When a law firm first joins the LPF, the employees and directors have one year to decide whether or not they wish to join. However, once the firm has joined all new employees and directors are required to join the LPF within 12 months of employment.
A firm which participates in the LPF will generally register a new member on the LPF after he or she has completed the firm's probation period. The date the member is required to join should be found in the letter of appointment.
When a member joins the LPF, a New Entrant form and Beneficiary form must be completed. The new entrant forms should be submitted to Alexander Forbes by the 8th of the month in which the member is to join the Fund. Therefore, to join on 1 August, the forms must reach Alexander Forbes by 8 August. The first deduction will be made from the member's August salary.