Generally, no your startup lawyer does not have to be in the same state as you. When it comes to a Delaware corporation, a startup attorney in Idaho, Hawaii and Maine should have the same knowledge as a startup attorney in California or New York. It’s when you form your company in your home state that you may need local counsel. However, for most LLCs and corps, a startup attorney in any state should be able to assist you. We have plenty of startup attorneys on our site –. Stop by for a free consultation if any legal issues ever face your startup!