Small Business Legal Representation and Covid-19 Relief and Recovery Project
The Community Economic Development (CED) Unit at Legal Aid Service of Collier County provides free legal services to small businesses and nonprofits through the Florida Community Development Legal (FCDL) Project* and the Small Business Legal Resources (SBLR) Project**.
The FCDL Project provides free legal services to small business owned by low to moderate income entrepreneurs, defined as up to 140% of the Area Median Income as determined by HUD, and nonprofits providing critical services to low income communities that cannot afford an attorney.
The SBLR Project provides free legal services to small businesses and nonprofits that create or save low-income jobs and who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and face legal or economic barriers that could be removed through the legal services offered. Project attorneys can retain the services of qualified Certified Professional Accountants (CPAs) or tax attorneys to comprehensively address the legal issues that will enable job creation or the retention of jobs for LMI employees.
Essentially, CED attorneys act as corporate or in-house counsel for clients addressing legal needs within certain practice areas. The CED Unit offers a wide range of free legal services to achieve these goals including, but not limited to:
- entity selection and limiting liability;
- organizational documents with the state (articles of incorporation or articles of organization);
- a company agreement (bylaws, operating agreement, or partnership agreement);
- review agreements already in use by the business to ensure they are still in compliance with best practices and current laws.
- succession planning for your organization; fictitious name/DBA advice and registration
- instructions on filing Annual Reports and other required state filings;
- contract drafting/review/negotiation;
- template agreements for customer services;
- commercial lease drafting/review/negotiation/re-negotiation;
- Florida trademark advice and registration;
- non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements;
- non-compete agreements;
- legal governance training;
- business acquisition representation;
- real estate closings;
- financial closings;
- dispute resolution;
- referrals to local free or low cost business counseling services, and more;
Clients are assisted by appointment only. For assistance or to schedule an appointment, call 754.312.3353 or email [email protected].
*Funding for the FCDL Project is provided in part by the Florida Bar Foundation through the statewide Florida Community Development Legal Project.
**Funding for the SBLR Project is provided in part by a Community Development Block Grant – CARES Act (CDBG-CV) grant by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) facilitated through Collier County’s Human and Community Services Division. The National Objective to be achieved under this grant is Low-to Moderate Job Creation (LMJ).