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Tell the bar if you move

Nearly a quarter of the State Bar’s membership — some 45,000 lawyers — changes their address every year. And although the Business & Professions Code requires attorneys to notify the bar about that address change, it often doesn’t happen.

Under B&P ยง6002.1, active and inactive members have 30 days to notify the State Bar about a change of address. Some law firms now ask departing employees to fill out the State Bar’s change of address form.

Complete information about changing an address can be found on the bar’s Web site, calbar.ca.gov; click on Attorney Address Change in the right-hand menu. The change can be made online, by mail or by fax, and if done by mail or fax, must include a photocopy of one piece of identification, such as a driver’s license, State Bar membership card, passport, California identification card, military identification card or birth certificate.

A particularly difficult problem is keeping track of members who have died. There is no requirement that a family or business notify the State Bar of an attorney’s death, but the Member Services Center asks that the bar be notified if you are aware that a lawyer has died.

The Member Services Center can be contacted at 1-888-800-3400.

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