Alternative Business Structure

An alternative business structure, or ABS, is a business entity that includes nonlawyers who have an economic interest or decision-making authority in a firm and provides legal services in accord with Supreme Court Rules 31 and 31.1(c).  According to the Task Force on the Delivery of Legal Services, the purpose of the ABS program is “rooted in the idea that entrepreneurial lawyers and nonlawyers would pilot a range of different business forms” that will ultimately improve access to justice and the delivery of legal services.

Committee on 
Alternative Business Structures 
How to Apply for 
ABS Licensure 

ACJA: 7-209
Alternative Business Structures
Questions & Answers

For general inquiries, please contact the 
Alternative Business Structure Program at:

Arizona Supreme Courts Building
Certification and Licensing Division
1501 West Washington Street, Suite 104
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Phone: (602) 452-3378
Text Telephone (TTY/TTD) for the hearing impaired: (602) 452-3545