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