member Information Update Form.
The deadline for payment of fees and submitting the Member Information Update Form is March 15, 2012.
Pursuant to Rule 164.1, a $100 penalty will be charged if the form is not received by March 15, 2012. We are unable to issue your membership card until we receive the late penalty and the form in our Calgary office.
Purposes of the Membership Information Update Form
There are several purposes of the Membership Information Update Form.
- Member Information: Pursuant to Rule 164.1, each active lawyer must complete both sides of this form and ensure that the form is received in the Calgary office by March 15, 2012. The information from this form helps the Law Society to maintain accurate and up-to-date information regarding lawyers.
- CPD Program Declaration: Before or on March 15, 2012, you must declare to the Law Society that you have made your 2012 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Plan online at www.CPDAlberta.ca OR on your Membership Information Update Form. If you have declared online, you are not required to declare on your Membership Information Update Form.
- Demographics: The Law Society collects statistics on the composition of the profession to better understand demographic and practice trends. This information will inform the development of policies and programs to promote access to justice by enhancing legal services provided by and for all the diverse communities in Alberta.
- Pro Bono Hours: The form also allows the Law Society to better understand the extent of pro bono practice in Alberta. Pro bono legal services are free legal services delivered to clients of limited means without the expectation of a fee.
If you have any questions about your fee invoice or the Member Information Update Form, please contact Membership Services at 403-229-4781 (toll free 1-800-661-9003) or email@example.com.