Steps to opening a practice in Nova Scotia

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

1. Determine the type of firm you will be opening:

2. Review the New Practice Checklist (for information to assist you in completing steps 3-5 below).
3. Complete a change of address/practice form.
4. Complete the requirements to open a trust account:
5. Complete the Management System for Ethical Legal Practice (MSELP) Self-assessment tool and/or workbook.
6. Complete the items listed on the New Practice Checklist.

SECTION A - LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP

1. Review Part 7 of the Legal Profession Act Regulations.
2. Review LLP Application Procedures.
3. Submit LLP Application Form to the Society together with the applicable fee.
4. Receive approval and certification from the Society.
5. Return to the “General Instructions” above and complete steps 2-6.

Please note that upon approval and certification from the Society, you must also do the following:

1. Notify the Society within 15 days of any changes to the LLP.
2. Renew the registration annually with the Society (as per reg. 7.4.13) and submit the applicable fee.

SECTION B - LAW CORPORATION

1. Review Part 7 of the Legal Profession Act Regulations.
2. Ensure the intended name of your corporation complies with regulations 7.5.10, 7.5.11 and 7.5.12.
3. Review the Law Corporation Procedures.
4. Apply to the Society for a permit using the Application for a Law Corporation Permit and provide the fee.
5. Obtain permit from the Society.
6. Return to the “General Instructions” above and complete steps 2-6.

Please note that upon approval and certification from the Society, you must also do the following:

1. Notify the Society of any changes in the Corporation within 15 days.
2. Renew permit annually with the Society by using the Application for Renewal and Annual Statement of Particulars form and submitting the applicable fee.