Frequently Asked Questions
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Lawyers may request a fee waiver by submitting a written request to the Lawyer Registration Office stating the basis for the request.
The Lawyer Registration Rules state:
“The Lawyer Registration Office may, in hardship cases, waive payment of delinquent lawyer registration fees, late penalties, and reinstatement fees.” (Rule 17)
The lawyer should include in the request for waiver sufficient information for the Lawyer Registration Office to make a determination. Factors that the Board office considers include the following:
- The diligence of the lawyer in resolving the issue;
- Whether there is a compelling reason for the lawyer’s delay, such as a serious medical condition that impacted timely filing, or other serious circumstance outside of the lawyer’s control;
- The reason for non-payment of fees;
- The compliance history of the lawyer;
- Whether financial hardship will result if the waiver is denied; and
- Whether the lawyer complied with the requirement to update the lawyer’s contact information with the Board office.
The initial determination is made by Board office staff. The lawyer may appeal the staff’s determination to the Director. The lawyer may appeal the Director’s determination to the Board of Continuing Legal Education (which oversees the Lawyer Registration Office’s functions) by submitting a written request within 10 business days of receipt of the Director’s determination.