Fee StatementS

New online billing system for 2017

The State Bar will launch a new online billing and payment application for 2017 fees. Paper billing statements will not be sent to attorneys. Instead, statements will be available online through My State Bar Profile.

Fee payments are due March 1, 2017

Single payments
Individual attorneys will continue to be able to make payments online through My State Bar Profile. Attorneys should make sure that the email they have provided for communications from the State Bar is up to date.

Group payments
Law firms and agencies will be able to use the State Bar’s new Agency Billing system where they can calculate billing costs and make payments for a group of attorneys.    
Once an attorney’s fees are paid, a paper bar card will be conveniently available for download through My State Bar Profile. Plastic bar cards will still be made available, but only upon request and can also be ordered through My State Bar Profile.
The online billing system makes it easier than ever for individual attorneys and agencies to help make the justice system available to everyone. When paying your bill, please consider making a contribution in support of legal services for low income Californians. Your support is a lifeline that can help prevent homelessness, keep kids in school, protect elders from fraud and abuse and connect veterans to services, among other critical legal assistance.  
It is anticipated that the online agency and billing application will be available through the State Bar’s website by Dec. 7. 
Go to www.calbar.ca.gov for more information, or contact Member Records and Compliance at 888-800-3400.

About My State Bar Profile

My State Bar Profile

Take a moment to establish personal access to State Bar services online. Your access code appears on your fee statement, to the right of your name and address, below the State Bar seal.

From the State Bar website go to Member Services and set up your My State Bar Profile. If you've already set up a profile, your access code will not appear.

If you are a first-time user, you will need the access code that appears on your fee statement. Once you establish a profile, you can update your address, phone numbers and e-mail online. Calculate your MCLE requirements and comply online for free.

NOTE: California Rules of Court 9.7 now requires you to provide an e-mail address for State Bar communications and to use My State Bar Profile when changing your contact information

Law firm managers: If you have collected your firm's fee statements, please provide lawyers with their access codes and encourage them to set up their own profiles.

Information About Donations

  • Justice Gap Fund
    Make a difference

    Contribute to the new Justice Gap Fund. Increase access to justice. Help those with limited means get legal services. And in the face of a growing unmet need for such services, fulfill your professional responsibility to assist those who cannot afford legal help.

    Contributions to the fund will be distributed to legal services programs that serve California’s poor and will go toward programs that:

    • provide legal assistance to vulnerable clients, such as victims of domestic violence and elder abuse;
    • help to keep families intact by avoiding homelessness and establishing guardianships, and;
    • ensure that low-income children receive needed health care and special education services.

    Contributions are tax-exempt to the fullest extent of the law and recipients are 501(c)(3) nonprofit legal services organizations.

  • Sections
    Networking, special discounts

    Join a State Bar Section now. Join 65,000 other California attorneys by enrolling or renewing your membership in any of the State Bar's 16 sections.

    More than a third of State Bar members now take advantage of this opportunity to exchange ideas and information in special areas of the law, from antitrust to workers' comp, and in special-interest areas such as solo and small firm, and law practice management and technology.

    See your fee statement for a complete list of the sections. If you already belong, those sections are clearly marked and you can easily continue your membership by entering the total payment.

    If you are interested in joining new or additional sections, just mark them and tally the total. All of these sections are voluntary and are not supported by State Bar dues. Benefits of section membership include:

    • Special discounts on CLE seminars
    • Your section membership displayed on your public member record online
    • Networking opportunities

    It also enables the sections to provide their services and benefits exclusively for their members.

  • California Bar Foundation
    Building a Better Justice System

    As the philanthropic center of California's legal profession, the California Bar Foundation invests in the next generation of lawyers and promotes access to justice.

    Your financial gift enables the foundation to fulfill its critical mission. Since 1990, the foundation has:

    • Supported law students from diverse backgrounds and those committed to practicing in the public interest with nearly $4 million in scholarships
    • Funded critical statewide legal services, enabled creative court programming and invested in innovative educational initiatives with over $6 million in grants

    Make a tax-deductible financial gift to your California Bar Foundation today.

    • Check the box on your Annual Fee Statement.
    • Give online at our giving page.
    • Send a check to:

    • California Bar Foundation
      180 Howard St.
      San Francisco, California 94105

    Learn more about how your California Bar Foundation is building a better justice system for all Californians.

  • California Supreme Court Historical Society
    Legal history, preservation

    The mission of the California Supreme Court Historical Society is twofold: preserving the rich legal history of our state and broadening public understanding of, and appreciation for, the contributions of courts and attorneys to California’s history.

    The Society works to carry out its mission in several different ways. For example, during the past two years the Society:

    • Commissioned a University of California historian to prepare an oral history of recently-retired Chief Justice Ronald M. George
    • Partnered with the Northern District of California Historical Society to present “Chief Justice David Terry and Federalism,” a program featuring seven judges from both state and federal courts in dramatic readings from the life of David Terry, a colorful and controversial man who served as Chief Justice of California in the turbulent 1850s
    • Co-sponsored a program on the history and future of the citizen initiative in California
    • Co-sponsored a program at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Law celebrating the contributions of African American appellate court justices in California
    • Conducted two writing competitions, open to students in law schools and graduate schools, and published the winning essays in California Legal History, the Society's highly regarded annual journal

    The Society receives no financial support from the State Bar or government at any level. It relies for nearly all of its revenue on donations from individual lawyers and judges. These donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

  • Conference of California Bar Associations
    Independent debate, resolutions
    calconference.org or email: ExecDir@calconference.org

    Continue the long tradition of lawyer debate in the legislative process. Consider making a donation to the independent Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations.

    Each year, local and specialty bars from throughout the state sponsor more than 100 resolutions for debate on the conference floor.

    In the past four years, more than 25 of these resolutions have become state law. Maintain this vital function: Mark your suggested contribution of $35 or more on your Annual Fee Statement.

    The independent CDCBA is not part of The State Bar of California and receives no bar funding. Contributions are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions, but the portion not allocated for legislative lobbying expenses may be deducted as an ordinary and necessary business expense.

Member Resources

CalBar Connect
Use CalBar Connect to access discounts and exclusive programs, including several group insurance programs designed to serve the needs of attorneys. Your purchases through CalBar Connect bolster member services and keep membership fees low.

Ethics Hotline
This confidential research service (for attorneys only) can help you identify and analyze your professional responsibilities.You can reach the hotline staff from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays by calling 800-238-4427 (or 415-538-2150 from outside California).

Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP)
Are you struggling with a substance abuse problem, mental health issue or career crisis? The LAP can help.
For more information, call the toll-free confidential hotline at 877-LAP4HELP (213-765-1190 outside California) or send an e-mail to: LAP@calbar.ca.gov.

Legal Specialization
The State Bar offers California lawyers the opportunity to become certified in 11 areas of law practice, from appellate law to family law to workers' compensation law.

Trust Accounting Handbook
To assist attorneys in complying with the rules for maintaining client trust accounts, the State Bar publishes the Handbook on Client Trust Accounting for California Attorneys. Download the text for free.

Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), Deadlines
MCLE compliance declarations should be submitted online through My State Bar Profile. The online reporting screens become available starting approximately 60 days before your reporting deadline.

Attorneys in MCLE Compliance Group 3 (last names N-Z), will be able to report compliance starting in mid-December and must report by March 1, 2017 to avoid a $75 late fee.

Note: Even those Group 3 attorneys who are “exempt” by virtue of their employment (see MCLE Rule 2.54), must attest to their exemption by March 1, 2017, or they will be assessed a late fee.

Public Education
Order copies of the State Bar's consumer guides and pamphlets --- and distribute them to clients or a community group or a local high school class. Some are free of charge; others are available for a small fee that helps cover the costs of the bar's public education program. Many are available in foreign languages as well.

The State Bar's three consumer guides are:

The bar also produces a Get the Legal Facts of Life pamphlet series. Each pamphlet deals with a law-related issue.

For a pamphlet order form, visit calbar.ca.gov (go to Consumer Pamphlets) or send an e-mail to pamphlets@calbar.ca.gov.

To order the guides, fill out an online order form on the State Bar's website.

If you do not have access to the Internet, call 888-875-LAWS (5297) for information.

Late fees

State Bar fees are due March 1, 2017. Avoid paying a penalty. Pay your fees on time. Your payment must be paid online (see below) or postmarked by March 1, 2017. If you miss the deadline, a penalty will attach on March 2 ($100 for active lawyers, $30 for inactive lawyers). If you have questions, call the Member Services Center at 888-800-3400.

Pay your fees online at no extra cost. Simply go to Member Services on the State Bar’s website (calbar.ca.gov) and set up your individual My State Bar Profile. Returning users should log in using their personal password. If you are a first-time user, you will need the access code that appears on the front of your fee statement.

You are only eligible to pay at the inactive rate if you transfer to voluntary inactive status by March 1, 2017.  Applications for Transfer to Inactive Membership Status must be received and effective no later than Feb. 1 to be eligible for the inactive membership fee rate for that year. A change to inactive status after March 1 is permissible, however the member must pay annual fees at the active rate and is not entitled to a refund because of the change to inactive status.

Report any change in your address. If you have a new address, log on to My State Bar Profile to update your contact information. Note: California Rule of Court 9.7 makes it a requirement to use My State Bar Profile as the means to report changes to your contact information, as well as to provide and maintain an email address for State Bar communications. If you have not already done so, please register today to ensure your compliance.

If your trust account information has changed in the past year, you may need to notify the State Bar. This requirement only applies to active members living in California. To update or change your trust account information, log on to My State Bar Profile.

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