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Court increases registration fee for lawyers

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Indiana attorneys will have to pay $10 more a year to be licensed to practice law in the state, though they'll still fare better than most of their colleagues around the country.

The Indiana Supreme Court issued an order this week increasing the fee from $105 to $115, making it effective for this year's Oct. 1 due date.

This is the first increase in five years, when the fee rose from $95 to $105.

Delinquency fees stay the same: $65 will be added for fees paid after Oct. 1 and on or before Oct. 15; $115 fee to those paid after Oct. 15 and on or before Dec. 31; and $265 will be added to those paid after that.

This annual fee is the largest revenue stream for the state's Disciplinary Commission. While the money was previously divided between the Disciplinary Commission, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Fund, and the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, the Supreme Court now allocates the money based on considerations of need and each entity's annual budget.

Last year, a survey conducted by the National Organization of Bar Counsel showed that Indiana ranked 51st in regard to fees for getting a law license, ranking the least expensive when compared to each state and Washington, D.C. At the time, the Hoosier legal community's $105 fee was equal with Maryland. That survey didn't take into account annual bar association fees that differ among states based on mandatory admission requirements.
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