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Finally, before agreeing to share space with other attorneys – whether you will be the landlord or a lessee – investigate to determine that your prospective officemates have no disciplinary problems, are financially sound, and will be likely to adhere to good office procedures and practices. And make sure that they are adequately insured, even to the extent of requiring evidence of professional liability insurance as a condition of the written office sharing agreement.

About the author: Emily J. Eichenhorn is the Director of Lawyers’ Risk Management for CNA. CNA, through its member companies, has been a leading provider of lawyers’ professional liability insurance for more than 30 years. Emily lectures and writes regularly about law firm business management, risk management and professional responsibility issues. She is responsible for all aspects of CNA’s lawyers’ risk management services and products. She has an undergraduate degree in communication from Michigan State University and a J.D. from Yale.

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