This week, we got to pick the brain of Lawyerist CEO Aaron Street on a topic that is near and dear to our business: Virtual law offices. Because we work with so many attorneys, both in small brick and mortar firms and in VLOs (virtual law offices), we wanted to dig deep into the growing phenomena of running a law office online. Is it acceptable to clients? Does it cost less than running a brick and mortar firm? Is it really becoming “the future of law practice” as the American Bar Association predicted?
The busy Lawyerist CEO was kind enough to answer our burning questions, and we think you’ll find his answers thoughtful and informative. Here’s our interview with Aaron Street.
Lawyerist CEO Aaron Street Demystifies the Virtual Law Office
Can you tell us what a virtual law office (VLO) is?
Do you believe communication with clients is easier or more difficult with a VLO?
What do you think about the trend of offering “a la carte” legal services online through a virtual law office?
Do you have any tips or recommendations to share with attorneys who may be considering a VLO?
What types of benefits does a VLO offer over a traditional law office?
What are the drawbacks of a VLO over a traditional law office?
Do you believe a virtual receptionist (or virtual assistant) is a key part of a successful VLO?
Finally, if an attorney is interesting in opening a virtual law office, do you have any resources to recommend?
About the Author
Aaron Street is the co-founder and CEO of Lawyerist.com, an online community providing law practice advice to solo and small firm lawyers to help them start, manage, and grow successful practices. He is the co-host of the weekly Lawyerist Podcast.
Aaron serves on the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center board as well as the board of the Hennepin County Bar Association in Minneapolis and on the State Assembly of the Minnesota State Bar Association.