Practising Insured Status

Practising Insured

Status

What does it mean to be practising insured?

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A practising insured member is a member who is entitled to practise law in New Brunswick.

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Who may apply for practising insured status?

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  • You are currently a non-practising member and would like to return to practice;
  • You are currently a practising member who has been granted an exemption from mandatory liability insurance and would like to apply for insurance;

Note that certain conditions may apply. Please contact the Membership Coordinator if you have any questions.

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I am currently a non-practising member. How do I apply for a change of status to practising insured?

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Non-practising members who wish to return to practise must file the following duly completed forms and fees:

  • Non-refundable change of status application fee of $86.25 ($75.00 plus HST)

However, a non-practising member who files an application for registration as a practising member, and, who has not practised for at least three of the immediately preceding five years must satisfy the requirements of the Admission Committee before being permitted to return to practise. (For more information, refer to subsection 25(2) and 30(11) of the Law Society Act, 1996 and section 50 and 51 of the General Rules under the Law Society Act, 1996.)

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Are there other fees associated with the change of status from non-practising to practising insured?

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Yes, you will receive a prorated invoice for the practising membership fee and an insurance fee invoice. Invoices are sent upon receipt of the forms and change of status fee, or by request to the Membership Coordinator.

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Can I change my status retroactively?

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No, a change of status becomes effective upon receipt of all required documents and fees. You may request that the change of status become effective at a future date, submitting the required documents and fees no more than two months prior to that date as indicated on the Form 14 Application for Change of Status to Practising.

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If I did not comply with the CPD Requirements in the year I changed my status to non-practising, will I have to complete those hours upon my return to practising status?

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Yes, all CPD hours outstanding at the time a change of status to non-practising is effective will be added to the current year’s requirement upon return to practising status.

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I am currently a practising exempt member. How do I apply for mandatory insurance coverage?

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To apply for mandatory Professional Liability Insurance Coverage, please contact the Membership Coordinator, or the Professional Liability Reserve Fund department. An invoice for liability insurance will be issued and payment is required within two (2) weeks of issue.

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Can I obtain liability insurance retroactively?

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No, insurance coverage cannot be obtained retroactively.

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Are practising insured members required to pay the Canadian Bar Association fee?

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Yes, the Canadian Bar Association fee is mandatory for all practising members of the Law Society of New Brunswick.

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How can I obtain more information?

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If you have any questions about practising insured status, please contact the Membership Coordinator.

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