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Bar News - April 20, 2016

Attention: July 1 Deadline for NH Attorney Licensing

Tips on Renewal Process This Year

New rules consolidate deadlines to July 1

The NH Supreme Court, Attorney Discipline Office and NH Bar Association are collaborating to make it easier for members to identify and complete their annual license requirements.

Emails to all members will be sent at the beginning of June with dues and fee statements, a link to a new electronic Trust Account Compliance form, and a link to the Attorney Reporting Tool for NHMCLE reporting. The deadline for all of these renewal steps will be July 1, 2016.

The NH Supreme Court recently issued an order seeking comment on suggested rules that will enable the deadlines for NH Supreme Court Rule 53 (NHMCLE) to be synchronized with the deadline for dues and court fees payments and the completion of the Trust Accounting Compliance form which, this year, can be completed entirely online.

Several steps members can take now will help them be ready for this new process. Being prepared now will enable members to complete the process faster and more easily.

Members should check with the member records coordinator at the NH Bar Association to ensure their contact information is current.

If members intend to change their membership status, this should be done by May 13, so that the changes can be incorporated into the June 1 billing. Members will have 60 days following the billing to make changes, but it will be easier to make the change before the billing cycle begins.

Members and firm administrators should make sure the email address is added to a "safe-sender" list to reduce the possibility that the June 1 billing email will end up in a spam folder.

What's Important Now for NHMCLE Compliance

Log-in to your Attorney Reporting Tool (ART) at and check your progress on your "My Record" page (reproduced below.)

Enter any non-NHBA courses but be sure to verify the NH Bar courses that have been entered.

Complete the minimum number of minutes required to meet your requirement for the reporting year (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.)

Watch for upcoming notices for filing your Certificate of Compliance.

Visit the NHMCLE webpage at to learn how to complete Rule 53 requirements in the online 'Attorney Reporting Tool' or 'ART.'

Below is an example of a "My Record" page at

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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