By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK — There’s no wood paneling or plush carpet at Culhane Meadows — the law firm’s 52 attorneys practice out of their homes or rented work spaces.
Culhane Meadows is one of many law firms without dedicated office space that now operate virtually using software, email, videoconferencing and the internet to work and connect with clients. Attorneys at virtual firms say that without the trappings and overhead of a traditional practice, they can charge lower fees, work for a variety of clients and have more say over their work/life balance. Practicing virtually can also mean taking extra steps to ensure that communications of all sorts remain confidential, including working in spaces designed to protect clients’ privacy.
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