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EMERGENCY NOTICE

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, effective March 17, 2020, the Client Protection Fund of the Bar of Maryland is closed to the public. The office remains operational and you may contact the office by email at missy.higdon@mdcourts.gov or phone at (410) 630-8140. Please check this website for updates.

 

ATTORNEYS - IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

  • July 1 – Beginning July 1, Attorneys may submit a notarized Affidavit of Inactive/Retired Status for the current fiscal year. Status changes are effective July 1.
  • July 10 - On or before July 10 of each year AIS will generate and send electronically to each attorney who is responsible for an assessment, or who has volunteered to contribute to the Fund, a notice of assessment for the next ensuing fiscal year. The AIS generated email will include notice to comply with the Federal Tax Identification Number disclosure and notice to comply with the pro bono and IOLTA reporting requirements.
  • August 31 – Deadline for submitting a notarized Affidavit of Inactive/Retired Status for the current payment and reporting cycle.
  • September 10 – On or about September 10 of each year a late fee of $25 will be assessed if the invoiced assessment has not been paid. Pro Bono and IOLTA reports are also due by this date.
  • January 10 – On or about January 10 of each year an additional late fee of $50 will be assessed on any outstanding balance.
  • February 10 – Pursuant to Rule 19-606, 19-409 and 19-503, as soon as practicable after February 10 each year, AOC shall electronically send a Notice of Default to each attorney who has failed to pay the CPF assessment in full, including late fees and charges for dishonored checks, and/or failed to provide their federal tax identification number or statement that there is no such number to the Fund, and/or has not filed the required IOLTA Compliance Report, and/or has not filed the required Pro Bono Legal Service Report.
  • March 10 – No later than March 10 each year the Court of Appeals will receive a proposed Temporary Suspension Order and Decertification Order stating the names and Fund account number of those attorneys who failed to comply with the above stated obligations. At their discretion, the Court signs the Temporary Suspension Order and Decertification Order, usually at the March or April Conference.

PAYMENTS: Payment of the Assessment may be made by credit card through AIS, or by check or money order, mailed or hand delivered, to the Fund. Credit card payments are not accepted via telephone.

CHANGE OF CONTACT INFORMATION: Rule 19-802(d) states, “Attorneys shall update their AIS account within 30 days of becoming aware of a change in the information. AIS and constituent agencies have the right to rely on the latest information in AIS for billing and disciplinary purposes and for other correspondence or communication.”

MDEC: Changing your address in AIS or through CPF does not update your information in MDEC. AIS and MDEC are independent of one another. More information regarding MDEC, their policies and procedures, and their change of address form may be found here: https://mdcourts.gov/mdec/efilingatty.

QUESTIONS: If you have questions concerning these dates, your status, or need assistance registering for AIS, please contact the Fund at 410-630-8140.