Applying to Become an Inactive Member

If you wish to remain a member of the Law Society of Alberta but do not want to practise law, you may apply to become an inactive member. If you are a former member, you must first apply for reinstatement.

Apply for inactive membership status by submitting:

Please send the information by mail or email to Membership Services.

If you are an active member, do not include the inactive membership fee with your application. The inactive membership fee may be deducted from the active membership fee you previously paid. You may be eligible to receive a pro-rated refund of your active membership fee. Contact Membership Services for more information.

Additional Information

Inactive Membership Status

As an inactive member, you will continue to receive Law Society materials and you are entitled to act as a Notary Public. You are not eligible for nomination for Bencher, nor are you eligible to vote in the Bencher election. You are not entitled to practise law.

Withdrawal from Practice

If you are closing your practice, you are required to notify the Law Society of the disposition of your client files. This information is requested on the inactive membership form.

If your law firm’s trust account and financial records are closed, you must submit a final Law Firm Self-Report and final Accountant’s Report. For more information about closing your trust account, please see Part 5 of the Rules.

Returning to Active Status

If you have inactive status and wish to return to active status, you must apply for reinstatement.

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