Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project
Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project
To get help from the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project, call 212.382.6633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) of the City Bar Justice Center provides low- to moderate-income micro-entrepreneurs with the legal services necessary to start their businesses on sound legal footing.
NELP’s volunteer attorneys guide clients through such matters as incorporation and tax issues, contracts and agreements, commercial lease negotiations, copyrights, trademarks, and patents. Volunteer attorneys also offer presentations and legal clinics at community-based organizations on issues of concern to micro-entrepreneurs.
To date, NELP has partnered with more than 100 law firms, 25 corporate legal departments, and 30 community-based organizations to assist more than 14,000 clients through the provision of brief services, direct representation, legal clinics, and community presentations.
Akira Arroyo directs NELP and Cheryl Lopez is the project coordinator.
Small Business Legal Clinics – NELP’s legal clinics provide microentrepreneurs with the opportunity to speak one-on-one with an attorney regarding their small business legal issues. Frequently discussed topics include: business structure, incorporation, contracts and agreements, commercial leasing, and intellectual property protection. In order to attend, you must register in advance.
Presentations – NELP’s volunteer attorneys give presentations on small business legal issues at local community development organizations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.
To see all upcoming NELP events , view this page.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in Manhattan at the offices of the Jefferies Group, LLC, located at 520 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022. By subway, this location is accessible via the M to 5 Avenue/53 St Station. To register for an appointment, please contact NELP at 212-382-6633 or click here to request an appointment online: https://forms.gle/twTeAyFJ61ebJsWi6.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Library, located at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238. By subway, this location is accessible via the 2/3 to the Grand Army Plaza Station. To register for an appointment, please contact the Brooklyn SBDC at 718-797-0187.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn NYC Business Solutions Center, located at 9 Bond Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. By subway, this location is accessible via the B/Q/R to DeKalb Av; or the 2/3/4/5 to Nevins St. To register for an appointment, please contact the Brooklyn NYC Business Solutions Center at 347-296-8023
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