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Bar News - April 16, 2014

Board Governance: NHBA Dues and NH Supreme Court Fees to Arrive by Email

The NH Bar Association continues to shift the annual dues and court fees billing process from mail to online, which is proving to be more convenient and saves on operating costs. Last year, NHBA Finance Director Paula Lewis reports, most association members responded positively and more promptly to receiving their dues bills via an email notice. For efficiency, the Association bills and collects the Court fees at the same time the Association dues are collected and processed.

The dues bills will be sent from during the first week of June. To help ensure that your invoice is correct and arrives on time, please make necessary changes to your membership status and contact information no later than May 15. Updates can forwarded to Susan Lakeway in Member Records at Address or status change forms also are available online. (In For Members area, look for the appropriate form at “Membership Data Changes, Edits & Requests.”)

There will be separate invoices for mandatory fees established by the NH Supreme Court and Association dues, but they will be sent together in a single email, both payable 30 days from the invoice date.

Any member without email or Internet access will receive invoices via US mail.

On Sept. 1, the NH Bar Association will assess a $50 delinquency fee on unpaid dues and/or Court fees. A warning of pending suspension also will be issued via the same delivery method as the annual renewal invoices.

On Nov. 1, five months after the invoice date, those members whose bills remain unpaid will be administratively suspended from practicing law in New Hampshire (See NHBA Constitution, Section 6, for more information) and will be notified via certified mail.

The annual trust account compliance IOLTA form will continue to be sent to members by mail this year, as the NH Supreme Court requires a hard-copy signature on the form.

If you have questions about the dues process, please contact Pamela Sharp, accounting supervisor, at or 603-715-3220.

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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