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Alternative Business Structures (ABS) Questions & Answers

The Supreme Court unanimously adopted changes to its rules to encourage business innovation in providing legal services at affordable prices. The Court further adopted modifications to the court rules regulating the practice of law and eliminating the rule prohibiting fee sharing and prohibiting nonlawyers from having economic interests in law firms. The regulatory framework addressing this change requires businesses, called “Alternative Business Structures,” to be licensed. The changes came into effect January 1, 2021.

The Committee on Alternative Business Structures will review applications for licensure under Arizona Supreme Court Rule 33.1 and Arizona Code of Judicial Administration (ACJA) § 7-209 and will make licensure recommendations to the Supreme Court.