The Advantages of Being a Multi-State Law Firm
By Caitlin McAndrews, Esq.
One of the many benefits of being a mid-size firm with offices and attorneys in multiple states is the ability to address our clients’ issues throughout the mid-Atlantic while maintaining a personal connection with each of our cases. We like to say, “We are a small office with long hallways.” Though the pandemic’s emphasis on videoconferencing has only increased our ability to connect across distance, McAndrews Law Offices has always emphasized collaboration amongst our many attorneys and offices.
With locations in Pittsburgh, Scranton, Alexandria, our main office in Berwyn, two offices in Delaware, and more, as well as strong partnerships with other firms and nonprofits, we can meet with clients – in-person or online – virtually anywhere in the mid-Atlantic. Our attorneys are admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey. This geographic reach allows us to better meet the needs of clients who move across state lines, have children attending college out of state, or have property in two locations.
For example, we routinely draft powers of attorney for young adults with and without disabilities. When a young person leaves their parent’s home for post-secondary studies or work out-of-state, we can consider with them the legal requirements of both their origin and future states and tailor a document to their needs.
This age of transition is of particular interest to Nancy and Caitlin, who work frequently with high school and college aged clients. Nancy represents special education students in their secondary education right to a free appropriate public education, including transition services, and higher education students in their post-secondary matters ranging from accommodations to student discipline. Caitlin also represents school-aged students with disabilities, and in her estate planning work assists young adult clients with powers of attorney and supported decision making agreements. Though we work in offices four hours away from each other, we regularly discuss and brainstorm ways to meet our client’s diverse needs.
If you have a legal matter involving questions across state lines, please contact our office for a consult. Our phone system is connected across all our offices, so a call to one location will reach us anywhere!