Paralegal Reminder : FRP Renewal Fees Due – 1 Week Left Before $40 LATE FEE
If you are an FRP, your fees were due on July 1, 2012. You still have until August 15, 2012 before they are considered late. If you pay after August 15, 2012 you will get hit with a $40 late charge (do you really want to pay $190 instead of $150?) – don’t ASSUME they have been paid if someone else is paying them for you – DOUBLE CHECK. You can check your status by logging in on the Florida Bar’s website. It will either show that you need to pay or that you are paid in full.
If no fee is received by September 30, 2012 your Florida Registered Paralegal status will be revoked – this isn’t a joke folks. If you do not pay by September 30, 2012, don’t be surprised when your FRP number disappears from the FRP member list and you are told that you have to reapply – from scratch. If you qualified under the grandfathering clause and you allow your membership to be revoked because you slipped up and made a late payment, you are going to be in a really bad position. Please pay your dues timely. Hopefully your firm will be paying them for you!!
ALSO – if this is the end of your reporting period, PLEASE make sure that you triple check your numbers to make sure everything is properly accounted for. Important Information Re: Posting CLE Credits with The Florida Bar
It is not a joke and the Bar does not take into account extenuating circumstances. I was listed on the Bar’s website as an FRP March 31, 2008. Due to an in-house misunderstanding, my dues were not paid. I had to re-apply and the $150 application fee was paid. On top of that, the $150 renewal fee had to be paid as well ($300 w/in a few months). Now, my listing shows I became an FRP February 2011. Pay your dues. Ontime. If YOU don’t pay them, make sure they were paid by checking your listing or calling the Bar to confirm. Please learn from my mistake.
Thank you Lisa!! You aren’t the only one who has gone through that unfortunately! I am very lucky in that my firm pays mine but I still made sure to go to the website last week and verified that it showed I was paid in full. You just can never be too sure!!