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Is my law practice an essential business?

This is a question we hear regularly. The answer varies from state to state, and has caused confusion for many attorneys. If a law practice is not considered “essential,” does that mean the attorney can’t work at all? Absolutely not. It simply means they can’t conduct business in their physical space, or they must abide by guidelines set out by the state. Working remotely is always an option in any state.

We decided to compile every state’s executive orders or proclamations that discuss essential businesses. We’ve created an easy-to-read chart that lists each state, summarizes key provisions, and provides a yes or no answer as to whether an attorney’s law practice can be conducted in a physical office. We hope you find this resource valuable, and we look forward to continuing to provide important information to support you and your practice during these turbulent times.

State Orders Regarding Essential Businesses During COVID-19

If you’re new to working remotely or managing a business remotely, we can help! If you’d like a personal consultation to see how we can help you transition to a remote practice, please contact Law as a Business (LAB) Services.


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