New York State Bar Association President Commends State Senate For Voting To Repeal Antiquated Law Requiring Out-of-State Attorneys To Have N.Y. Law Offices

By Susan DeSantis

New York State Bar Association President Commends State Senate For Voting To Repeal Antiquated Law Requiring Out-of-State Attorneys To Have N.Y. Law Offices

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New York State Bar Association President Scott M. Karson issued the following statement praising the Senate for passing Senate Bill S700, which repeals Section 470 of the judiciary law. Section 470 requires attorneys who do not live in New York to have an office in the state.

“The New York State Bar Association enthusiastically supports the repeal of this antiquated law. In our rapidly modernizing legal world, the profession has adapted with electronic filing of documents in the courts, virtual conferences and court proceedings, along with already established standards for perfecting service. Our laws must continue to adapt with the times too.

“Judiciary Law Section 470 places an onerous burden on rural and underserved communities and limits the availability of legal services simply because of where an attorney chooses to call home. The association will continue to advocate for its repeal and thanks to the Senate for moving the bill one step closer to enactment.”

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Contact: Susan DeSantis
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201-575-5756

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