Annual Fee Explanatory Notes

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Payment Options                                             Quick Reference List

Budget Summary

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Overview

By-Law 5 provides that payment of the annual fee is due on January 1 each year and covers the period January 1 to December 31, of the same year. The default period for failure to pay the annual fee is 60 days after January 1. A fee of $100 is charged for late payment of the annual fee if payment is not received by the Law Society within the default period. Failure to pay the annual fee and/or the $100 late payment fee will result in administrative suspension. 

Licensees are invoiced for fees once a year. All licensees are billed at their last known fee paying category. Click here to view the Law Society’s various fee paying statuses and fee categories.

Fee Exemption – 50 years:
The Law Society grants this status to lawyers who have been entitled to practise in Ontario for a continuous period of 50 years. No application is necessary. Eligibility is determined on the 50 year anniversary of a lawyer’s call date.

Fees Exemption Requiring an Application:
Lawyers and paralegals may apply to be exempt from the requirement to pay the Law Society annual fee and submit the Law Society annual report if the standards set out in sections 4(1)-(5) of By-Law 5 and sections 5(3)-(8) of Part II of By-Law 8 are satisfied.
    Who may apply:
    i.    Lawyers and paralegals who are 65 years of age or older and are no longer practising law or providing legal services in Ontario; or     
    ii.   Lawyers and paralegals of any age who are incapacitated and are unable to practise law or provide legal services

Surrender of Licence Requiring an Application:
Lawyers and paralegals who no longer wish to maintain their licence in Ontario may apply to surrender their licence under By-Law 4. Licensees who surrender their licence no longer pay annual membership fees or file annual reports. Once a licence is surrendered, lawyers and paralegals are no longer entitled to practise law or provide legal services as an Ontario lawyer or paralegal.

If your fee category is incorrect then you must submit a status change request through the LSUC Portal’s Change of Information portlet. The Portal must be used to advise the Law Society of any changes and/or corrections to your contact information and/or status. It is the licensee’s responsibility and obligation under By-Law 8 to notify the Law Society immediately of any change in contact information and/or status, along with the effective date. Changes in status or fee category resulting in a change to the amount of the annual fee owing may generate an adjusted fee invoice. 

Section 46 of the Law Society Act and the By-Laws made pursuant to the Law Society Act provide that your licence may be suspended by summary order for failure to pay an annual fee within 60 days after the day on which payment is due and/or failure to pay the late payment fee.

Allocation of Annual Fee for Lawyers:
Portions of the annual fee paid by each lawyer are allotted into the following three funds:
    •    General Fund – maintained by the Law Society for its program delivery and administration – includes a provision for the Law Society’s future capital requirements.
    •    County Law Library Funding – for the operation of the County Law Libraries. LibraryCo. Inc. administers the distribution of these funds and develops policy, priorities, guidelines and standards for the delivery of county law library services across Ontario.
    •    Compensation Fund – The Law Society maintains this fund pursuant to section 51 of the Law Society Act to relieve or mitigate loss sustained by any person in consequence of dishonesty on the part of any lawyer in connection with such lawyer’s law practice or in connection with any trust of which the lawyer was, or is, a trustee.

Allocation of Annual Fee for Paralegals:
Portions of the annual fee paid by each paralegal are allotted into the following funds:
•    General Fund – maintained by the Law Society for its program delivery and administration – includes a provision for the Law Society’s future capital requirements.
•    Compensation Fund – The Law Society maintains this fund pursuant to section 51 of the Law Society Act to relieve or mitigate loss sustained by any person in consequence of dishonesty on the part of any paralegal in connection with such paralegal’s legal services practice or in connection with any trust of which the paralegal was, or is, a trustee.     

If a licensee is suspended for a continuous period of more than 12 months, his or her Law Society licence may be revoked.

If you become entitled to a pro-rata reduction of the annual fee as a result of a change in status, By-Law 5 provides the formulas for calculating the adjustment to the fee.

If you become entitled to a refund as a result of an adjustment, you are required under By-Law 5 to apply to the Law Society to claim your entitlement. In accordance with By-Law 5, applications are to be made prior to year end with respect to the year in which you are claiming an entitlement to a refund. If you do not request a refund but you have a credit on your account due to an adjustment, the credit will be applied to future payments you may owe.

Payment Options

There are five payment options to pay the annual fee:

  1. Cheque/Money Order/Draft

    Payments are to be made payable to the "Law Society of Upper Canada" and must be in Canadian funds and drawn on a Canadian Financial Institution. Your Law Society number must be recorded on the face of the cheque, money order or draft. Payments made in foreign funds will be returned unprocessed. Please note that your cheque/money order/draft payment could take up to 5 business days to be processed. Payments received after the due date will incur a late payment fee and could result in administrative suspension.
     
  2. Credit Card

    To pay by credit card click on the "Pay Now" button in your Portal account to make payment through the Law Society secure website.

  3. Debit Card

    To pay by debit card, visit the Membership Services window located on the first floor of Osgoode Hall. Payment by debit card must be made in person at the Client Service Centre.

  4. Internet/Telephone Banking

    Licensees may add their Law Society Annual Fees to their personal list of bills payable through their own financial institution’s internet and telephone banking services. Please use your Law Society number as the account number when registering with your financial institution.

    Please note that your payment could take up to 5 business days to be deposited into our bank account. Payment received from a financial institution via internet/telephone banking after the due date will incur a late payment fee and could result in administrative suspension.

  5. Pre-Authorized Payment Plans

    The Law Society now offers two pre-authorized payment plan options: 1) Pre-Authorized Monthly Payment plan and 2) Pre-Authorized Annual Payment plan.

    To enroll in either of these plans you can complete your application online through your LSUC Portal account.

    Pre-Authorized Monthly Payment Plan

    An administration fee will be charged for this option. Participants who are already enrolled in the Pre-Authorized Monthly Payment plan will continue on the plan until they withdraw from the plan by accessing PAP in their LSUC Portal account. They do not need to complete another authorization. Beginning in 2016 the monthly Pre-Authorized Monthly Payment Plan will consist of ten (10) monthly withdrawals from a Canadian Financial Institution. Withdrawals will commence on March 7, 2016 and continue on the 5th business day of each month through to December 2016.

    Pre-Authorized Annual Payment Plan

    Beginning with the 2016 fee year the Law Society is offering a Pre-Authorized Annual Payment plan. There is no administration fee for this payment option. To enroll in this plan you can complete your application online through your LSUC Portal account. Once enrolled, you will continue on the plan until you withdraw from the plan by accessing PAP in your LSUC Portal account. You do not need to complete another authorization.

    Returned Cheques/Rejected Withdrawals

    Cheques or pre-authorized withdrawals not honoured by the financial institution (NSF, stop payment, etc.) will result in an administrative charge for each item. Each returned cheque or rejected withdrawal will require immediate payment, including the administrative charge, by certified cheque, draft, money order or credit card. Failure to replace a returned cheque or rejected withdrawal will result in administrative suspension without further notice.

    Licensees enrolled in the Pre-Authorized Monthly Payment Plan who have two rejected withdrawals will no longer be eligible for the plan and will be required to remit payment for full fees immediately.

Quick Reference List

To make any changes to your status and/or contact information, please use “Change of Information” in the LSUC Portal.

Adjustments to invoices, refund requests, telephone, fax, or mailing information, annual fee suspensions, and reinstatements:
Email: records@lsuc.on.ca
Tel: 416-947-3315
Toll Free: 1-800-668-7380 Ext. 3315
Fax: 416-947-3924

Surrender of Licence: Licensees are able to surrender their licence with outstanding fees owing; however, filings must be up to date to apply.
Email: lsforms@lsuc.on.ca
Tel: 416-947-3315
Toll Free: 1-800-668-7380 Ext. 3315
Fax: 416-947-5260

Exemption from requirement to pay the annual fee and submit the annual report: Licensee’s fees and filings must be up to date to apply.
Email: bylawadmin@lsuc.on.ca
Tel: 416-947-3315
Toll Free: 1-800-668-7380 Ext. 3315
Fax: 416-947-3408

Account and Payment Information:
Email: accounts@lsuc.on.ca
Tel: 416-947-5201
Toll Free: 1-800-668-7380 Ext. 5201
Fax: 416-947-3305

Pre-Authorized Payment Plan (PAP) Inquiries:
Email: pap@lsuc.on.ca