State Bar launches new system for group payments
Law firms and agencies may now pay annual State Bar fees via a new online Agency Billing application. The application went live Dec. 14. Fee payments for all attorneys are due March 1.
Firms and agencies may create a group account and select the attorneys in the group. The application prepopulates default fees, including section memberships and recommended donations, which can be adjusted at the individual or firm level.
Agency Billing makes it easier than ever for law firms and other agencies to help make the justice system available to everyone. When paying your agency’s bill, please consider making a contribution in support of legal services for low income Californians. Your support is a lifeline that can help prevent homelessness, keep kids in school, protect elders from fraud and abuse, and connect veterans to services, among other critical legal assistance.
Payments may be made online or via check.
For more information, refer to the Agency Billing User Guide. For further questions, email the State Bar at AgencyBilling@calbar.ca.gov or call 888-800-3400.
As a reminder, paper billing statements will not be sent to attorneys. Instead, statements will only be available online via My State Bar Profile.
Note that the deadline for fee payments as well as reporting MCLE compliance online (for those attorneys in Group 3 whose last names start with N through Z) was moved from Feb. 1 to March 1 for 2017.
The Statement of Expenditures of Mandatory Membership Fees includes an audited review of how attorney’s fees are spent.
In addition, there is an explanation about the voluntary deductions to fees and the procedures for arbitration under Keller v. State Bar of California, 496 U.S. 1 (1990).
A copy also may be obtained by writing to: Office of the Secretary, The State Bar of California, 180 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105.