Exemptions and Payment Plan

Information on setting up a payment plan; applying for a hardship exemption or armed forces exemption.

Payment Plan

If you are experiencing financial challenges, take advantage of our payment plan option available to all Active, Inactive, and Emeritus members. This option allows you to spread your license fee payments over three months using your credit card as indicated below.

Membership 2014 License Fee + Mandatory LFCP + Service Fee Total December 2 payment January 2 payment February 3 payment

Active – Admitted to ANY bar prior to 2012

$325 + $30 + $9

$364.00

$141.33

$111.34

$111.33

Active – Admitted to ANY bar in 2012 or 2013

$162.50 + $30 + $9

$201.50

$87.17

$57.17

$57.16

Inactive/Emeritus

$200 + $9

$209.00

$69.67

$69.67

$69.66

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As required by the WSBA Bylaws, the license fee and Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection assessment (for Active members) must be paid in full by February 3. Any balance owing on February 3 will be charged to your credit card at that time.

Contact Mui Bounyavong with questions at 206-727-8286 or muib@wsba.org

Hardship Exemption

The deadline to request a one-time exemption of the license fee due to hardship for the 2014 licensing year has passed.

WSBA Bylaw Article III, Section H.5. provides for License Fee Exemptions Due to Hardship. In case of proven extreme financial hardship, which must entail a current household income equal to or less than 200% of the federal poverty level as determined at the time of the application for hardship exemption, the Executive Director may grant a one-time exemption from payment of annual license fees by any Active member. Hardship exemptions are for one licensing period only, and a request must be submitted on or before February 1st of the year for which the exemption is requested. Denial of an exemption request is not appealable.

If you have any questions, you may contact Amy Christensen at 206-727-8243 or amyc@wsba.org.

Armed Forces Exemption

The deadline to request the Armed Forces Exemption for the 2014 licensing year has passed.

WSBA Bylaw Section III.H.1.a.2 provides: "An Active member of the Association who is activated from reserve duty status to full-time active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States for more than 60 days in any calendar year, or who is deployed or stationed outside the United States for any period of time for full-time active military duty in the Armed Forces of the United States shall be exempt from the payment of license fees and assessments for the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection upon submitting to the Executive Director satisfactory proof that he or she is so activated, deployed or stationed. All requests for exemption must be postmarked or delivered to the Association offices on or before February 1st of the year for which the exemption is requested. Eligible members must apply every year they wish to claim the exemption. Each exemption applies for only the calendar year in which it is granted, and exemptions may be granted for a maximum total of five years for any member. Granting or denying an exemption under this provision is within the sole discretion of the Executive Director and is not appealable."

If you have any questions, you may contact Amy Christensen at 206-727-8243 or amyc@wsba.org.

Member Login

To pay your license fees online, simply access the WSBA Member Login page and follow the directions.

License Fees

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