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The HCBA is now offering two convenient new dues payment options for members when renewing or beginning their membership: quarterly automatic payments, and automatic annual membership renewal.

Quarterly Automatic Payments Option
Annual membership dues amount to be paid online with a credit card in four installments, rather than in full at the beginning of the Bar year.

Q: For which membership categories is this payment option available?
A: The quarterly payment option is available only for the following membership categories: attorney, affiliate, and government attorney or active-duty military.

Q: How do I enable this payment option?
A: To select this option when renewing or starting a membership, you will need to choose the membership category that specifies “Installment Payments” for your membership type (i.e., attorney, affiliate, government attorney). Once you select this category, the webpage will show your membership fee broken into four equal installments.

Q: Are there any additional processing fees associated with this payment option?
A: An additional $2.50 processing fee will be automatically added to each quarterly payment, for a total of $10 in processing fees for an annual membership.

Q: At what time of year can this payment option be started?
A: The quarterly automatic payment option is available during the annual membership renewal period from May 1 to September 15, for each new Bar year, which begins on July 1. After September 15, memberships can still be purchased for the Bar year, but the quarterly payment option will not be available.

Q: How does the automatic payment schedule work?
A: The schedule of automatic payments will be determined by dividing the period from the date when the membership is initially renewed/started through June 30 of the following year into four installments. The first payment will be automatically deducted when the membership is renewed/started. The subsequent payments will automatically be deducted thereafter from the credit card provided based on your payment schedule.

Q: Will I be able to review, change or delete this payment option during the year?
A: You will be able to see your membership category and payment schedule online whenever you wish in your membership profile on the HCBA website. If you wish to pay the remainder of your membership fee or change your membership category at any time, please contact the HCBA office at (813) 221-7777.

Q: What will happen if my credit card expires or does not work when it is billed?
A: If your credit card is scheduled to expire before your next payment or is denied for some reason when the system tries to charge it, you will receive an automatic notification email from HCBA. The email will include a link to your outstanding dues invoice, so you can update your credit card information in the system. After 60 days of non-payment of a quarterly installment, your membership will be suspended until the credit card information is updated on your membership profile.

Q: Does the quarterly payment option automatically renew each year?
A: The quarterly payment option does not automatically continue into the next Bar year, and will need to be selected every year when renewing your membership online if you want to continue this payment option.

Q: Can I choose both the quarterly payment option and the automatic annual renewal option at the same time?
Due to technological constraints, members cannot select the quarterly payment option and the automatic annual renewal option at the same time.


Automatic Annual Renewal Option
Option for automatic annual membership fee payment using a credit card.

Q: What membership categories is this payment option available for?
A: This option is available to all membership categories except the student category.

Q: How do I enable this payment option and how does it work?
A: To select this payment option when renewing or starting a membership, you will need to choose the membership category that specifies “Automatic Renewal” for your membership type (i.e., attorney, affiliate, government attorney). Once you select this category, the system will create an invoice for the following Bar year which will be automatically billed to your credit card provided each year on your membership renewal/start date.

Q: Will I be able to review, change or delete this payment option during the year?
You are able to see your membership category and invoices whenever you wish in your membership profile on the HCBA website. If you wish to cancel your automatic renewal or change your membership category at any time please contact the HCBA office at (813) 221-7777.

Q: What will happen if my credit card expires or does not work when it is billed?
If your credit card is scheduled to expire before your next payment or is denied for some reason when the system tries to charge it, you will receive an automatic notification email from HCBA. The email will include a link to your outstanding dues invoice, so you can update your credit card information in the system. Your membership will not renew until the credit card information is corrected on your membership profile.

Q: Can I choose both the quarterly payment option and the automatic annual renewal option at the same time?
Due to technological constraints, members cannot select the automatic annual renewal option and the quarterly payment option at the same time.

If you have questions about these new payment options, please contact the HCBA at (813) 221-7777.

(Updated: May 1, 2017)