I was attempting to retain legal counsel, however the lawyer I contemplated retaining was a verifiable member of the Washington State Bar Association, but did not have a business license in the State of Washington. The lawyer had also filed bankruptcy 4 months after becoming licenced with the Bar. I'm not sure if a lawyer is required to have a business license or does the Bar license work the same as a business license.
Ordinarily a business license is not required. Contact the state bar and ask if the attorney is in good standing.
Many attorneys are employees of some business. As employees, the attorneys do not need a business license just as other employees do not need business licenses to work.
If the attorney is self-employed, the attorney needs a master business license from the state and a business license from the city where the attorney's office is.
The way some cities define "business" in their ordinances likely require the self-employed attorney to have a business license in several cities.
If the lawyer is a solo practitioner and runs his own office, then yes, he is required to have a business license if required by the city in which he works.
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