Well Eilers Law Group is still in its infancy and I am working hard to build the practice. For almost 2 years I have pondered the possibility of setting up a West Virginia satellite office. Basically, because of the advances in technology and the ability to operate from the ever present “Cloud,” a multi-jurisdictional solo/small firm has become more and more practical. Although Miami is our home, West Virginia has always been and will always be my true home. The possibility of running a firm that practices both Florida law and West Virginia law is such an exciting prospect. I love my home town community and the people, and I would love to give back to place that made me who I am.
Now all of this is well and good in theory, but like concepts, it needs a reality check. That’s where you come in. I am asking you, my colleagues, my circle, my potential clients, to give me some feedback. Some thoughts and questions after the poll.
How appealing is this to you?
Are you comfortable with the concept of an attorney who’s presence would be mostly virtual via personal client portals, teleconferences, and video conferences?
From a scheduling stand point, what is more appealing for physical presence? For example would 2 full months (1 winter and 1 summer) be better than 1 week a month?
For several reasons, the focus of Eilers Law Group as been on “transactional” law, meaning contracts. I have often considered adding estate planning, wills, and trusts to the practice. Matters where my presence is required in court can become very difficult and very expensive to operate from afar. So what are some areas of law or issues that you would want your attorney to take care of?
Have you had success as a multi-jurisdictional practice that is not simply because you are close to the border?
What are the problems that arise from setting this kind of practice up?
What ethical considerations, besides the obvious, may arise out of this type of practice?
Have you had any success outside of transactional based legal services from afar?
Consider this a new world of law practice in West Virginia. What are other things you would like to see? If you have any questions or other comments, feel free to post them as well. In the meantime, please take the time to do a quick response to my poll.