Membership Fees

 

Application Fee

The initial application fee is $200.00. It covers the cost of opening a membership file and reviewing the application. It is non-refundable regardless of the decision on the application. However, upon acceptance into the CanonLawyer Clergy Assistance Plan, the initial application fee is applied to the membership fee for the first year of membership.   CanonLawyer, Inc. reserves the right to decline any application for membership in the CanonLawyer Clergy Assistance Plan. The application for membership will be reviewed and a decision will be made based upon the information provided. If there is a pending Title IV complaint at the time of application for membership, the nature of the pending complaint and the status of the proceedings may affect membership fees, but will not necessarily disqualify a member of the Clergy from membership, and even if an application for membership is declined, CanonLawyer, Inc. may still be retained to act as an Advisor or Counsel at a reduced rate. 


 

Standard Membership

The standard basic membership fee for a Clergy member of the CanonLawyer Clergy Assistance Plan is $1,200.00 per year.  That fee covers all services rendered by the canon law professsionals at CanonLawyer, Inc. for representing the Clergy member in a Title IV proceeding.   The only additional cost of representation is necessary out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the canon law professionals, including, but not limited to travel, and no such additional costs will be incurred without the prior consent of the Clergy member.  This standard basic membership fee is available only if no complaint or proceeding has been initiated against the Clergy member at the time his or her membership application is filed.  Once a member of the Clergy has become a member of the CanonLawyer Clergy Assistance Plan and remains a member in good standing by timely paying his or her annual membership fee, there will be no additional fees charged for representation regardless of how long the matter takes or the amount of time expended on behalf of the Clergy member in connection with the matter. 

 

 Retired and Non-stipendiary Clergy Rate

The membership fee for Retired and Non-stipendiary Clergy in the CanonLawyer Clergy Assistance Plan is $600.00 per year.  This reduced annual membership fee is limited to Clergy members who are not engaged in full-time ministry.

 

Non-member Rate

The usual and customary hourly rate for representation of a member of the Clergy in a Title IV proceeding by CanonLawyer, Inc. is $250.00 per hour for the servces of Michael F. Rehill and $150.00 per hour for the services of Pamela L. Lutz, plus necessary out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the canon law professionals, including travel, with a minimum retainer of $5,000.00.

 

 Application with Pending Complaint or Proceeding

If a complaint against the Clergy member of the CanonLawyer Clergy Assistance Plan has been filed with the Intake Officer prior to the filing of  his or her membership application,  the retainer for a Clergy member of the CanonLawyer Assistance plan is $3,500.00.   If the matter proceeds beyond the Conference Panel to a Hearing Panel, the Clergy member will receive a reduced fee for representation of $200.00 per hour for the services of Michael F. Rehill and $150.00 per hour for the services of Pamela L. Lutz,plus necessary out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the canon law professionals, including travel.  This represents a significant cost saving to members of the CanonLawyer Clergy Assistance Plan compared to the fees charged to non-members. 

 

 Appeals

Basic membership fees do not cover the cost of appealing from the decision of a Hearing Panel to a Provincial Court of Review.  However, if in the opinion of the canon law professionals at CanonLawyer, Inc. there is a meritorious basis for an appeal, CanonLawyer, Inc. will agree to represent the Clergy member in an appeal at the reduced fee of $200.00 per hour plus necessary out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the canon law professionals, including, but not limited to,  the printing of the Record and the cost of travel.  A separate retainer will be required.  

 

Fees are Non-refundable

All fees paid by to CanonLawyer, Inc. are non-refundable.  That is true even if a Clergy member chooses to leave The Episcopal Church or ceases to be a member of the Clergy of The Episcopal Church for whatever reason.