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Has anyone ever resigned from a Bar?

It's time to pay my yearly $150 just for the honor of remain perkinwarbeck09/29/17
Resign? Most have an inactive option where you pay less, but superttthero09/29/17
You can stop paying and they will remove you from their atto jd4hire09/30/17
I resigned from WA state when I moved to the east coast. Wai brownbear09/30/17
I know a guy who was licensed in two adjacent states, he kep flyer1410/03/17
I haven't, but I'm considering it. I got my degree and firs bittersweet10/05/17
Yeah, this is sort of close to my situation. I'm an inactive perkinwarbeck10/05/17
perkinwarbeck (Sep 29, 2017 - 3:46 pm)

It's time to pay my yearly $150 just for the honor of remaining inactive in Massachusetts. I don't think I'll ever need to practice in MA. I'm sick of paying this fee every year.

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superttthero (Sep 29, 2017 - 4:00 pm)

Resign? Most have an inactive option where you pay less, but still a stupidly high amount, or a retired option where you never pay again, but if you come back you have to pay your dues during the time you were out and some penalty.

If you are gone from the state, just retire/resign. I did from Illinois, no biggie. No reason to pay when I'm never going back.

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jd4hire (Sep 30, 2017 - 11:06 am)

You can stop paying and they will remove you from their attorney roll. I'd call up first and ask what the process is though so they don't keep sending you stupid late notices and attempting to assess fees. Although unlikely, a failure to pay could result in some stupid action which technically should be reported to your bar where you are active.

I know in my jurisdiction the Supremes remove attorneys from the attorney roll who haven't paid X number of years in a row. One actually had to get reinstated after being removed...not sure what that process entailed.

Good luck.

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brownbear (Sep 30, 2017 - 3:52 pm)

I resigned from WA state when I moved to the east coast. Waived into D.C. and it's the only membership I maintain. I may go for MD after 5 years of practice in DC.

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flyer14 (Oct 3, 2017 - 8:40 am)

I know a guy who was licensed in two adjacent states, he kept getting in trouble with the good old boys club in one. Trouble is, every time he got suspended in the first state, the second one would automatically suspend him without a hearing. Eventually resigned from both states.

Still works as a paralegal billing $500 an hour so I think he's doing OK though.

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bittersweet (Oct 5, 2017 - 4:07 pm)

I haven't, but I'm considering it. I got my degree and first bar in a flyover state. I moved back to the east coast 18 years ago. I've only kept it active because that state doesn't have an "Inactive" status. If I resign it and want to go back they'd want me to take the bar again.

If I had a firm and could right it off maybe I'd keep it. But doing doc review and looking to get out of the field? Going ... going ...

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perkinwarbeck (Oct 5, 2017 - 4:41 pm)

Yeah, this is sort of close to my situation. I'm an inactive member of the Bar where I went to law school. I added the DC bar so I could do doc review down. Now, I have DC and Massachusetts, but I only need one. I can't imagine the circumstance that would bring me back to MA, but it's still hard to give it up.

DC and MA are both jurisdictions with no CLE requirements. Pretty sweet.

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