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Annual fees for 2018-2019: Due by June 30, 2018

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At its meeting on April 27, Council approved the Society’s Operating and Capital Budgets for 2018-2019, and set the fees necessary for the membership year beginning July 1, 2018. Invoices and notices of Preauthorized Payment amounts will be sent to lawyers and firms in early May. The 2018-19 SCHEDULE A: Society Fees and Assessments, with full details for 2018-2019, is now available on the website.

The Practising Fees required to balance the Society’s operating budget would be $2,477 (17-18 $2,627), but a fee credit of $77 (17-18 $220) (paid from Lawyers’ Fund for Client Compensation [LFCC] reserves) will be applied, bringing the net Practising Fee to $2,400 plus HST (17-18 $2,607). This is a reduction in the net Practising Fee from the previous year.

The special assessment levied for the previous year has allowed the Society to replenish operating reserves to an appropriate level and therefore, no assessment is required for 2018/19.

Non-Practising Fees for 2018-19:

  • Non-practising members: $300 + HST (no change from 17-18)
  • Retired members: $50 + HST (no change from 17-18)

Budget highlights

The budget for 2018-19 reflects the Society’s continued focus on meeting its Regulatory Objectives and a “Triple-P” (proactive, principled and proportionate) approach to legal services support and regulation. Following a significant organizational redesign during the 2017-18 fiscal year, the budget includes resources focused on building internal knowledge and expertise within the Society. This year represents the second year of a multi-year budgeting approach, which focuses on the strategic directions set by Council and attempts to increase transparency in decision making and planning.

As part of its budget process, the Society has also created a one-page summary to provide a snapshot of fee history over the past few years.

LIANS

For the Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia (LIANS), the full cost of insurance would be $2,256 (17-18 $2,119) but a credit of $261 (17-18 $244) reduces the net amount to $1,995 (17-18 $1,875) for lawyers in private practice. This translates to $998 (17-18 $938) for lawyers practising with the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission and Dalhousie Legal Aid Service, and $350 (17-18 $350) for lawyers employed in the civil service of the Province of Nova Scotia[1].

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Credit card payments

Practising lawyers are able pay the full amount of the Practising Fee by June 30 by credit card, provided they pay an administrative fee of $80 plus HST ($60 to NSBS; $20 to LIANS). This can be paid through the Member Login area of the NSBS website or by contacting reception at the Society’s offices.

Monthly payment plan option

For those who choose the Preauthorized Payment (PAP) Plan option for fees, the first draw on June 20, 2018 will be for two months and an administrative charge (total $934.38). Each additional monthly payment of ($421.19) will be drawn on the 20th of each month with last payment on April 20, 2019. (No payment during May 2019.) Please note that in order to be considered for PAP, all new requests must be received by the office prior to June 18 for processing. Lawyers already set up on PAP do not need to reapply.

If you have any questions, please contact Sean Walker, Director, Finance & Administration, at 902 422 1491 or swalker@nsbs.org.


[1] For lawyers employed in the civil service of the Province of Nova Scotia and not including members employed by provincial government agencies, commissions or corporations, or employed as counsel for municipalities within the province.