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Brief Advice Legal Clinic

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 semnsbdc@gmail.com.

 

*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
  • Taxation
  • 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.