A visiting lawyer who does not meet the requirements of Rules 72.2(1) and (3), or who is disqualified under the economic nexus (Rule 72.3) qualification, must obtain a permit in order to provide legal services in Alberta.

Applying for a Permit

To apply for a permit, you must complete and submit the following documents and fees:

  • Permit Application
  • Permit fee (if applicable)
  • Certificate of Standing from each governing body of which you are a member, dated no longer than 30 days before the date of your application
  • Proof of professional liability insurance and defalcation coverage from a governing body that extends to the visiting lawyer’s practice in Alberta

All forms are to be provided by mail or email to Membership Services.

A permit is effective for one year from the date it was issued. It allows a visiting lawyer to provide legal services for no longer than 100 days in that calendar year, subject to any conditions or restrictions imposed by the Law Society of Alberta (Rule 72.5 and 72.6).