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Is a Virtual Law Office Right For Your Legal Practice?

By Barbara Beauregard   |    July 30, 2018   |    5:50 PM

Attorneys, Here’s What You Need to Know About Virtual Office Services

As the legal business landscape changes, attorneys must look for new ways to become more modern, more efficient, and (as a result) more profitable. One of the biggest ‘wins’ in terms of efficiency and cost is to explore non-traditional office settings, like virtual offices.

Traditional brick and mortar offices are a great choice for many legal practices, but they also come with high costs and inflexible lease terms. Virtual offices are a cost-effective way to elevate professionalism, and many offer access to a variety of additional services and solutions that make running your legal practice easier.

If you’re trying to decide between a traditional office and a virtual office for your law firm, keep reading to learn more about the biggest differences.

What is a virtual office?

The term ‘virtual office’ can refer to a variety of setups, but at its core, a virtual office provides members on-demand access to office space and office services.

Virtual office space includes shared and open coworking spaces, rentable executive suites, private offices, conference rooms, and other types of office accommodations. Office tools are also available, like printers, fax machines, and video conferencing equipment.

Virtual office services are similarly diverse, and businesses might have access to receptionists, assistants with specialized knowledge of the legal industry, marketing help, and more.

Why do attorneys choose to operate a virtual law office?

A virtual office isn’t the right choice for every legal professional, but it can be a great option for many legal professionals. Small firms and solo practitioners are among the biggest advocates of virtual office space and services, but attorneys who spend many of their days in court can also benefit.

Affordability and flexible membership terms are some of the most attractive perks, but if these additional scenarios resonate with you, it may be worth testing out a virtual office:

  • It’s time to sort through discovery! But, who will answer the phones while the team works, and where will all of that documentation go? Rentable office space and on-demand assistance streamline the discovery process.
  • Sometimes, a client needs to meet face-to-face. If you don’t have access to an office, where do you meet clients? With virtual offices, you can rent out large and small spaces alike. As an added bonus, these office suites are often located in well-known areas with prestige.
  • Your cases often bring you to courts in different cities, and sometimes even different states. When partnering with a virtual office company that has several locations, finding a space to work from while on the road is much easier.
  • Who helps out with administrative projects like billing, reminder calls to clients, and other routine tasks? Virtual office services provide a cost-effective solution that helps keep your practice running smoothly.

If this sounds like the office solution you’ve needed, and you’d like to learn more about virtual offices for legal professionals, this white paper is a must-read.

But, do you want to know the best part of virtual office spaces and services? Everything is available a la carte. That means you can pick what you pay for — simply choose what your business needs, then carry on doing what you do best: practicing law.