2022 Practice Fee Set
The Law Society of Alberta has set the 2022 practice fee at $2,340 per active lawyer, the same as in 2021. This number represents a 10 per cent reduction from the 2020 practice fee. This means that the part-time membership fee is $1,170.
In 2021, with the pandemic ongoing, the Law Society continued its focus on recapturing costs. Based on those cost savings and reduced operational costs in 2021, the Law Society’s contingency reserves balance increased, positioning the organization to maintain this reduced annual practice fee in 2022.
Instalment Plan Available
Invoices for 2022 practice fees will become available February 2022. Last year, the Law Society introduced the option of an instalment plan for payment of the practice fee to give lawyers more flexibility around fee payment. By moving fee payment to two equal, annual instalments, lawyers now have the option of spreading their financial obligations through the year rather than paying one lump sum.
If lawyers opt to make instalment payments, the first payment is due on or before March 15, 2022, with the second payment due by Sept. 15, 2022. There will be an additional $50 administrative charge on the March 15 deadline for lawyers who opt to pay their fees in instalments. Lawyers are also welcome to continue paying the entire fee in one lump sum payment by March 15, 2022.
More information regarding practice fees and payment can be found here.