PHV Annual Renewal Fees
How are the annual fees calculated and when does the attorney pay the annual renewal fee?
When an attorney is admitted pro hac vice in a WV civil action, the attorney must pay a fee of $350 to the WV State Bar pursuant to Rule 8 of the WV Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law. A separate fee must be paid for each civil action for which the attorney requests admission. In addition, if the attorney has been admitted for one year or more in one or more civil actions, the attorney must pay an annual fee of three hundred-fifty ($350) in addition to the application fee. The annual fee is charged per lawyer, not per civil action.
For example, if the attorney is admitted in one case on June 19, 2019, the attorney pays the initial $350 PHV admission fee. If that same attorney requests admission in 10 news cases on May 1, 2020, the attorney must pay the initial $350 PHV admission fee per civil action for a total of $3,500. The attorney must then pay one annual renewal fee of $350 by June 19, 2020. The oldest case (June 19, 2019) is the attorney’s annual renewal date and will trigger the annual fee notice. Even if the June 19, 2019 case settles or the attorney withdraws from the case, the June 19, 2019 case remains the oldest case in which the attorney requested and received admission and is still the attorney’s annual renewal date as long as the attorney is admitted PHV in any open civil action.
The State Bar will send notice in advance of the due date for the annual fee, and will provide notice of the date when the annual fee will become delinquent. Failure to pay the annual fee within thirty days of the due date will result in termination of the attorney’s right to practice law in WV.