Frequently Asked Questions

The Law Association has recently made changes to its website and how to access your account. 

As part of these changes, The Law Association has upgraded the way members can access their accounts with us. Unfortunately, some members are experiencing technical issues when trying to access their accounts. 

If you are experiencing any issues or have feedback, please get in touch with us via helpdesk@thelawassociation.nz  or 09 871 1385.

The Law Association Background

Why did The Law Association Members need to vote on the name change?

A change of name was required due to The Law Association rules, and we wanted to seek member approval.

Will there be any impact on ADLS’ legal forms?

There will be no impact on ADLS’ legal forms and the copyright remains as is.  There will only be a name change on the forms you use.

Why does The Law Association want to add New Zealand to its name?

In October 2023, following a member vote, we officially changed our name to The Law Association Incorporated (The Law Assocation). As the only independent representative body for the legal industry in New Zealand, we would like our name to reflect our nationwide footprint.

It is proposed that our name, The Law Association be extended to include New Zealand, thereby becoming The Law Association of New Zealand Incorporated. This was announced under General Business at our AGM on 7 March 2024.

What am I being asked to vote on?

(a) Rule 2.1 be amended by changing the name “The Law Association Incorporated” to “The Law Association of New Zealand Incorporated” with consequent changes to the name of the Association where used on the cover page and page 1 of the Rules.

Membership

Has membership pricing changed?

We have simplified the number of pricing groups to Member and Non-Member only.

A firm pricing structure has been introduced based on the number of lawyers in a firm which is valid for the 12-month renewal period.  During this period, no matter how many lawyers join your firm, they are entitled to The Law Association membership until the next renewal period.

This is a fixed charge for the period of membership regardless of growth/decline of lawyer numbers for that membership period.

To find out more about The Law Association firm membership, fill out the Firm Membership Enquiry Form here and someone will get back to you with more information shortly.

Who is eligible for membership in The Law Association?

Any individual with a recognised law degree and a valid New Zealand practicing certificate is eligible for membership.

What is the membership duration?

The Law Association membership is valid for one year. The subscription period runs from 1st February to 31st January the following year. During this period, members can enjoy all the benefits and privileges associated with their membership.

Can I join or renew my membership at any time of the year?

While memberships are processed annually, you can join or renew your membership at any time during the membership year. However, regardless of when you join, your membership will be valid until the end of the subscription period on 31st January of the following year.

What are the different membership types available?

The Law Association offers various membership types including Firm Membership, Lawyer Member, Qualified Member, Contributing Member, and Student Membership. Each type has specific eligibility criteria and benefits. For more information, click here.

What is Firm Membership?

Firm Membership is for firms that wish to have an organisational membership.  This entitles all (100%) of their employed lawyers (valid New Zealand Practicing Certificate holders) membership to The Law Association. Firm Memberships provide access to exclusive benefits and discounts.

How can I apply for membership?

You can apply for membership by filling out the online membership application form available on our website. Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for your desired membership type.

What benefits do members receive?

Firm Members enjoy a range of benefits including discounts on CPD bookings, networking events, books, and WebForm® . They also receive complimentary subscriptions to LawNews and the eBulletin. For more information, please visit our website.

How are membership fees determined?

Firm membership fees are based on the number of lawyers employed within the firm.

Individual lawyer and qualified memberships are available at $275.00 per person per year, and Student membership is complimentary. For more information, please reach out to the Law Association membership team.

How to pay for memberships
  • Individual Members can charge their membership fee to a credit card.
  • Firm membership fees will be advised via invoice with standard payment terms.
  • For firm purchases, a firm administrator will be appointed in each firm who can purchase for that firm.  They can also assign rights to others within that firm to purchase on account.
Are there any membership discounts?

We have rationalised our product discounts over our product categories.

CPD30%
Events25%
Webforms, ELF & Constitution55%
Bookstore10%
NZLD & SPSS30%

How do I renew my membership?

Membership renewals, including firm memberships, are processed on an annual basis. For firm memberships, the primary contact designated by the firm will receive a renewal notice via email, which will include an attached invoice. Individual memberships will also receive their renewal notices in the same manner.

Can I transfer my membership to another individual or firm?

Memberships are non-transferable. Each membership is specific to the individual or firm to which it is registered.

How can I access my invoices and membership statements?

You can access your invoices and statements through the customer portal here.

What is the cancellation policy for membership?

Membership cancellations are subject to the terms and conditions outlined in the Membership Agreement. For specific inquiries regarding cancellations, please contact our membership support team membership@thelawassociation.nz.

I have more questions. How can I contact The Law Association for assistance?

For further assistance, you can reach out to our membership support team via email at membership@thelawassociation.nz. We are here to help answer any additional queries you may have regarding your membership or benefits.

Can I subscribe to WebForms?

Any firm can subscribe to WebForms. Firm members have access to WebForms discounts.  To access discounts to WebForms, a firm subscription is required.

Can I purchase tickets at a discounted member rate for other people who are not members?

No, your discount applies to yourself only. The discounted member rate is exclusive to individual members and cannot be extended to non-member attendees. Each member is entitled to their individual discount for events and tickets.

Membership Terms and Conditions

Membership Duration: Membership is valid for one year and the subscription period runs from 1 February to 31 January the following year.

Membership Fees: Membership fees are subject to change and are non-refundable.

Termination of Membership: The Law Association reserves the right to terminate or suspend membership in case of misconduct or breach of rules.

Data Protection: Member data will be used for association-related communications and will not be shared with third parties.

Jurisdiction: Any legal disputes arising out of or in connection with membership shall be governed by the laws of New Zealand.

Recent System Updates

How do you access your account?

To access your account, members need to reset their account password.  Simply follow the steps below to do this. 

Step 1
Go to  https://thelawassociation.nz/ 

Step 2
Click the Login icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Step 3
On the login page, click on ‘Forgot your password’.

Step 4
Enter your email address here and push send.

Your reset password link will be sent to your email address. Click on the link or copy and paste the text of the link into a browser window. This will prompt you to enter and confirm your new password.   

Press the Reset button and follow the link to the login page.

If you are experiencing any issues or have feedback, please get in touch with us via helpdesk@thelawassociation.nz

Please note: Passwords need to be at least 8 characters and must contain at least three of the following classes: uppercase, lowercase, digit(s) and non-alphanumeric (special characters).

Why have you been sent a password reset email?

Because we recently made updates to our systems, you are required to reset your password for security purposes. We sent an email out to the email address on your The Law Associaiton account at 10:30am on Monday 29 May. This email is not spam. Please follow the instructions in the email to reset your password. You can call us on our dedicated helpline 09 871 1385 or on our usual number 09 303 5270.

How do I change my temporary password to a personalised one?

Please follow the following steps to change your temporary password to a personalised password:

  1. Log in to your account using the temporary password provided by the membership at https://portal.thelawassociation.nz/SignIn.   
  2. Navigate to the top right corner on the page where your name is displayed. Click on your name to reveal a menu of options and select ‘My Profile’.  
  3. You’ll be directed to your profile page where you can view your information. Scroll down to the option ‘Change password’, click on it to proceed to the next page.
  4. On the password change page, enter your username, the temporary password provided as the old password, and your desired new password.  
  5. Once you’ve entered the required information, click on ‘Change password’ to confirm the changes.
Fax changes

The Law Association no longer operates a fax number. If you need to contact us you can call us on 09 303 5270 or email us on reception@thelawassociation.nz

What if your password is pre-populating when you go to reset it?

If you are resetting your password, and your browser is prepopulating with a different password, delete out the old password and type in a new one. The system does not allow for you to reset your password with a pre-populated one.

Why is your help line phone number different to your normal phone number?

To ensure speedy assistance regarding recent system updates, we have created a dedicated phone line staffed by a dedicated team to assist you. You can email us on our dedicated email address of helpdesk@thelawassociation.nz or call us on our dedicated line 09 871 1385

CPD

Who can book a CPD event?
A CPD administrator can book on behalf of members of their firm. Individuals can book themselves.
Can I select whether a firm or an individual is charged for a CPD event?
Any CPD event can be charged to an individual or if the firm is set up in our records, it can be charged directly to the firm. If the firm is not set up in our records, please contact the Membership Team at membership@thelawassociation or call 09 303 5270
What happens if I want to change who attends the CPD event?
Contact the CPD team by sending an email to cpd@thelawassociation.nz or call 09 303 5270.
Will my CPD event be automatically updated to my CPD record?

Yes

How do I find and complete my booked On Demand activities?

Go to My Registrations.

How do I manage CPD for my firm?

Go to My Firm Members CPD summary. This provides a list of your members CPD activity. There, you will be able to add non The Law Association CPD activity and book an event on behalf of your firm members.

How do I find and download a record of my CPD?

Go to My CPD Plan and click on Request CPD history.

How do I add CPD from other providers to my CPD record?

Go to My CPD and click on Add my CPD.

How do I add or edit my CPD learning outcomes/reflections?

Complete the form associated with the activity. It will then update your record.

What happens if I have created a new login by accident?

If you believe you have created a new login in error, please contact us on helpdesk@thelawassociation.nz or call us on 09 871 1385.

How do I carry over hours from the previous CPD year?

Up to 5 carry over hours will be automatically added to the following year’s CPD Plan. Ensure that a CPD Plan is created for the new year so that any CPD carry over hours from the previous year will be automatically added. The new CPD Plan will need to be populated for this to occur.

CPD On Demand

If you are having any issues in regard to our On Demand products please contact cpd@thelawassociation.nz

Finance

How to view invoices

Any new and open invoices can be viewed in your account profile now whilst any past invoices can be obtained by contacting AR@thelawassociation.nz. We plan to have a window showing your last statement in the coming months as well.

If you have a specific inquiry regarding this, please contact us via helpdesk@thelawassociation.nz and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

How to pay for memberships
  • Individual Members can charge their membership fee to a credit card.
  • Firm membership fees will be advised via invoice with standard payment terms.
  • For firm purchases, a firm administrator will be appointed in each firm who can purchase for that firm.  They can also assign rights to others within that firm to purchase on account.
Can you pay via direct debit?

Direct debit is now available.  If your firm is interested in more information please contact AR@thelawassociation.nz

WebForms®

Are there any changes to Webforms®?

There are no changes to WebForms® access, usability, or pricing.

Publications

eBulletin

Please be aware that the eBulletin has now moved to a fortnightly schedule. 

We apologise for any inconvenience and in the meantime, if you have any questions about eBulletin, please contact us via either Bulletin@thelawassociation.nz or membership@thelawassociation.nz

Find a Lawyer

Does The Law Association still offer "Find a Lawyer"?

“Find a Lawyer” has now been updated and is back on the The Law Association website. If you have any questions about “Find a Lawyer”, please contact us via either helpdesk@thelawassociation.nz or membership@thelawassociation.nz 

Contact Info

How do I get in touch with you?

If your query is about your membership, contact membership@thelawassociation.nz

If your query is about CPD, contact cpd@thelawassociation.nz

If your query is about WebForms, contact webforms@thelawassociation.nz

If you have a different query or it is urgent, please call 09 303 5270.

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