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New Jersey Allows Attorneys to Have Virtual Offices

Posted on February 9, 2013 ยท Posted in Leasing

New Jersey lawyers can now conduct business through virtual offices following a change by the NJ Supreme Court that relaxed officing requirements.

As of Feb. 1, lawyers can now operate through non-traditional office space in a move that recognizes that in the age of email, voicemail and outsourcing, traditional office space doesn’t make financial sense for small practices. Virtual offices provide users with a premium address and add-on business services at a fraction of the cost of traditional office space.

The move comes as a surprise to some. In fact just 3 years ago, the state’s ethics advisory committee determined that virtual offices should not be permitted because they represented an appointment-only time share. They voiced concerns about whether a move from brick-and-mortar locations would hurt the legitimacy of legal practices and whether reception services had the power to act on an attorney’s behalf.

Regardless of where any attorney chooses to office, the state must be able to inspect all of their files on short notice and lawyers licensed in other states who practice in New Jersey must continue to maintain a physical office.

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