Your Guide to Benefits and Services for Missouri Bar Members At Your Service

First and foremost, service to Missouri lawyers is a major focus of The Missouri Bar. This guide is only the beginning to provide an overview of benefits and services that are available to you as a Missouri Bar member. The realm of services doesn’t end with this guide. The Missouri Bar is at your service to assist with the advancement of your professional career as a lawyer. For more details or personal assistance, contact The Missouri Bar at (573) 635-4128.

 Missouri Bar Membership Savings and Value

Member Benefits

LawPay Merchant Account -- Credit Card Processing
  • Correctly safeguards and separates client funds into trust and operating accounts
  • Save up to 25% off credit card processing fees
 

UPS Shipping Service
  • Up to 30% discount off UPS Next Day Air, UPS Worldwide Express and UPS 2nd Day Air
  • 10% off business services at UPS Stores
 

ABA Book Discount
  • Wide variety of ABA publications offered at a discounted rate 
 

ABA TECHSHOW
 

 
Travel Program by GoNext
  • Variety of travel packages offered annually
 

Software Discounts

Dobson Technologies Cloud Backup & Hosting
  • Offers cloud backup, recovery and hosting solutions for lawyers.
  • Missouri Bar members save 15% on services.
 

CLIO

Clio is a cloud-based legal practice management platform that keeps your all-important matters, contacts and documents available anywhere. If you use other popular cloud services, like Dropbox or Google Apps, Clio will tie them together in a single, easy-to-use system. Features include time-tracking, comprehensive calendaring, and billing.

Members of The Missouri Bar receive a 10% lifetime discount on Clio, in addition to:

  • A free trial
  • Live 1:1 web demonstrations
  • Unlimited access to live customer support and training
 

Tabs3/PracticeMaster
  • Reliable, easy-to-use, seamlessly integrated software products ranging from billing to practice management, check writing, to general ledger and trust accounting.
  • Been in use in law firms for over 30 years.
  • Newest version provides even better tools for tracking and entering time.
 

EasySoft

EasySoft has been a leading legal software producer since 1986. They provide software for:

  • Time & Billing Management
  • Trust Account Management
  • Family Law
  • Real Estate Closings
  • Real Estate Documents
 

Free Legal Research by Fastcase
  • Access on MOBAR website with Bar number and PIN
 

LexisNexis
  • Discounted legal research by LexisNexis
 

Insurance

 
  • Professional Liability Insurance through The Bar Plan
  • Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, ING Travel Assistance through The Bar Plan
  • Health Insurance Brokerage Service through the McGinnis Group
  • Guaranteed Renewable Disability Insurance through Mutual of Omaha
  • Non-Cancelable Disability Insurance through The Guardian
 

Retirement Planning Through Tax Favored Benefits
  • 401(k) Profit Sharing, Other Types of Retirement Plans
  • No Cost Second Opinion of Existing Plans
  • Custom Plan Design
  • Reduced Cost for Installation, Documentation, and Plan Administration
 

Member Services

Jobs Bank
  • Free listing of jobs on MOBAR website for those seeking employment and those posting a job opportunity
  • Office space/office sharing listings
 

Lawyers in a Changing Economy
  • Special board committee focused on assisting lawyers in a struggling economy
  • Website of resources
  • Lawyer Survival Guide (developed by the Leadership Academy)
  • Free “How to” Practical Skills Short Courses online on various practice areas (under development)
  • Discounted products and services
 

Law Practice Management Services
  • Law Practice Management Online Center Website
  • Articles, checklists, lots of information
  • Resources including: Sample Fee Agreements, ClientKeeper forms, Trust Funds Handbook, Planning Ahead Guide (in case of death or disability), others
  • Consultations with Practice Management Advisor (free-of-charge)
  • Assistance with starting a law practice or managing your practice
  • Assistance with technology
  • Lending Library of resources
  • CLE Courses
  • Getting Your Practice Back on Track program
 

Economic Survey
  • Snapshot of lawyer incomes and salaries in Missouri
  • Available on Members Only website
 

MOLAP (Missouri Lawyers' Assistance Program)
  • Assistance with addiction, personal and marital problems, stress, aging issues
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker on staff
  • Free-of-charge for lawyers, family members, law students
  • Confidential
 

Publications
 

Social Media
 
 

Committees, Sections ,and Listservs
  • sfig (Solo and Small Firm Committee) listserv
  • Every committee and section has a listserv
  • Participate in legislative activities
  • Committee meetings in May and November
    • Educational opportunities
     
  • Young Lawyers’ (YLS) and Family Law Sections
 

CLE Programs and Publications
  • Wide variety of seminars offered throughout the state
  • Webinars, Telephone, In Person
    • Hardship Policy – free or reduced admission
    • CLE Season Pass
     
  • Deskbooks and Guidebooks written by Missouri lawyers about the law in Missouri
    • Many include forms
     
 

Help to Find New Clients
  • Lawyer Referral Service
  • LawyerSearch – Database of lawyers accepting new clients that is accessed by prospective clients from the bar’s website
    • Free-of-charge to prospective clients
    • Free sign up for lawyers
    • Listed by county and practice areas
     
 

Connect with Colleagues at Conferences and Events
  • Solo and Small Firm Conference (June) www.sasfconference.org
    • Earn all MCLE credits needed for the reporting year
    • Low registration pricing that includes meals
    • Outstanding networking opportunity
    • Family-friendly event
     
  • Family Law Conference (August)
  • Annual Meeting/Judicial Conference (September/October)
  • MOLAP Conference (Fall)
  • Spring and Fall Committee Meetings (May and November)
 

MOBAR Website www.mobar.org
  • Members Only
    • Change Address/Contact Information
    • Member Directory – your best contact source for Missouri lawyers
    • Join Committees/Listservs
    • File MCLE Report Online
    • Sign up for LawyerSearch service
    • Pay annual enrollment fee by credit card
    • Access ABA Book Discount
    • Access Forms Bank
     
 

MoBar Net
  • Check records online direct from the Missouri Department of Revenue
    • Obtain driving records
    • Motor Vehicle, Marine and Dealer Registrations
     
  • Criminal History Checks
  • St. Louis and Kansas City area municipal courts, warrants
  • Subscription Service
  • Partner with REJIS – St. Louis
 

Fee Dispute Resolution Program
  • Assists to resolve disputes between attorneys and clients over fees charged for legal services
  • Mediation, arbitration, facilitation
  • No cost
  • Confidential
 

Complaint Resolution Program
  • Less serious complaints referred from OCDC
  • Facilitation between parties to attempt resolution
  • Confidential
 

Lawyer-to-Lawyer Dispute Resolution Program
  • Assists to resolve disputes between lawyers over money, property, law firm break ups, unprofessional behavior
  • Facilitation, binding arbitration
  • No cost
  • Confidential
 

Leadership Academy
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Learn about The Missouri Bar
  • Transition into bar leadership
 

Meeting space – Missouri Bar Center
  • Any member may pre-arrange to use meeting space free-of-charge for depositions, client meetings, mediation/arbitration, others
 

Legislative Activities and Advocacy
  • The Missouri Bar works to improve Missouri’s laws
  • Advocates for or against legislation that affects the administration of justice, integrity of the judiciary, or dignity of the profession of law.