Certificate of Standing
A Certificate of Standing does the following:
- Confirms your membership and membership standing with the Law Society of Alberta
- States any discipline or competency proceedings pending against you, and the nature of the conduct that is the subject of the proceeding
- States any disciplinary proceedings taken against you
- Provides information on any misappropriation of funds or wrongful conversion of property, and whether any claims are pending before the Law Society
- States whether your right to practise law is subject to restrictions or conditions, and whether or not these are voluntary or imposed by the Law Society
Certificate of Standings can be requested from the Law Society by a lawyer or their designate, and must be in writing.
Once the request and payment are received, a certificate will be issued. Most requests will be processed within five business days during non-peak periods.
Notary letters are commonly required by consulates.
Effective January 1, 2017, the Law Society no longer offers complimentary notary letters to lawyers in Alberta.
Requests for a notary letter must be made in writing to the Law Society of Alberta, and are subject to fees outlined in the Law Society fee schedule.
How to Request a Certificate
To obtain a certificate, contact Membership Services by email or at 403.229.4700 Membership Services.
Certificate of Indemnity
The Certificate of Indemnity acts as proof that the member has professional liability indemnity coverage, subject to the terms of the Group Policy.
Lawyers are able to log into the Lawyer Portal and print off their own Certificate of Insurance for the current year.
Certificates are also available for policy years prior to the 2019/2020 policy year. Anyone requiring a Certificate of Indemnity prior to June 30, 2016 must contact Membership Services at 403.229.4700 or by email.