Starting a new business and want to look professional? Rent a virtual office. That is what many businesses and professionals are discovering. A virtual office gives you a live voice to take messages, a receptionist to take delivery of mail and a professional place to meet clients and customers. If you are working from home and cannot meet clients/customers there, this is a great way to office on a shoestring. Some office buildings charge slightly extra to put your company name on the listings in the building. You could also use the phone number as your own in the directory. You can book a conference room in advance for meetings, presentations and slide shows. A great idea for professional women working from home who cannot meet clients for safety and privacy reasons. It is economical too! So of course there had to be one jurisdiction that hates the idea.
In New Jersey, lawyers are not allowed to use virtual offices because it violates the State rules of professional responsibility. Lawyers in New Jersey must be available to clients to answer questions posed by courts and clients. Lawyers practicing out of their homes in New Jersey can still practice there as long as they can meet clients at home. For more details, click here. The question is, what about cities which don’t allow the business to put out a shingle? I live in one such city in Missouri, part of the reason I considered a virtual office. Part-time attorneys and part-time business owners may also like the idea of a virtual office. Such a pity that New Jersey has to be so ‘stone age’.
See you in my next post.
Nalini S Mahadevan, JD, MBA
Attorney at Law
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