Resignation

Resignation

How do I resign membership from the Law Society of New Brunswick?

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In order to resign from the Law Society, you must submit the following:

A resignation is not effective until it is accepted by Council. In accepting or rejecting a resignation, Council may impose whatever conditions are in its opinion necessary to secure any money owing to the Society and to assure that all obligations of the member under the Law Society Act, 1996 and the General Rules under the Law Society Act, 1996 are fulfilled.

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Do I have to maintain my insurance coverage until my resignation is accepted?

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If you are no longer engaged in the practice of law in New Brunswick, you can request an exemption from mandatory Professional Liability Insurance by submitting the Form 25 Application for Exemption from Professional Insurance.

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Can I be readmitted as a member of the Law Society of New Brunswick after a resignation?

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A person who has resigned from the Society and who wishes to be reinstated may file an application (Form 17 Application for Reinstatement of a Former Member) with the Executive Director in which the person requests reinstatement.

If the applicant has been engaged in the practise of law outside of New Brunswick, he or she must request a certificate of good standing from each governing body where the applicant has practised law since the resignation from the Law Society of New Brunswick and arrange for the certificates to be sent to the Executive Director.

To qualify for reinstatement, a former member shall

  1. pay all fees in arrears at the time of resignation,
  2. successfully pass the Bar Examinations as the Admissions Committee may require,
  3. comply with all other conditions the Admissions Committee considers necessary,
  4. be a member in good standing, entitled to practice in any other jurisdiction in which they have engaged in the practice of law immediately preceding the application.
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Will I be expected to fulfill specific conditions if I have not practised law for at least three of the preceding five years?

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An applicant who has not actively practised law for at least three of the five years immediately preceding the application, may be required by the Admissions Committee, to comply with specific conditions before returning to practice, or,  to comply with conditions imposed on the practice of the applicant.

Conditions that may be imposed by the Admissions Committee may include a period of articles and the Bar Admission Course.

If you have any questions on the procedures for readmission, please contact the Director of Admissions.

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How can I obtain more information?

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If you have any questions about resigning from the Law Society of New Brunswick, please contact the  Membership Coordinator.

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