1. How can I find out if a law firm is a real partnership or really lawyers sharing office space claiming to be partners
First let me say that Rule 7.5(c) of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct prohibits Lawyers from holding themselves out as having a partnership with one or more other lawyers unless they are in fact partners. So, if there is a reason to believe that a lawyer is in violation, he or she can be reported to the bar
association by complaint and after investigation, if it is determined that he or she is in violation,then that lawyer can be sanctioned accordingly.
One way to find out who the partners are in any business
, including a law firm, is to check the NYS Division of Corporations
, State Records, and UCC. Specifically, the Corporations & Business Entity Database. I have provided the web address below.
In addition, section 468-a of the Judiciary Law and 22 NYCRR Part 118 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts also require the biennial registration of all attorneys admitted in the State of New York, so in the alternative you can contact the NYS Office of Court Administration, Attorney Registration Unit at(NNN) NNN-NNNNto check the registration information that a lawyer has submitted.