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Payment Options

A lawyer or paralegal's status and associated category determines whether they are required to pay fees and the amount of the annual fee. By-Law 8 requires licensees to notify the Law Society immediately after any change in personal or business contact information or status. A change of status may result in a reduction of fees or a refund, if the Law Society is notified before the end of the fee year. Changes reported after the end of the year will not result in a reduction of fees for the previous fee year.

There are four payment options for the 2021 Annual Fee:

Payment Options

  1. Credit Card Payment - Click on the Pay Now button in your portal account
  2. Cheque/Money Order/ Draft  
  3. Internet/Telephone Banking  
  4. Pre-Authorized Payment Plans  

Payment Options

1. Credit Card Payment

To pay by credit card, click on the "Pay Now" button on your portal account to make payment through the Law Society's secure website.  Annual Fees payments by credit card will not be accepted by fax, mail-in, email or telephone.

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2. Cheque/Money Order/ Draft 

Payment may be made by cheque, money order or draft payable to the "Law Society of Ontario" and must be in Canadian Funds and drawn on a corresponding Canadian bank. Your Law Society Number should be recorded on the face of the cheque, money order or draft. Payments made in foreign funds will be returned unprocessed. 

For additional Information visit the Paying Your Fees page.

Cheques not honoured by the bank (NSF, stop payment, etc.) will result in a $50 charge for each item. Each returned cheque will require immediate payment, including the $50 charge, by certified cheque, draft, or money order, or by credit card. Failure to replace a returned cheque may result in the suspension of your rights and privileges as a lawyer.

Lockbox Address

Law Society of Ontario/The Law Society of Upper Canada
                                                    PO BOX 57299 STN A
                                                    Toronto, ON M5W 5M5
 

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3. Internet/Telephone Banking

We have enabled our licensees to add their Law Society annual membership fees to their personal list of bills payable through their own financial institution's Internet and Telephone banking services. This new option lets licensees customize their payment and helps to manage cash flow. Please use your Law Society Number as the account number when registering with your bank. For additional Information visit the Fee Categories page. 

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4. Pre-Authorized Payment Plans

Lawyers

The Law Society offers two Pre-Authorized Payment Plan options: 1) Pre-Authorized Annual Payment Plan and 2) Pre-Authorized Monthly Payment Plan.

To enroll in either of these plans sign into your Portal account.

Pre-Authorized Annual Payment Plan

Deadline to enroll is January 22, 2021

The Law Society offers a Pre-Authorized Annual Payment Plan. There is no administration fee for this payment option. To enroll in this plan, you can complete your application online through your Portal account. Once enrolled, you will continue on the plan until you withdraw from the plan by accessing PAP in your Portal account. You do not need to complete another authorization.

Licensees registered in the Annual PAP will be eligible for a discount of up to $50 on their 2021 Annual Fee.  The discount will be pro-rated according to the licensee's fee category.  

Returned Cheques/Rejected Withdrawals

Pre-authorized withdrawals not honoured by the financial institution (NSF, stop payment, etc.) will result in an administrative charge of $50.00 for each item. Each returned cheque or rejected withdrawal will require immediate payment, including the administrative charge, by certified cheque, draft, money order, or by credit card. Failure to replace a returned cheque or rejected withdrawal will result in administrative suspension without further notice and removal from the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan.

Pre-Authorized Monthly Payment Plan

Deadline to enroll is February 24, 2021

An $80 administration fee will be charged for this option (amount is included in the monthly withdrawal amount). Participants who are already enrolled in the Pre-Authorized Monthly Payment Plan will continue on the plan until they withdraw from the plan by accessing PAP in their Portal account. They do not need to complete another authorization.  The Pre-Authorized Monthly Payment Plan will consist of ten (10) monthly withdrawals from a Canadian Financial Institution. Withdrawals will commence on March 5, 2021 and continue on the 5th business day of each month through to December 7, 2021.

The monthly pre-authorized debit (PAD) service is a self-service option. If you would like to cancel your monthly pre-authorized debit agreement or change any financial information, you can do so by accessing your portal account.

  First Withdrawal (March) Subsequent Withdrawals (April - December)
     
Category 1 $219.64 $219.65
     
Category 2 $113.78 $113.83
     
Category 3 $60.93 $60.91

You may cancel or change your PAP at any time online, up to five (5) business days prior to the withdrawal date. If you have an outstanding balance when cancelling your agreement, the amount will become payable immediately.

If a third party is paying your fees, and/or you need further information, please contact the Payment Plan administrator at pap@lso.ca.

Returned Cheques/Rejected Withdrawals

Pre-authorized withdrawals not honoured by the financial institution (NSF, stop payment, etc.) will result in an administrative charge of $50.00 for each item. Each returned cheque or rejected withdrawal will require immediate payment, including the administrative charge, by certified cheque, draft, money order, or by credit card. Failure to replace a returned cheque or rejected withdrawal will result in administrative suspension without further notice and removal from the Pre-Authorized Monthly Payment Plan.

Licensees enrolled in the Pre-Authorized Monthly Payment Plan who have two rejected withdrawals will no longer be eligible for the plan and will be required to remit payment for full fees immediately.

Paralegals

The Law Society offers two Pre-Authorized Payment Plan options: 1) Pre-Authorized Annual Payment Plan and 2) Pre-Authorized Monthly Payment Plan.

To enroll in either of these plans sign into your Portal account.

Pre-Authorized Annual Payment Plan

Deadline to enroll is January 22, 2021

The Law Society offers a Pre-Authorized Annual Payment Plan. There is no administration fee for this payment option. To enroll in this plan, you can complete your application online through your Portal account. Once enrolled, you will continue on the plan until you withdraw from the plan by accessing PAP in your Portal account. You do not need to complete another authorization.

Licensees registered in the Annual PAP will be eligible for a discount of up to $50 on their 2021 Annual Fee.  The discount will be pro-rated according to the licensee's fee category.  

Returned Cheques/Rejected Withdrawals

Pre-authorized withdrawals not honoured by the financial institution (NSF, stop payment, etc.) will result in an administrative charge of $50.00 for each item. Each returned cheque or rejected withdrawal will require immediate payment, including the administrative charge, by certified cheque, draft, money order, or by credit card. Failure to replace a returned cheque or rejected withdrawal will result in administrative suspension without further notice and removal from the Pre-Authorized Monthly Payment Plan.

Pre-Authorized Monthly Payment Plan

Deadline to enroll is February 24, 2021

An $80 administration fee will be charged for this option (amount is included in the monthly withdrawal amount). Participants who are already enrolled in the Pre-Authorized Monthly Payment Plan will continue on the plan until they withdraw from the plan by accessing PAP in their Portal account. They do not need to complete another authorization.  The Pre-Authorized Monthly Payment Plan will consist of ten (10) monthly withdrawals from a Canadian Financial Institution. Withdrawals will commence on March 5, 2021 and continue on the 5th business day of each month through to December 7, 2021.

The monthly pre-authorized debit (PAD) service is a self-service option. If you would like to cancel your monthly pre-authorized debit agreement or change any financial information, you can do so by accessing your Portal account.

  First Withdrawal (March) Subsequent Withdrawals (April - December)
     
Category 1 $116.95 $116.93
     
Category 2 $62.43 $62.47
     
Category 3 $35.26 $35.23

You may cancel or change your PAP at any time online, up to five (5) business days prior to the withdrawal date. If you have an outstanding balance when cancelling your agreement, the amount will become payable immediately. 

If a third party is paying your fees, and/or you need further information, please contact the Payment Plan administrator at pap@lso.ca.

Returned Cheques/Rejected Withdrawals

Pre-authorized withdrawals not honoured by the financial institution (NSF, stop payment, etc.) will result in an administrative charge of $50.00 for each item. Each returned cheque or rejected withdrawal will require immediate payment, including the administrative charge, by certified cheque, draft, money order, or by credit card. Failure to replace a returned cheque or rejected withdrawal will result in administrative suspension without further notice and removal from the Pre-Authorized Monthly Payment Plan.

Licensees enrolled in the Pre-Authorized Monthly Payment Plan who have two rejected withdrawals will no longer be eligible for the plan and will be required to remit payment for full fees immediately. 

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