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    Supreme Court Assessments and State Bar Dues are Due July 1

    Wisconsin Supreme Court assessments and State Bar of Wisconsin membership dues statements were emailed or mailed in May. Be sure to take advantage of your member benefits – find out more on WisBar.org.
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    June 20, 2018 – Wisconsin Supreme Court assessments and State Bar of Wisconsin membership dues remain unchanged for fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019). Payment is due by July 1, 2018; pay by this date to avoid late fees.

    Find out more about the 2018-19 court assessments and dues.

    Ways to Pay: Online, by Mail, or by Phone

    Fully enrolled State Bar members in good standing may pay their court assessments and dues online, from a computer or mobile device with a credit card. Find out more about online dues payment.

    Members will receive their statements via the USPS, unless they opted out of the first mailing, preferring to receive notification by email. Members who opted not to receive a paper statement will receive an email informing them that the Online Dues Portal is open, with links for access and instruction on using the portal.

    Payment is due by July 1, 2018; pay by this date to avoid late fees.

    Methods of payment include:

    • Via a print statement received in the mail or by download at wisbar.org/mydues;

    • Online with a credit card by visiting wisbar.org/mydues; or

    • By phone during May, June, and July by calling Customer Service at (800) 728-7788.

    Take Advantage of Your Member Benefits

    “We understand how challenging law practice can be,” says State Bar President Paul Swanson. “Your State Bar is ready to provide the resources, information, and insights you need to turn those obstacles into opportunities, and your questions into answer and solutions.”

    Through your dues, the State Bar offers you exclusive access to a wide variety of helpful resources and opportunities, including helping you to build your practice.

    Visit WisBar.org to access your guide to these exclusive programs and services, representing hundreds of tools and resources designed to help you succeed in your practice.

    Benefits include:

    Who Can Pay Court Assessments and Dues Online?

    Fully enrolled attorneys in good standing – those who have a Bar card – may pay online.

    You cannot pay your dues online if:

    • You are a new member who joins on or before July 1, 2018;

    • You want to change your name or membership status;

    • Your membership is suspended; or

    • Your office participates in the firm billing program.

    After remitting payment, you can visit myStateBar to verify that the State Bar has processed your payment. Your receipt and membership card should arrive within two weeks from the date the State Bar receives payment.

    Questions? See Membership FAQs and Paying Your Assessments and Dues FAQs on WisBar.org or call contact Customer Service at (800) 728-7788 or service@wisbar.org.

    Are My Dues Tax Deductible?

    Supreme Court assessments and State Bar dues are not deductible as charitable contributions but may be deductible as business expenses. Internal Revenue Code section 6033(e)(1) requires certain organizations to notify members that a portion of dues is allocable to lobbying activities. We are uncertain whether the requirement applies to the State Bar of Wisconsin. If it does, your Bar card mailing will outline this percentage. See the Dues FAQs on WisBar.org or the instructions with your mailed dues statement for more information.

    If you made a donation to the Wisconsin Law Foundation or paid your Fellows pledge, these payments are 501(c)3 charitable contributions; receipts will be issued from the Wisconsin Law Foundation.

    A Couple Reminders

    Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when completing the dues and assessments statement:

    • Please self-identify in the Demographic Data Section. The Diversity Inclusion and Oversight Committee seeks to better understand and serve an increasingly diverse membership. Please take the time to read the insert accompanying the printed dues statement, and provide or verify demographic data collected in support of the State Bar’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

    • Be sure to sign the trust account statement to retain your license – and your permanent notary commission. The Supreme Court rules require that every lawyer and judge sign this statement, regardless of whether you maintain a trust account.

    • Suspensions may impact your permanent status as a notary public. Failure to accurately and timely submit the trust account statement may result in loss of permanent notary public status. The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) may suspend permanent notary commissions of attorneys who are suspended from the practice of law. This means when you are reinstated, you must reapply for a four-year notary public commission and will continue to be reappointed in four-year increments. This matter is solely within DFI’s discretion.

    Remember the Wisconsin Law Foundation on Your Dues Statement

    Please consider a gift to help support the Wisconsin Law Foundation. Any level of contribution is gratefully appreciated. You can make your donation via Line 9 of your dues form.

    Your support goes directly towards supporting worthy statewide programs like:

    • High School Mock Trial
    • Programs that enhance and support diversity in the profession
    • Our Courts Wisconsin adult education programs
    • Scholarships to assist news lawyers with debt and establishing their practice
    • Grants to innovative programs that improve the justice system



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