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Determination of A Bonafide NY Office Requirement Is Next Step To Its Demise

April 3, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

The New York Journal reports on a recent Court of Appeals ruling interpreting NY Judiciary Law §470 as requiring attorneys who are not residents of New York to maintain a physical office in the space to practice. That physical office requirement means a real space – not a kitchen table or a corner in Starbucks. […]

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New Law Firm, New Turf

February 13, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Like the entrepreneurialclients it serves, Washington D.C.-born Innovista Legal is taking a new risk just a few months after its September launch, moving to a 3000-square foot space in Richmond Virginia, reports Richmond Biz Sense. There, the firm will occupy the first commercial space in a mixed-use building.  Although the article doesn’t say what the […]

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Walmart Law’s Noble Roots

April 23, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Via Solo Practice University’s Susan Cartier-Liebel, I learned that $99 wills and have documents notarized  — at least at two Walmart locations in Canada. The services are offered through Axess , a bonafide law Canadian law firm, through small branch offices located at the entrance of two Walmart stores. Currently, customer-clients can access Axess for […]

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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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