July 1 Deadline: Pay Dues/Assessment, File Registration Statement and Trust Account Disclosure Form Online
The online system for payment of 2014/2015 Louisiana State Bar Association dues and Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board assessments, filing Attorney Registration Statements and filing the Louisiana Supreme Court Trust Account Disclosure and Overdraft Notification Authorization Form is now active. All online forms must be filed and all payments must be made on or before July 1, 2014, to avoid penalties.
Filing electronically is a quick and simple process. If an attorney has not yet set up a member account, one can easily be created at: www.lsba.org/Members/memberaccts.aspx. This webpage also allows members to edit their existing accounts and to reset a lost or forgotten account password.
A 4x6 postcard was mailed to all LSBA members outlining the new online payment and registration filing system, with instructions to go online to www.LSBA.org to complete the registration process and to go online to www.LADB.org to complete the Louisiana Supreme Court Trust Account Disclosure and Overdraft Notification Authorization Form.
Once the Attorney Registration Statement has been electronically filed (including any necessary changes and/or updates) and payments have been made, an email confirmation will be sent.
All online forms must be filed and all payments must be made on or before July 1, 2014, to avoid penalties. The LSBA will continue to mail delinquency and ineligibility notices to those who fail to meet the deadlines.
This new collection method will allow payment of fees either by an ACH electronic check or credit card, enabling members to make filings 24/7, even when the Bar Center is closed or if mail service is disrupted due to inclement weather.
Members who elect to pay by electronic check will continue to pay the following fees:
• LSBA dues (practicing more than three years): $200;
• LSBA dues (practicing three years or less): $80;
• LADB assessment (practicing more than three years): $235; and
• LADB assessment (practicing three years or less): $170.
However, processing fees of 3% plus a .20 transaction fee will be passed along to those choosing to pay by credit card. Total amounts including credit card processing fees are as follows:
• LSBA dues (practicing more than three years): $206.20;
• LSBA dues (practicing three years or less): $82.60;
• LADB assessment (practicing more than three years): $242.25; and
• LADB assessment (practicing three years or less): $175.30.
"These changes will facilitate efficiencies related to online filing while still providing assistance and guidance from LSBA staff members," said LSBA President Richard K. Leefe. "This new system is another step forward in our ongoing efforts to utilize technology to create easier access for Louisiana lawyers."
Although the LSBA anticipates a smooth transition, Bar staff members will be available to answer questions and provide assistance to members. All questions and concerns should be directed to:
• Email — processing@LSBA.org
• Telephone — (504)566-1600 or (800)421-LSBA; ask for Payment Processing.