Members

Paying Your MSBA Membership Dues- FAQ

I do not want to pay my dues online, how can I get a paper invoice?

We are trying to save costs by moving as many members to online payment as possible. If you need a paper invoice, we will be mailing paper invoices to remaining unpaid members in mid-June.

Why won’t the billing website open on my computer?

Are you using Internet Explorer?  Try using another browser.  Our billing website utilizes Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox better than Internet Explorer.

How are my 2015-16 dues calculated?

Your dues depend on a number of components:  member type (attorney or non-attorney), years of practice, location and potential qualification for a Special Dues Category.  Member dues can be reduced if one is eligible for a Special Dues Category. Special Dues Categories (with the exception of Emeritus or Retired), need to be requested each year.  

To learn about membership categories, click here.

When is 2015-16 membership payment due?

July 1, 2015. 

How do I change my dues category (e.g., recently retired)?

After clicking “renew my membership,” click “edit” in the MSBA Dues bar. This will open a new window that allows you to choose a different member category. 

How do I change my district bar association?

After clicking “renew my membership,” click “edit” in the District Dues bar. This will open a new window that allows you to choose a different local bar district. 

How do I add or opt out of section membership?

After clicking “renew my membership,” click “edit” in the Optional Section Dues bar. This will open a new window that allows you to choose specific sections. 

How do I change or opt out of optional foundation/legislative fund contributions?

After clicking “renew my membership,” click “edit” in the Optional Contributions bar. This will open a new window that allows you to change or opt out of foundation/legislative fund contributions. 

What is the most convenient way to pay?

Paying online with a credit card is fast and secure. We accept American Express, Discover, Master Card and Visa.

Can I give you my card information over the phone, by fax, or by email?

For security reasons, membership fee payments are not accepted via fax or email.  Fee payments by credit or debit card may be made over the phone by calling (612) 333-1183 or (800) 882-6722.

What portion of my member dues are tax deductible?

Membership dues are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions for income tax purposes.  However, they may be tax-deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses subject to restrictions imposed as a result of Association lobbying activities. The nondeductible portion of your MSBA 2015-16 dues – the portion which is allocated to lobbying – is 3% plus any contribution to the Legislative Fund. 

How can I get a receipt for my purchase?

By paying your dues online, you will automatically receive an email receipt.

What if I want to pay my dues spread out over the year?  

Right now, we only have one option, to pay in a semi-annual basis.  ½ now and the 2ndhalf in January 2016.  (If you participated in the pilot 8 month billing option in 2015, you will be allowed to do so again.  You will have to call us to get this set up.  At this time, we are not equipped to handle any new monthly billers.)

What if I want to split my payment over two credit cards?

We can do that for you, but you’ll need to call us to get it done over the phone.

What if I was a New Admittee and enjoyed free dues last year?  

If you were a New Admittee last year, you may have signed up for multiple Districts and a high number of Sections.  You have the complete flexibility to edit the number of Districts to only what is required – 1 District (based on where you either work or live) and Sections (none required).

I am still having problems. What is the fastest way to get help?

Email dues@mnbar.org or call (612) 333-1183 or (800) 882-6722 and ask for help with your dues billing question.