As a business owner, you will undoubtedly need the services of a lawyer now and then. If you will need one frequently, it might be more cost efficient to hire one on a retainer. If, however, you will only need one infrequently, you might locate one and establish a relationship where you can get and pay for what you want when you need it. Tisha Dodge, of Dodge Legal Group teaches law students, she is offering free legal services by working with her students to qualified business’.
Texas A&M University School of Law, located in downtown Fort Worth, is accepting applications from small businesses, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs who need free legal assistance during the 2023-24 academic year.
Our educational program offers Texas businesses, nonprofits, and emerging entrepreneurs with limited financial means, the opportunity to obtain free legal assistance by working with law students who are supervised by experienced lawyers. Students work with clients to review, negotiate, and draft contracts, form new business and nonprofit entities, file applications to establish intellectual property rights (copyrights, trademarks, and patents), and offer other miscellaneous business law advice.
Our services do not include tax advice, business litigation, assistance to foreign entities, or venture capital transactions. Our program serves those with limited financial resources, meaning annual gross income from all sources amounting to less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level. For an individual who is a member of a household of 4 people, that can mean they can earn up to $90,000 and still receive free legal assistance. Community leaders who earn more and are forming nonprofits without substantial financial backing may also be eligible for our services. Although our legal services are provided at no charge, clients are responsible for certain fees and other costs that may be necessary. For example, clients are responsible for the fees payable to the Secretary of State when filing a LLC and would be paid directly by the client.
If you know someone who could benefit from our services, please pass on our information. Although we are accepting prospective clients now to prepare for our next academic year, starting in August, please encourage interested persons to apply as soon as possible. Generally, any work
coming in after September will be placed on a waitlist for the following academic semester.
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Or call us at (817) 212-4168
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You may get information on legal questions:
An extensive legal site with some great links to legal resources.
The leading provider of self-help legal information for individuals and small business owners.
A great site for legal research. Over 340 links to various legal resources.
- National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)
Discounts on insurance and other benefits for the self-employed.
- Mediation Training Institute International
A good resource for businesses needing conflict resolution training.
IRS Information and Forms
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Protect your work before it’s too late.