Information Regarding Fees & Reporting

State Bar membership fees are assessed on an annual basis following our fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) of each year.

Fees

Admitted less than one year $100
Admitted one to three years $200
Admitted over three years $250
Inactive members $100
Inactive 70+ members $0

Any person first admitted to practice law after the 1st day of May of any year shall not be liable for the payment of membership fees until the 1st day of the next July.

Penalties

  • Payment Late Fee – $25
    On the 1st day of September of each year, a penalty of $25.00 shall be added to all delinquent active membership fees. On or after this date, the executive director shall notify all members in default in the payment of membership fees of their delinquency and that the penalty has attached. Such notice may be given by United States mail, addressed to such member at his or her last known post-office address.
  • Financial Responsibility Disclosure (FRD) Late Fee – $25
    After the first day of September of each year, a penalty of $25 shall be assessed to any active lawyer who has not complied with this By-Law. On or after this date, the Executive Director shall notify all members in non-compliance of their delinquency and that the penalty has attached. Such notice shall be given by United States mail addressed to such member at his or her last known post office address.
  • IOLTA Late Fee – $200

Non-Compliance

After the first day of September of each year, a penalty of $25 shall be assessed to any active lawyer who has not complied with this By-Law. On or after this date, the Executive Director shall notify all members in non-compliance of their delinquency and that the penalty has attached. Such notice shall be given by United States mail addressed to such member at his or her last known post office address.

Suspension

If an active member fails to disclose by sixty days after the date of mailing the notice provided in the preceding Section (4), he or she shall be automatically suspended from active membership in the State Bar and shall not further engage in the practice of law until he or she has been reinstated. The Executive Director shall give notice of such suspension to the judges of the courts of record of the judicial circuit in which such non-compliant member principally practices, the Clerk of the Supreme Court of Appeals and such other courts, clerks, tribunals or bodies-judicial, administrative or executive-as the Board of Governors may designate, and it shall be the duty of said judges, courts, clerks, tribunals and bodies as are so notified to refuse and deny to such member the privilege of appearing and practicing in said courts, tribunals and bodies until such time as such member shall have been reinstated as an active member. Written notice of such suspension shall be given to. such non-compliant member and 13 service thereof shall be completed upon mailing the same addressed to such non-compliant member at his or her last address appearing upon the records of the State Bar.

Reinstatement

Whenever a member suspended solely for non-compliance with disclosure shall have paid all penalties and shall have shown that the member is in compliance with the disclosure requirements and pertinent CLE rules and requirements, he or she shall be automatically reinstated and the Executive Director shall thereupon give notice thereof to the judges, courts, clerks, tribunals and bodies to which notice has been given of the suspension of such member for the non-compliance with disclosure. In addition to the $25 penalty authorized by Article III (A) Section 4, a penalty of $75 shall be added to the fees owed by all members who are suspended for the non-compliance with disclosure.