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Second Circuit Seeks Second Opinion on the Meaning of “Office” for Purposes of Non-Resident Lawyers – Update

April 15, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

For nearly three years, I’ve been tracking solo Ekaterina Schoenefeld’s challenge to the constitutionality of New York Judicial Code 470, which imposes an in-state office requirement – but only on nonresident lawyers. Schoenefeld won round one, when a federal district court judge ruled that the statute infringes on nonresident attorneys’ right to practice law in […]

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Tips for Choosing Virtual Office Space

February 18, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Many lawyers starting a practice opt for virtual office space  — basically, a physical location that provides various amenities such as a mailing address and forwarding, a few hours of office or conference room space and/or receptionist of answering services.  For lawyers with limited resources or who prefer to work from home, virtual space, in […]

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Delaware’s Bonafide Office Requirement Is Bonafide Hypocrisy & Bonafide Short-Sighted

January 3, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

You might say that recently sanctioned  Delaware attorney Fred Barakat didn’t set his sights high enough.  Suspended for two years for several disciplinary violations including representing clients from his Pennsylvania home without a bonafide office in Delaware, Barakat could have been a paragon rather than a pariah had he founded an #AltLaw operation instead of settling […]

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Solos Who Start From Home Aren’t Home Alone

September 30, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Over my years of blogging, I’ve devoted extensive coverage to the home v. office debate. I’ve acknowledged that for some practices, regions or personalities a home office won’t do and I’ve also suggested that many solos and smalls likely rent office space, at least some of the time, if it were more affordable. At the […]

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Growing Solo, Part II: Satellite Offices – New York/New Jersey Family & Business Law & Litigation Attorney Andrew M. Ayers

September 9, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

This post follows up on last week’s interview with Immigration attorney Amy Long who shared her experience on starting a satellite office. The post generated such positive feedback that today we’re interviewing another solo, Andrew Ayers on his experience expanding his Brooklyn, New York office to New Jersey.   To learn more about Andrew’s practice, which […]

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Office Debate Follow Up: Sustainable Solos, Sustainable Families

April 12, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

This post is a quick follow up to Would You Rent Office Space for $500 or Less? which has generated some useful feedback from other solos weighing in with personal experiences and opinions.  While you should read the comments directly, they generally fall into the following clusters of viewpoints: 1. Don’t start a firm unless […]

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Would You Rent Office Space If It Only Cost $500/Month – And What Can We Do To Make That Happen?

April 10, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

[Note - this is a long read, and it's about much more than the home vs. office debate but rather, the importance of affordable office space to the sustainability of solos and long term access to justice] Fishtown Lawyer Jordan Rushie makes some strong arguments in favor of renting office space when starting a firm. […]

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If You’re Looking to Work Away From Your Home or Office, There May be a Desk Near You…

November 13, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Contrary to conventional wisdom, Starbucks isn’t the only salvo for home office lawyers in search of a cure for cabin fever.  Thanks to this neat little site, Desksnear.me, lawyers who want a change of scenery from their current work environment, or who need a place to bill time while on the road or at an […]

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More on Coworking Options for Lawyers

September 18, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

A few months ago, I questioned whether the real estate market is keeping pace with solo needs.  But options are increasing, not just for entrepreneurs looking for co-working space, but lawyers as well. For example, here’s an article about a Minneapolis attorney who’s now a co-working tenant after rejecting other options: Minneapolis attorney K.M. Davis […]

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Office Space Options

July 30, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Along with several other solo colleagues, I’m quoted in this exhaustive Maryland Daily Record  piece on office rental options here in the D.C. area.  One aspect of the article that surprised me is the wide disparity in rental prices across the region.  One of the attorneys profiled pays $1900 for space in Beltsville, Maryland that […]

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