The laws, rules, and regulations governing the design professional world can be complex and confusing. Architecture and engineering firms must meet certain requirements for ownership and practice. For example, in New York, the Office of Professions requires that all owners of professional corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships must be licensed to practice the profession for which the entity was formed. As of January 1, 2011, the Office of Professions now permits a new professional entity, referred to as a design service professional corporation, which permits up to 25% ownership by a non-licensed individual. Our firm is well versed in the governing authority and experienced in preparing carefully crafted agreements that allow design professionals and non-licensed individuals to collectively own, manage, and grow design professional firms in accordance with State law.