Frequently Asked Questions
Questions About the Law Firm Suites Community and
Questions About Amenities, Services & Additional
Questions About Technology
Questions about the Law Firm Suites
Community and Referral System
Is sharing space with other lawyers better for my practice?
YES! Law is not a profession that is best practiced alone. Sharing space with
other lawyers will help your practice in the following ways:
Increase strategic referrals. Law Firm Suites Referral System helps facilitate
referrals between our clients.
- Take on more matters and expand your bottom line. Opportunities to co-counsel
with attorneys in other practice areas allow you to take on matters that may
be outside your 'comfort zone,' increasing revenues.
- Reduce malpractice risk. Easy access to other legal experts to talk through
issues reduces the risk of malpractice and helps you become a better advisor
to your clients.
- Build better client relationships by making good referrals. You have access
to talented lawyers to whom you can refer business that you cannot service
yourself. Clients will appreciate the referral, and you can easily stay on
top of the matter as it progresses.
- Impress clients with more professional looking offices than what you may
be able to afford on your own. Commercial office space in Manhattan is expensive.
By sharing office space at Law Firm Suites, you will have access to nicer
offices and better amenities at a much lower cost than if you rent office
space on your own.
- Successful neighbors makes you strive to be a better lawyer. Lawyers are
competitive by nature. Surrounding yourself with other successful lawyers
will force you to play a 'bigger game'. You will see growth in your practice
just by showing up to work.
- Be a part of Community of interesting people. We rent offices to lawyers
who have exciting lives outside of the office. You'll meet rock musicians
and photographers, golf journalists, snowboarders, skiers, sailors, foodies,
world travelers, game show junkies, new parents, grandparents...and more.
Law Firm Suites is a Community of lawyers who are eager to help you be successful.
What kinds of practices are there now?
Law Firm Suites is a workhorse for the solo practitioner. You will instantly
enjoy the support of a law firm environment without having to tie up your
finances-- and future -- with anyone else.
- Built-in networking increases referrals of new work
- Learn other attorneys' secrets for managing firm growth
- Opportunities to share resources and staff with other lawyers
- Focus your time, energy, and money on the most effective marketing strategies
- Leverage technology and systems developed by other LFS lawyers
Shared office space improves your bottom line when you have 2 - 3 partners or
2 - 3 employees.
- Enjoy the synergy and support of other lawyers in the same 'boat' as you.
- Stay on top of changes and developments in the law
- Utilize back-up support while on vacation or are out of the office for a prolonged
period of time.
- Learn how other attorneys leverage technology to beat much bigger firms
How much business gets referred in Law Firm Suites?
We estimate that over $1.5 million in business gets exchanged each year. Of
course, business sometimes gets exchanged that we do not hear about which will
increase this number. Although no client is obligated to tell us about the referrals
they make to other clients in Law Firm Suites, we do our best to keep track
of referrals that get exchanged. As our clients' practices grow and Law Firm
Suites continues to expand the space we have available for rent, we expect this
number to grow exponentially.
What if I'm just starting out, is Law Firm Suites still a good fit?
Yes! Law Firm Suites is the stepping stone that will get your practice started
off on the right foot.
- Get the mentoring you need for marketing and practice development to 'hit
the ground running'. Learn:
--What it takes to market a new practice.
--Low cost techniques to find more clients with limited time and budget.
--A deeper understanding of what it takes to become a rainmaker.
- Profit from co-counsel opportunities with other lawyers, or do contract work
to 'fill in the gaps'.
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How does Law Firm Suites' Referral System work?
Lawyers are naturals at giving (and receiving) referrals, but the process of
developing strategic referral partners is all about building relationships.
From our professionally designed offices that attract the right kind of attorneys,
to the way we methodically protect the integrity of the Community, everything
about Law Firm Suites' facility and operations has been carefully planned to
accelerate the relationship-building process between our clients in order to
maximize referrals. At Law Firm Suites, you will have access to:
- Group social events with the LFS Community (lunches and parties)
- Lawyer-only networking groups
- CLE opportunities
- Public relations and speaking opportunities
- Access to practice development experts & seminars
Should I be concerned about lawyers with competing practices?
It's been our experience that lawyers with overlapping practice areas actually
exchange the most business. Lawyers with overlapping practices are great referral
partners because each lawyer tends to have a niche area of expertise that opens
the door to referral opportunities.
You will have a lot in common with lawyers who have overlapping practices.
These lawyers will become strategic 'partners' to whom you will naturally go
to with practice questions. These interactions will help you develop relationships
with those lawyers faster, which increases referral potential. Our suggestion
is to embrace the 'competition'!
Questions About Amenities, Services
& Additional Costs
Do you offer telephone/fax service?
Yes. We have done our research and found the highest quality, lowest cost professional
phone system available. We make telephone services available on a low cost,
fixed rate basis. Our telephone system includes:
- All toll charges in one, low cost flat fee
- Auto-attendant capabilities
- Direct Dial
- Call forwarding
- 3-way conferencing
- Caller ID
- Voicemail sent to email
- Call recording feature
- Phones for home office use
Is secretarial/law clerk space available?
We offer two options. For full-time assistants and paralegals, our workstations
are available. For lawyers who rent one or more of our offices, we rent workstations
at discounted rates. The second option is our work carrels. Much like the work
carrels you'll find in a university library, we offer these work spaces on a
low cost, month-to-month basis to our clients. Work carrels are perfect for
short-term and part-time staff, like law clerks, bookkeepers, paralegals and
Can I get someone to answer my phone?
While it's been our experience that most lawyers like to answer their own
phones, some of our clients want their phones answered by an assistant. That's
why we have a strategic partnership with Ruby Receptionists, who provide our
clients with low cost, professional call answering services. By maintaining
a relationship with Ruby Receptionists, Law Firm Suites can offer the highest
quality call answering service, while simultaneously keeping the cost for our
Is conference room time included?
Yes! We don't believe in 'nickel and diming' our clients like other office
suite operators. Lawyers require frequent conference room access, sometimes
for long periods of time —like for depositions or closings. We currently
have three, well apportioned conference rooms available, and add conference
rooms as we acquire additional office space. Reservations are made through our
on-line reservation system on a first-come-first-served basis. It's been our
experience that conference rooms reservations are readily available up to 24
hours in advance, and typically available within a few hours of a meeting.
How flexible are the rental periods?
Building a Community of lawyers who regularly refer business to each other
requires a certain amount of trust among its members. High turnover makes lawyers
in our Community less inclined to invest time in building a relationship with
new lawyers who won't be around for long. To protect the integrity of the Community,
we request that clients commit for a minimum period of one year.
Workstations are rented on an annual contract, with a 30-day right to terminate.
What other charges will I be responsible for in addition to rent?
Your only additional charges will be your usage of our copy machine, high
speed scanner, postage meter and if you purchase coffee pods or supplies through
Here's a pricing table:
• B&W copies or prints: 9¢
• Color copies or prints: 60¢
• High Speed Scans: 5¢
• Faxes: Free
• Postage meter: Your usage
• Coffee K-Cups 75¢
We also make our technology and telephone staff available for special projects
at competitive rates.
Can I rent a furnished office?
Yes! For an additional $100/month, we can provide you with a furnished office
that includes a desk with return, desk drawers, bookshelf, guest chairs, executive
chair and chair mat. All workstations come furnished with desk with return,
desk drawers, executive chair and chair mat.
Can I access my office late nights or weekends?
The building and the Law Firm Suites' facility is open on a 24/7 basis with
keyless entry. Our reception desk is staffed Monday to Friday from 9:30 AM to
5:45 PM, except for bank holidays.
Is storage space available?
For lawyers, client files can be an occupational hazard! That's why every office
and workstation comes with a six shelf (36" wide) storage rack in one of
our shared file rooms.
• If you require additional storage space, we can assist you in acquiring
low cost, month-to-month storage space in the building.
Do I have access to a kitchen?
Our suite includes access to a kitchen pantry, with fridge, microwave, single
serve coffee service and water.
Questions About Technology
Is Internet access and Wi-Fi included?
Yes! We offer T-1+ bandwidth. Each office and workstation is wired for internet
Can more than one computer (like for my assistant) be wired to file
All of our offices and workstations have been wired to allow file sharing. Our
tech staff will assist you in connecting your firm's computers. No additional
cabling is required.
Is someone available to assist with tech support?
We get you connected to the internet and get your computers hard-wired together
for free. If you need additional tech support (i.e., assistance with networking
software, file sharing setup, assistance with printers and servers) we have
on-site technology staff available to help you with any need you may require
at very competitive rates.