You may become a retired member if you have either:
- reached age 55;
- been a member in good standing for 20 of the previous 25 years; or,
- engaged in the full-time active practice of law for 20 of the previous 25 years.
Former members must first apply for reinstatement in order to become a retired member. If your reinstatement application is satisfactory, you will not be required to meet any conditions of reinstatement other than provision of an undertaking.
Retired members retain the same rights as practising members, except the right to practise law or to act as notaries public or Commissioners for taking affidavits. Retired members are entitled to:
- run for election as Benchers;
- vote in Bencher elections and general meetings of the Law Society; and
- receive Law Society publications.
How to apply
To apply for retired membership, you should submit the following:
- Application for Retired Membership or Application for Retired Membership for Reinstating Members
- A non-refundable application fee and the annual retired member fee, which are prorated on a monthly basis
Fees for members who are currently practising will be deducted from the practising fee you have already paid for the year. If the total of the application and non-practising fees is less than the practising fee you have already paid, you will receive a refund for the balance.