Updated: July 6, 2020

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Information about setting up a payment plan and applying for a hardship exemption or armed forces exemption.

Payment Plans

If you are experiencing financial challenges, please note that our payment plan option is available to all licensed legal professionals for the 2021 license fee. Payments may be made in up to five installments with the balance required to be paid in full by Feb. 1, 2021. To take full advantage of the plan, sign up and pay the first installment in October 2020. 

If you have questions, please contact the WSBA Service Center at questions@wsba.org or call 206-443-9722, toll-free: 800-945-9722.

Hardship Exemption

On June 26, 2020, the Board of Governors voted to amend the WSBA Bylaws (Art.III.I.5) to increase to two the number of times Active members can receive a hardship exemption from paying annual license fees. This amendment would have to be approved by the Washington Supreme Court. 

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Christensen at 206-727-8243 or amyc@wsba.org.

Armed Forces Exemption

WSBA Bylaw Section III.I.1.a.2 provides for a fee exemption for eligible members of the Armed Forces whose WSBA license is active. An active member of the Bar who is activated from reserve duty status to full-time active duty in the armed forces of the United States for more than 60 days in any calendar year, or who is deployed or stationed outside the U.S. for any period of time for full-time active military duty in the U.S. armed forces will be exempt from the payment of license fees and assessments for the Client Protection Fund upon submitting to the WSBA executive director satisfactory proof that he or she is so activated, deployed or stationed. All requests for exemption must be postmarked or delivered to the Bar’s offices on or before Feb. 1 of the year for which the exemption is requested. Eligible members must apply every year they wish to claim the exemption. Each exemption applies for only the calendar year in which it is granted, and exemptions may be granted for a maximum total of five years for any member. Granting or denying an exemption under this provision is within the sole discretion of the Executive Director and is not appealable.

Please submit a copy of your orders and a recent LES by e-mail to amyc@wsba.org, fax or mail. Upon review and acceptance you will be sent a notification of approval granting the Armed Forces Exemption. 

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Christensen at 206-727-8243 or amyc@wsba.org.