Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Legal Eagles

Are you unsure about what business structure to choose for your company, or have doubts about a lease or contract you're about to sign? Maybe you've spent all your budget on marketing and have little left for consulting with a lawyer before making decisions such as these...

Well if you live in or around New York City, you're in luck. The Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) was created exactly for this reason. They assist low to mid income business owners in Manhattan with legal issues - at no charge. Akira Arroyo is their program director and she graciously agreed to attend this week's meeting to talk to us about their services. They have partnered with volunteer attorneys that can advise you on whether your business should be a corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, etc. They'll also review your lease or sales contract before you sign it, plus they'll give advice on protecting trademarks and copyrights, and on what licenses and registrations your company will need. They also offer seminars and legal clinics - like right now they have one on commercial leases. She can be reached at 212-382-6633. (That's her below)

Here's 2 other free legal services offered by the New York City Bar Association: the legal hotline (212-626-7383, Mon.-Fri. 9:00am-12:30pm, or which is part of the City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono arm of NYCBA, and the Monday Night Law Project, a clinic held on the 1st Monday of every month where you get speak to an attorney who will help you assess your legal issues (you'll need to schedule an appointment in advance: call 212-626-7373). One caveat: both of these services only cover family law, landlord/housing, consumer fraud/credit issues. For small business issues your best bet is NELP.

After Akira's presentation we all had a chance to chat and catch up on things. Fellow Mogulette CarolynTownes shared that she now has 4 blogs that she's posting to! This fabulous fempreneur is a Spiritual Life and Leadership Coach who also runs a inspirational group entitled Becoming a Woman of Purpose. Her most recent post is about how to deal with gremlins. Yes, gremlins, those pesky killjoys that shoot down your ideas and rain on your parade.

1 comment:

Carolyn D. Townes, SFO said...

Hey Carmina,

I must say, you are a true Mogulette! And what is truly a blessing is you do it as a companion on the journey. Blessings double when they are shared! Thank you for the gift of you!