A lawyer (or lawyers) may apply to the Law Society of Alberta to obtain a permit to practise law as a Professional Corporation.
The incorporation of a professional corporation with the Law Society of Alberta involves three main steps:
The proposed Articles of Incorporation must meet the following requirements:
Your Professional Corporation should include statements similar to the following with respect to restrictions and liability of the shareholder(s):
Restrictions, if any, on the business the corporation may carry on:
None, but for greater certainty and without restricting the business which the corporation may carry on, the Corporation shall have the following objects:
a) to engage in every phase and aspect of rendering the same service to the public that a lawyer, being a member of The Law Society of Alberta, is authorized to render;
b) to purchase or otherwise acquire and to own, mortgage, pledge, sell, assign, transfer or otherwise dispose of, and to invest in, deal in and with, real and personal property necessary for the rendering of the services of a lawyer;
c) to contract debts and borrow money, issue and sell or pledge bonds, debentures, notes and other evidences of indebtedness and execute such mortgages, transfers of corporate property or other instruments to secure the payment of corporate indebtedness as required; and
d) to enter into partnership, consolidate or merge with or purchase the assets of another corporation or individual rendering the same professional services.
Other provisions, if any:
The liability of the shareholder(s) is limited as provided in the Business Corporations Act except in the circumstances described in section 133 of the Legal Profession Act, which reads as follows:
133(1) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Business Corporations Act, every person who is a voting shareholder of a corporation during the time that it is the holder of a permit or of a corporation during the time that it acts in contravention of section 106(1) is liable to the same extent and in the same manner as if the voting shareholders of the corporation were during that time carrying on the business of the corporation as a partnership or, if there is only one voting shareholder, as an individual practicing as a barrister and solicitor
Complete and return a copy of:
Please send the information by fax, mail or email to Membership Services.
Please visit www.servicealberta.gov.ab.ca/Corporate_Registries.cfm for more information.
Once articles have been approved by the Law Society and the corporation has been successfully registered with the Corporate Registry Services office, you may apply for a permit to practise as a professional corporation. You may not provide legal services through a professional corporation until the Law Society has issued a permit.
Complete and submit the following:
Once the required documents are provided, a permit will be issued and sent to you.
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A professional corporation must be renewed each year by December 31.
The Application For Renewal Form and invoice for the renewal fee is available through the Lawyer Portal.
Once your renewal documents have been processed, the Law Society will issue a permit.
The Registrar of Corporations will be notified if the Professional Corporation fails to renew its permit with the Law Society of Alberta.
For more information, contact Membership Services.
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