State Bar Forms
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ADA Notice and Grievance Procedure
Client Security Fund
Continuing Legal Education
Fee Dispute Resolution
Foreign Legal Consultant
Good Standing, Discipline Letters, Bar App, and Bar ID Card Request
- For a Certificate of Good Standing from the NC Supreme Court (the highest court of the state) contact the NC Supreme Court.
- For a certificate as required by the NC Secretary of State for a PA, PC, or PLLC see the Professional Organizations section below.
(Submit the form via mail or email to email@example.com.)
If you are a complainant, you can request information about the status of a grievance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Law Student Certification
Petition for Transfer to Inactive Status
Petition for Reinstatement - Short Form (Inactive or Administratively Suspended 12 Months or Less)
Petition for Reinstatement - Long Form (Inactive or Administratively Suspended More Than 12 Months)
North Carolina State Bar Expense Report
Paralegal certification forms can be found at the Paralegal Certification website
Petition For Emeritus Pro Bono Status For Inactive Members
Petition for Pro Bono Practice by Out-of-State Lawyer
Statement Regarding Pro Bono Supervision for Emeritus or Out of State Attorney
Temporary Pro Bono Practice Form (Hurricane Florence)
Attorneys from other states may now register to provide pro bono assistance to those in North Carolina who were affected by Hurricane Florence. Clink on these links to read the Administrative Order from the North Carolina Supreme Court and the Proposed Amendment to Rule .0905.
Application processing time is three to five business days from date of receipt.
Click here to read an article on authorized practice compliance issues for interstate law firms.
Pro Hac Vice
Update Form for New Sponsoring Attorney (to update a prior Pro Hac Vice Admission Registration Statement when the NC sponsoring attorney has withdrawn and a new NC attorney has been appointed)
Specialization forms can be found on the Legal Specialization website
Note: The NC State Bar no longer requires trade name registration. Trade/Assumed names and d.b.a.s can be filed with the Register of Deeds for the county in which your firm exists.
Trade Name Guidelines
A lawyer or law firm may be designated by a trade name, a distinctive website address, social media username, or comparable professional designation. Such designations no longer need to be registered with the State Bar, but still must comply with Rule 7.1 in that such designations cannot be false or misleading.
For example, a law firm name or designation is misleading if it implies a connection with 1) a government agency, 2) a deceased or retired lawyer who was not a former principal of the firm, 3) a lawyer not associated with the firm or a predecessor firm, 4) a nonlawyer, or 5) a public or charitable legal services organization. See Rule 7.1 cmt. 5. Additionally, if a firm uses a trade name that includes a geographical name such as “Springfield Legal Clinic,” an express statement explaining that it is not a public or charitable legal services organization may be required to avoid a misleading implication. Id.
A trade name may also not compare a lawyer or law firm’s services with others or imply a promised result.
If you have questions about whether a trade name complies with Rule 7.1, you may request advice from the State Bar’s ethics department by emailing email@example.com.
Unauthorized Practice of Law