How to apply for ABS licensure

An ABS is an entity that provides legal services and has nonlawyer ownership, managers, or decision makers in the business. Nonlawyers could have economic ownership (an equity stake) in the business, but only lawyers and other individuals licensed or certified by the Arizona Supreme Court are permitted to provide legal services.

Arizona Code of Judicial Administration section 7-209 sets forth the regulatory and licensing structure for ABSs, effective January 1, 2021. The requirements of the ABS application process appear in Code section 7-209(E) and (G)(1)

Now Accepting Applications!

UPDATE: Applications have been revised to clarify that Indemnifications are not required by each Authorized Person. Updated Authorized Person Applications are available below. The Application for Initial License is unchanged and will continue to include the Indemnification Statement on page 9. If you have already signed and notarized the previous Authorized Person applications, you may strike out the Indemnification Statement on page 3 prior to filing. Applicants who have submitted applications to the Court will be contacted by the Certification and Licensing Division regarding this update.

ABS Application for Initial License  
ABS Authorized Person (Individual) Application 
ABS Authorized Person (Entity) Application
ABS Appointment of Designated Principal
ABS Appointment of Compliance Lawyer

For questions relating to ABS applications, please email Suzanne Porter at [email protected]