LegalCORPS

A nonprofit organization

$5,625 Raised by 25 Donors

56% complete

$10,000 Goal

Serving Small Businesses, Inventors, and Nonprofits To Gain Economic Justice


At LegalCORPS, we’re passionate about assisting low-income small businesses, inventors, and nonprofit organizations by connecting them with free, high quality legal services from volunteer lawyers. We serve nearly 700 clients throughout Minnesota every year through our 580 volunteer attorneys.

Now, more than ever, we need your help to serve the small businesses, inventors, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations that are the fabric of our communities. Please join us and make your donation today. 

LegalCORPS provides access to the business law portion of our legal system for those who would otherwise be left out. LegalCORPS is a nonprofit organization that arranges free assistance in non-litigation business law matters to low-income entrepreneurs, business owners, innovators, and small nonprofits. We offer brief advice clinics, educational sessions, and provide full-representation assistance exclusively through volunteer business and patent lawyers.  

LegalCORPS' Entrepreneurs of Color Program is designed to better serve immigrants and entrepreneurs of color by partnering with community-based organizations serving small business owners or those wanting to start a small business. The African Development Center is an example of one such partnership:


   Clients, partner staff, and volunteers share their experiences with LegalCORPS' Entrepreneurs of Color Program

The assistance LegalCORPS arranges can prevent legal problems that can be catastrophic for a venture (which might be an individual or family's sole means of financial support) and can address legal issues once they arise. Some examples of the assistance LegalCORPS provides include:

Small Businesses:

  • A hair salon proprietor whose building and business were destroyed in the civil unrest had the ownership of her building returned to her from a bankruptcy trustee and received guidance on title and future ownership.
  • The owner of a small business that provides a platform for artists and art lovers to search for art, art services and art products received assistance revising her website legal disclosures and privacy policy
  • A volunteer attorney drafted a single member operating agreement and the transfer of membership documents for the owner of a home health care business who wanted to transfer some of his membership interest to new members.

Inventors:

  • A graphic artist created CLARDS – mailable greeting cards created from Swedish sponge material. Now patented, each CLARD does the work of 1,500 paper towels. It’s a greeting and a gift in one.
  • A young inventor/entrepreneur received a patent allowance on a method and system for generating product descriptions of vehicles based on a form delivering characteristics of the vehicle.
  • A musician/inventor was allowed a patent on a new digital music storage and readout system and method that incorporates layers of anti-pirating features to inhibit unauthorized reproduction of device content. 

 Nonprofits:

  • A small theater company in Minneapolis that lost revenue through a ticket management service when all of their 2020 shows were cancelled recouped a sizable percentage of these funds with attorney action.
  • A new organization dedicated to serving formerly incarcerated persons through educational programming and financial support received assistance with nonprofit incorporation and filing for tax-exempt status. The founder of this organization was arrested during the civil unrest and told the sentencing judge that he would do something to make a difference.
  • A community organization in Eagan that contains a sculpture garden and performance space that had to stop all in person programming received assistance accessing COVID relief funds (PPP loan).

Donor support is essential to helping LegalCORPS connect lawyers with clients striving to achieve a real stake in the American dream, and with those working to improve their communities through nonprofits. Thank you for your support!

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

LegalCORPS

Tax id (EIN)

20-0792664

Categories

Community Economic Development

BIPOC community

BIPOC serving

Address

1000 LaSalle Ave., SCH 317
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Phone

612-206-0780

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