After 100 years as tenant under a verbal lease, law firm is moving to another building
Established in 1888, an Auburn, California, law firm has had its offices in the same bank building for 101 years.
During that time, as Sinclair, Wilson, Baldo & Chamberlain maintained its real estate and trusts-oriented practice, the firm eliminated the spittoons that were once placed throughout the office for the benefit of cowboy clients; cleaned up after a flood caused when a storm blew a skylight off the building; survived a fire at the bank that sent law firm desks crashing through the floor, the Auburn Journal reports.
Meanwhile, it paid rent for its offices at the landmark Lincoln Way building under a verbal lease.
The firm has a good relationship with the current bank in the building. However, the landlord’s plan to put the law firm on a written lease, with scheduled rent increases, prompted Sinclair Wilson to rethink its office arrangements, partner Robert Sinclair told the newspaper.
As of Dec. 5, the firm will officially occupy a new office at 1155 High Street that is more suited to today’s law practice needs, he said.