The Small Business Development Center and LegalCORPS have teamed up to bring a new tool for success to the small business owners of Southeast Minnesota.
The "Brief Advice Legal Clinic," staffed by local volunteer attorneys, provides brief advice and information on non-litigation legal issues free of charge.
Clinics are held twice monthly, typically on the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Friday, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Small business owners can schedule a 30-minute appointment by contacting the Small Business Development Center at (507) 285-7536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Appointments are required*
Examples of Topics for Discussion
- What legal form should your business operate under
- Duties owners owe to each other
- Managing liability risks
- Contracts, and deals with other businesses
- Employment policies
- Real estate leases, acquisition and taxes
- Intellectual property (trademark, copyright, licenses)
- Government regulations
- Mergers and joint ventures
What is LegalCORPS?
LegalCORPS is a non-profit volunteer lawyer coordinating organization. Its mission is to connect volunteer business lawyers with small businesses who cannot afford non-litigation legal assistance they need for success.
Full representation is available on an ongoing basis. LegalCORPS can provide volunteer attorneys to fully assist businesses for non-litigation matters. LegalCORPS applies income guidelines for eligibility for such services. (See LegalCORPS for more information.) However, it reviews all applications for appropriateness for free assistance.
Please Note: Income guidelines do not apply to small businesses seeking one-time services through the Brief Advice Legal Clinic described above.
By lending a hand to those who otherwise could not afford needed legal help, LegalCORPS' knowledgeable volunteer lawyers join efforts to make Minnesota's communities great places to live, raise families and do business.