MCLE REMINDER

THE 2012-2014 REPORTING PERIOD ENDED ON JUNE 30, 2014. The filing deadline was July 31, 2014.

Active members of the Bar are required to complete and file 24 approved credits, including at least 3 credits in legal ethics, office management, substance abuse, and/or elimination of bias in the legal profession credits between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2014.

Active members admitted between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, are required to file 12 approved credits, including at least 3 credits in legal ethics, office management, substance abuse, and/or elimination of bias in the legal profession credits.

Credits should be submitted online through the member portal at www.mywvbar.org. Your username is your e-mail on file with the State Bar office.  If you do not have a password, click on request new password.   Please be sure to check your transcript before submitting additional activities.  You may check the listing of presumptively accredited providers online.  Courses sponsored by the presumptive providers are automatically approved.  If the course you are submitting is not sponsored by a presumptive provider, please check the approved course listing to see if the activity has been individually approved.  As of September 1, 2013, courses approved in other states are no longer automatically recognized as approved activities in WV. If your course does not appear on the approved course list, you must submit the attorney application for individual course approval through the member portal.  You will need to submit the detailed agenda, brief biographical sketches of the instructors, and a $20 processing fee, all of which may be submitted online. 

If your course has been approved, please submit the approved course certification form. You will need to select the course type (live seminar/online,dvd/cd/teleconference or in-house.) Start typing in the name of the sponsor and the full sponsor name will pop up with a number, select it, then start typing in the first few letters of the seminar title which then should bring up the seminar titles for you to select. If the seminar title does not appear, you may type in the course title, then click outside of the text box to proceed. Enter the date completed, as well as the credit information, then attest to the submission.  You will receive an e-mail confirmation of the submission.

If you taught a seminar approved for WV MCLE credit, you may submit the attorney request for teaching credit.  If you published a legal work, you may submit the request for publication credit.

     Please note that submission of approved MCLE activities on paper forms mailed, faxed or e-mailed to the MCLE Commission require a $10 processing fee, payable to the WV State Bar.  Your check must accompany the submission.  In no event will the credits be processed and an invoice then sent to the attorney for the required processing fee. 

All required credits are to be completed and filed by July 31, 2014.  Courses may be completed in the month of July and carried back to meet the requirement for the 2012-2014 reporting period.  Courses may NOT be split between two different reporting periods.

Credits filed after July 31, 2014, require a $50 late filing fee.  If you are submitting MCLE credits online, you must pay the required late fee BEFORE the credits are submitted.  Late paper form submissions will not be processed until the required late filing fees and paper processing fees are received.  The check should be made payable to the West Virginia State Bar.

If you have questions, please contact Hope Gresham at  greshamh@wvbar.org.

 

 

Increase in Civil Filing Fees

Filing fees will increase for all Civil Cases July 1, 2014 to $200. This fee change adds a new fee of $200 for defendants filing counterclaims, cross claims, third party complaints and motions to intervene.

The fee for miscellaneous petitions in family court will increase to $200 this includes Paternity, Child Support, Visitation and Custody, Infant Guardianships, etc. Petitions for Divorce, Separate Maintenance will remain at $135; Modifications of Family Court orders will remain at $85; Expedited petitions in family court remain $35.

Specific Information on Other Filing Fees

1) While the filing fee for miscellaneous petitions in family court increases to $200, it’s important to note that this filing fee does not apply in cases of divorce, separate maintenance or annulment.  Circuit Clerks will receive a fee list which will provide specific examples in which the new fee would or would not apply.

2) The new defendant & respondents filing fee of $200 for counterclaims, crossclaims, motions to intervene and third party complaints does not apply to any family court cases or to any party with a fee waiver. (Example:  No filing fee for divorce counterclaims.)  The legislative summary also notes that a defendant is liable for one filing fee; if a defendant files both a counterclaim and cross claim, only one filing fee is assessed.

3)  Although stated in the body of the legislative summary, attorneys may be interested to know that the additional $45 derived from the increase in the civil filing fee has been earmarked by the Legislature for the Fund for Civil Legal Services for Low Income Litigants.  The entire amount of the new defendant’s $200 filing fee is earmarked for the same fund.

4) The medical malpractice case filing fee remains at $280.