The City Bar will be (virtually) closed on Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The City Bar’s building is open on a limited, appointment-only basis. To schedule a visit, and for the latest on how the City Bar is responding to the coronavirus, click here.
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Important Virtual Law Firm Update:
The New York City Bar building is currently only open on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. All visits are by appointment only. During this time we have made the temporary adjustments noted below to our Virtual Law Firm operations and procedures. The adjustments are in the best interest of the health and safety of our valued members and staff.
Mail Pick Up:
Virtual Law Firm (VLF) mail will ONLY be available for pick up on Tuesdays from 12:0O P.M. to 2:30 PM.
Pick up is by appointment only. To schedule a pick up, please email email@example.com.
Mail forwarding requests are only being processed on Tuesdays. There is no automatic or same day mail forwarding option. If possible, please submit all mail forwarding requests on Fridays and Mondays, by email, prior to 5:00 pm.
Detail mail services are suspended until further notice.
We are unable to accept FedEx or UPS deliveries at this time.
United States Postal Service (USPS)
We are only accepting mail from USPS at this time.
We hope that we will be able to resume normal operations soon. Please contact our Customer Relations office at 212.382.6663 with any questions. We apologies for any inconvenience.
Please stay safe.
Are you a solo practitioner who needs a virtual law office? Do you already pay for a virtual office but attend City Bar networking events, use the City Bar library for research and meet clients in the Small Law Firm Center Conference Rooms in our prestigious landmark building? Are you a law firm that would like a Midtown Manhattan Office presence?
As a member, you may already participate in our committees, attend our luncheons, CLEs and networking events, and take part in our Legal Referral Service and Mentorship programs.
Now you can complete the picture by having a virtual office at your New York City Bar home as well. The City Bar is uniquely positioned to offer its members so much more than just a “mail drop” or a street address.
The Virtual Law Firm Program adds a Phone Answering Service.
The NYC Small Law Firm Center is proud to announce a valuable phone service add-on to its Virtual Law Firm Program members. As always, for a $75 per month add-on to your dues (A ONE Year Commitment is required for joining the Virtual Law Firm Program), you can:
- Provide your clients with your personal Manhattan address:
"The Law Firm of John Smith, 43 West 43rd Street, NY NY ."
- Mail Acceptance Policy: Your mail and deliveries will be collected and retained for your pickup in a secure location and can be retrieved by you Monday-Friday during the Library's open hours (Mon-Thurs 9 am – 9 pm; Fri – 9 am – 7 pm) (up to 250 pieces of mail per month included. $0.10 cents for each additional piece.) In addition, The New York City Bar will not accept any items exceeding 10 lbs. in weight, 18” in any dimension, 1 cubic foot in volume or if it contains any dangerous, live or perishable goods and shall be entitled in its absolute discretion to return any uncollected items or refuse to accept any items or quantity of items it considers unreasonable or unlawful. Items of larger size will only be accepted upon mutual prior agreement. We will not hold unclaimed mail or packages for longer than 3 months.
- Mail detail (daily description of mail origin) - $15 per month additional
- Mail can be forwarded to a domestic address of your choice (shipping charges apply)
- If you sign up and prepay for 1 year in advance, you will receive a $75 discount ($825 instead of $900).
Now, for an additional $840 per year ($70 per month) you can:
- Receive your own exclusive (212) phone number;
- Have your phone calls answered in the name of your Law Firm, based on the script you provide;
- Have the benefit of live answering service Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.;
- Have your own voicemail box set up to receive calls after-hours and on weekends and holidays;
- Have all messages emailed or texted to you (the choice is yours) by the live answering service and voicemail box (if received after-hours); and
- Include patching for an additional fee of $60 per year ($5.00 per month) and calls will be connected and transferred to you at the number you provide.
By joining the Virtual Law Firm Program (VLFP) and participating in any or all of its services, the New York City Bar Association provides no guarantee that a non-resident attorney’s use of VLFP satisfies the office requirement of New York Judiciary Law Section 470. Please make sure to independently consult relevant case law and ethics opinions, some of which contain fact-specific rulings about the use of the VLFP.