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- Making A Payment
Please make all payments payable to the Law Society of Alberta.
For information on making payments to ALIA, please visit this page.
Payments can be made by:
- Electronic Funds Transfer (Firm Administrator Portal only)
- Online Bill Payment (Lawyer Portal and Firm Administrator Portal)
- Wire Transfer (Form must be completed and submitted to ensure payment is processed. Your financial institution may charge a fee to complete this wire transfer. It is your responsibility to account for additional bank fees and currency exchange rates when remitting your fees to the Law Society)
Note: Confirmation of receipt of payments and payment processing can be found on the Lawyer Portal following completion of payment.
Please note that bank teller payments, direct deposit and bank drafts cannot be accepted, as financial institutions do not provide the Law Society with the appropriate information to associate lawyers’ membership information to their payment.
The Law Society is registered with the major banks:
- Vendor name is the Law Society of Alberta
- Account number is either your member ID number or student ID number
Change Payment Options – Electronic Funds Transfer & Online Bill Payment
Following on the decision in 2018 to remove cheques as a form of payment starting in 2020, the Law Society and ALIA will also be eliminating the option to use credit cards as a form of payment. Starting February 1, 2020, The Law Society will no longer accept payment by cheque or credit card. Payments can be made via online banking or electronic funds transfer (EFT). Setup for electronic funds transfer or online bill payment is a one-time process – please follow the steps below:
Frequently Asked Questions
The Law Society has continued to hold fees flat year-over-year, despite increases in cost and inflation, but to continue to slow the increase of fees will require more decisive action.
The cost to administer credit card transactions for 2019 was more than $750,000 – and that cost is borne by every Alberta lawyer, whether they use credit cards or not. This works out to more than $100 per active and subscribed lawyer.
Additionally, the manual process to include cheques as a form of payment far outweighs their effectiveness. As the Law Society moves to an all digital environment by 2022, continuing the traditional cheque process is no longer effective.
Going forward, payment to the Law Society can be made through your online bank (for individual lawyers) or via electronic funds transfer (for firms/firm administrators).
Unfortunately, our research indicates that it is not possible at this time for the Law Society to charge a convenience fee when using an alternate method of payment to compensate for the merchant banking fees.
Setting up Online Bill Payment is an easy, one-time process. If you’ve ever paid a bill through your online bank, the process is the same – simply record your member ID and invoice number via the Lawyer Portal, certify that you will complete your payment and submit.
Once you have submitted, pay your invoice amount via your online bank and you’re all set.
For support on setting up online payment, contact your financial institution.
You must complete all the EFT steps in the Lawyer/Firm Administrator Portal for this information.
To send an EFT, you must have two pieces of information: the full name of the company (Law Society of Alberta) and the bank account information for the company. The bank account information is provided on the return sheet (reference number) in the Lawyer/Firm Administrator Portal.
Paying by Online Banking/EFT is fast, secure, there are no hidden fees. You only need to set up our banking information once for the Law Society and payments can be made quickly.
It takes approximately one business day for the Law Society to receive an EFT on online bill payment. After logging in to the Lawyer Portal, view your invoice and record your member ID. Make sure to certify that you have made your payment in the Lawyer Portal and that you complete your payment prior to the relevant deadline to avoid suspension.
We strongly encourage you to submit all payments prior to our deadlines to avoid the risk of administrative suspension. For example, if you pay on the March 15 deadline, your payment will not be received until March 16, which may result in an administrative suspension.
Yes. EFT payments are a secure way of sending money. If you have any questions about your banking security, please reach out to your bank.
Each bank has a different way of managing EFTs, so I encourage you to contact your bank to set up EFT payments. In the meantime, I’m happy to help you with any Lawyer/Firm Administrator Portal questions you may have regarding the EFT payment method.
When you are setting up EFT, please ensure you note the payee as the Law Society.
Yes. It’s possible for you to post-date an EFT payment. If you select this method, we encourage you to post-date the payment for two business days prior to our deadline.
11. I’ve been sending the Law Society my payments by cheque for years. What’s wrong with sending cheques?
Like many organizations, we are committed to a digital strategy that is transitioning our paper processes to electronic ones. Processing cheques is a manual paper process that is time and resource intensive. Paying the Law Society electronically is fast, simple and secure.
12. Today’s the deadline for payment. What’s the best method for me to pay so I can avoid an administrative suspension?
It’s best to pay by online banking as soon as possible. Make sure to certify that you have made your payment in the Lawyer Portal and that you complete your payment prior to the relevant deadline to avoid suspension.