Law Space Match - The Perfect Online Service for New Law School Grads

LawSpaceMatch.com is the perfect online service for newly graduated law students who are thinking of starting their own solo practice or small groups of graduates who want to hang out their own shingle. The purpose of LawSpaceMatch is to help attorneys looking for office space find law firms with available space. It is a match.com for lawyers seeking shared office space. 

The founder of LawSpaceMatch, a Mercer Law graduate, Elaine M. Russell was looking for a new office space for her solo corporate law practice in Atlanta, Georgia. After a frustrating search, yielding no website or source that connected her with open office space, she resorted to a door to door search for office space. Since pounding the pavement was not the best use of resources or time, Elaine developed LawSpaceMatch to save other attorneys from having to do the same legwork. This online service is free and easy to use and accessible to attorneys and firms with office space needs. Law firms with space to rent or sublet can post these listings and upload photographs on the website. Attorneys search for law office space that would match their needs. Since the online service covers all regions of the country, it enables solo practitioners in transition to hang a shingle in a different state or find a partner in a different part of the city or state to with which to share space. Lawyers and law students may also post their professional profile. Since attorneys are able to view each other's professional profiles, finding attorneys with similar practice areas with whom to share space is easier. Whether you are a new solo practitioner or a current practitioner looking to start a new practice, www.LawSpaceMatch.com can help you save time, space, and ultimately money.

Also, check out the legal blog at LawSpaceMatch.com Mercer law student Sarah Phaff has posted on the blog along with many others. If you are interested in contributing a blog post, please contact elaine@lawspacematch.com. Feel free to be creative with topics; anything that pertains to law or the importance of office sharing is welcomed. Our ultimate goal is to create a blog that not only informs readers about the open office spaces and the benefits of office sharing, but also paints them a broad picture of the current legal landscape. Also check out the podcast at http://bit.ly/pIIJax. Contributed by: By Sarah Phaff, 2L via Mercer Law Free Press See Also: A View From Law Students,

Attractive Midtown Law Space to Share

Great Midtown Atlanta Space has beautiful law office space available for you to share. Check out this law firm location today. Share attractive law office with 2 attorneys. AV rated firm. Two partner offices available. Brand new build out. Excellent location. Easy access. Overflow work available. Ample and well-appointed admin, conference and reception areas. Excellent break room. Modern, flexible phone and internet system. A chance to practice with experienced attorneys in a warm and supportive environment with low overhead and minimal hassles. Secretarial services available. Excellent location and views on Peachtree Street across from Woodruff Arts Plaza and High Museum. Sharing space is becoming more and more common among attorneys in this economic climate. With part-time attorneys seeking an office space to meet clients and have a place to land with their files other than a coffee shop, www.lawspacematch.com has become a solution for attorneys seeking law offices and shared space at the touch of the key pad. Attorneys search for free and law firms or attorneys may list the empty law space for free. With lawyers avoiding the signing of a long-term lease, and with not giving grand concessions, sharing law space is a solution. Even one Sandra Day O'Connor opted for after her law school graduation.

Lawyers: Don't Sign a Long Term Lease - Sublease space instead

Even lawyers are having a hard time finding a job in these economic times. And solo practitioners are hesitant before signing a long term lease usually requiring a personal guaranty. The good news is attorneys are sharing space and simultaneously saving money and improving business. There are many benefits of sharing law space.

The cooperative spirit of a group of attorneys who practice with each other is invaluable. Water cooler discussions lead to the exchange of valuable expertise with other lawyers and perhaps even a referral for a case or work project. This does not occur when an attorney practices law from home or a coffee shop. Another benefit of sharing law space is creating a better image in the eyes of clients. Attorneys are forming associations when they share space and link they names on the letterhead. They are setting themselves out as attorneys who are part of a law firm, even though they are neither partners nor sharing profits. Instead these lawyers are sharing expenses and saving money.

While there are State Bar rules governing the representation of a law firm where the lawyers are space sharing, the bottom line of disclosure to the client may be easily addressed in the retainer agreement. The retainer agreement with the client should clearly indicate that the lawyer is a professional corporation, a limited liability company or solo practitioner, and he or she is not an associate or partner of a law firm. (Each state has varying rules so check the State Bar for further reference). These guidelines may be easily met. Expansive letterhead of the association of lawyers sharing office space may show a client a more impressive image and office space than any one single lawyer could afford on her own. Expenses of copy machines and other office equipment are much less burdensome when costs are divided among space sharing lawyers.

The bottom line: an attorney may receive more for office rental dollars. Everything from water to paper may be shared and as long as there is a clearly written space sharing agreement, the arrangement adds prestige and cost savings. Attorneys are not signing long term leases; instead space sharing is a beneficial and prevalent concept. Of course, choosing with whom you wish to share office space is an individual choice and should be closely examined. In 2010, Elaine M. Russell created www.lawspacematch.com, a service that matches lawyers seeking to sublet space with unoccupied office space at compatible law firms around the country. Law office space and attorney profiles may be viewed at www.lawspacematch.com. Elaine M. Russell is a corporate and business attorney representing clients throughout Georgia and has an office located in the Buckhead section of Atlanta. See Also: A Resolution for Student Debt?, , Law Firms - Don't Use Your Empty Office Space for Storage - It's a Waste

July Brings Unemployment Claims for Georgia Lawyers

Bad news for lawyers. Unemployment rose in July, 2011 for Georgia lawyers and support staff. Last month 54 lawyers and 176 support staff in private practice filed for initial unemployment benefits according to the Georgia Department of Labor. Lawyers are feeling the pinch with a 17% increase in unemployment filings. Regarding legal support staff, a 12% increase in unemployment occurred in comparison to the 157 people who filed unemployment claims in June. A total of 230 Georgia legal industry workers filed claims in July. This is a 13% increase from June. These claims fall slightly shortly than the highest total claims filed since April (234 lawyers and staff filed claims). Legal workers are flocking to the Georgia Department of Labor for relief and these increased filings note the highest total number of monthly claims filed this year. The good news is that although July unemployment claims increased in June, the total claims filed by Georgia lawyers and staff for 2011 have decreased compared to 2010. Claims by lawyers in 2011 are down 13%, as compared to claims filed in 2010. Nationally, 1.1 million people in the legal services industry were without employment in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Legal industry layoffs increased by 1% the month, when compared to July 2010. While some legal firms have survived the initial economic downturn, the unemployment rate for Atlanta is still hovering between 9.7% and 10.4%. These recently unemployed lawyers may decide hanging their own shingle in hopes for the best. Benefits may merely include reduced costs of operating a law practice, especially in a legal community where jobs are scarce. By avoiding overhead costs and startup of law practice, lawyers can find unexpected benefits from office sharing. Advantages of attorneys sharing office space include sharing common expenses including maintaining support personnel, as well as providing the phone system and maintaining office equipment. Other benefits include daily contact with other lawyers who may provide a valuable opportunity to network, in addition to the assistance of more experienced lawyers in your law practice down the hall. Subleasing law offices from an existing firm provides an opportunity for these unemployed lawyers (and their legal staff) that appears mutually beneficial in light of the surplus office space available in Georgia. In 2010, Elaine M. Russell created www.lawspacematch.com, a service that matches lawyers seeking to sublet space with unoccupied office space at compatible law firms around the country. This law office space and other Atlanta law office may be viewed at www.lawspacematch.com. Elaine M. Russell is a corporate and business attorney representing clients throughout Georgia and has an office located in the Buckhead section of Atlanta. Notes: The Fulton Daily Report, August 31, 2011. See Also: The Business of Law, Law Firms with Unused Space

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LawSpaceMatch now has a podcast! Listen to CEO Elaine Russell discuss how her personal professional experience inspired her to create LawSpaceMatch and share her vision with the legal world on Mylegal.com. Check back frequently for new entries.

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