Pay your annual Bar fees online
The Bar’s annual fee season is underway with the traditional first option of paying online by signing into the Member Portal at member.floridabar.org and clicking the “Pay My Fees” button. It is the quickest and easiest way to pay your annual fees, elect voluntary section memberships, and stay in compliance with Bar rules for trust accounting and pro bono reporting.
“As long as I have been a Florida Bar member, our leadership has increasingly focused on enhancing member services and running an efficient organization that meets the mission of promoting professionalism, protecting the public, and pursuing justice,” said Bar President-elect Dori Foster-Morales. “Florida’s annual Bar fees remain among the lowest among other states’ licensure and bar association costs, and we have not had a fee increase since 2001.”
Understanding that these are also difficult financial times for many, Foster-Morales said the Bar has an installment payment plan option that will allow those needing it the ability to stretch the fee portion of the payments out until February. That option and initial on-third payment must be made no later than August 15.
Executive Director Joshua E. Doyle said the Bar stands ready to assist any members who need additional consideration regarding the payment of fees this year. There are several options currently in place aside from paying with a credit card online:
• From the portal you can also print your statement, after you have answered the required questions, and then mail in a check, if necessary.
• If you don’t want to access the portal, printed statements will be mailed in the second week of June to any member who has not yet paid electronically.
• To pay your fees by phone, call the Bar’s Accounting Department at 850-561-5831, option 4.
• If you expect that you will be unable to pay your fees before the July 1 date, consider installment payments. The option allows for fees to made in three installments that can extend your final payment to February 1. To select installments online, log in to the portal, check the box to indicate you are qualified, and the Bar portion of the first payment will be reflected in the total due. After the initial payment has been made, you will receive follow-up emails and invoices with additional payment instructions prior to each deadline — which are August 15, November 2, and February 1.
• Law firms wishing to make a single payment for multiple attorney members should call 850-561-5831, option 3, or email [email protected] for assistance.
If you need help accessing your MyFloridaBar account or have questions about your membership status or payment options, call 850-561-5831, option 3, or email [email protected].
“These are the most uncertain of times,” Foster-Morales said. “While we all recall difficult times, none compare to the way in which this pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of our lives and will require true resilience and reliance on our support systems in equal measure. It is my prayer that you weather these times by focusing, as best possible, on the needs of your family, friends, colleagues, and clients.”
Foster-Morales said this is what you can expect from The Florida Bar:
• Unwavering advocacy for the legal profession and the Third Branch;
• Staunch protection of access to justice;
• Prioritizing and supporting your mental health and wellness with resources that include a 24/7 confidential helpline (833-351-9355 or “833-FL1-WELL”) for crisis intervention with referral to a licensed mental-health professional to provide free mental-health sessions remotely. Additional mental health and wellness resources are available at floridabar.org/member/healthandwellnesscenter, including a coping with COVID-19 page with links to videos, articles, and other sources to support your well-being;
• Excellent, free accessible continuing legal education not only to help you during the pandemic, but year-round including many free programs to complete the ethics, professionalism, and technology CLE requirements. The recent free webinar on the CARES Act, drew more than 1,700 live participants and, like many others, a recorded version is posted at LegalFuel.com along with dozens of practice resources and the assistance of on-staff advisers by chat, email, and telephone;
• Direct support with personal assistance via the Ethics Hotline (800-235-8619) and programs like Lawyers Advising Lawyers (www.lawyersadvisinglawyers.com); and
• Discounts and member benefits that will immediately save on expenses and provide you with what you need, especially as you practice remotely.
“My heartfelt thoughts go out to you in these challenging times,” Foster-Morales said. “I hope you are finding some opportunities among the many challenges COVID-19 is creating. Along with your other Bar leaders, I am committed to doing everything we possibly can to help you. Please visit FloridaBar.org/covid19 for the latest information, resources, and services.”