Small Business Legal Resources and
Covid-19 Relief and Recovery Project
To fight the Covid-19 pandemic, Legal Aid Service of Collier County’s Community Economic Development (CED) Unit is able to provide free legal services to eligible small businesses and nonprofits through the Small Business Legal Resources and Covid-19 Relief and Recovery (SBLR) Project. Under SBLR, eligible clients create or retain low-income jobs, have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, and face legal or economic barriers that could be removed through the legal services offered. SBLR Project attorneys can further arrange for the services of qualified Certified Professional Accountants (CPAs) to comprehensively address the legal and financial issues that will enable job creation or the retention for low-income employees.
WHAT THE SBLR PROJECT IS
FREE LEGAL SERVICES PROVIDED
FINANCED IN PART BY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD) AND COLLIER COUNTY COMMUNITY AND HUMAN SERVICES DIVISION. THE NATIONAL OBJECTIVE TO BE ACHIEVED UNDER THIS GRANT IS LOW-TO MODERATE JOB (LMJ) CREATION AND RETENTION.
The objective of the SBLR Project is job creation and retention for employees who were formerly of low to moderate income through free legal services to businesses who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Free Legal Services Provided
- Entity selection and limiting liability;
- Organizational documents with the state (articles of
incorporation or articles of organization and
amending these documents)
- Business governing agreements (draft or
review bylaws, operating agreement, or partnership agreement):
- Reviewing agreements already in use by the business to ensure they
are still in compliance with best practices and current laws;
- Independent contractor agreements;
- Contractors versus employees guidance;
- Tax-exempt status for nonprofits;
- 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/ renegotiation;
- Succession planning for businesses;
- Florida trademark advice and registration;
- Non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements;
- Non-compete agreements;
- Legal governance training;
- Business acquisition representation;
- Dispute resolution;
- Accounting assistance;
- Referrals to local free or low-cost business counseling services;
- And more.
If your business or nonprofit is not eligible under the SBLR Project, please visit legalaid.org/fcdl to see if it qualifies under another program.
Business or nonprofit was in business on January 1, 2019
- Shown through business expenses OR
- Shown through date of incorporation
Doing business is Collier County
- Shown through the principal place of business being located in Collier County OR
- Shown with a business tax license in Collier AND significant business done in Collier
Gross income under $8,000,000
- Shown on IRS Form 1120, 1120 S, 1065, or Schedule C
Affected negatively by the pandemic
- Shown objectively by business shutdown(s), lost contract(s), or received a PPP loan to cover or address negative impact.
0-100 full-time equivalent employees
- Must have at least one part or full-time employee that is not an owner of the business
- Independent contractors (1099) are not considered employees
Create or retain low-income jobs for employees
- Employees only need to be low-income at the time the employer applies for services
- A low-income job is considered up to a $52,850 annual salary for a full-time 35 hour per week employee
- Independent contractors are not considered employees
- The creation of a low-income job is a reasonable, good-faith pledge the business plans to hire a low-income employee in the reasonable future
How to apply
Fill out the intake questionnaire here, and/or reach out to the SBLR Specialist at [email protected] or (239)-666-3134. SBLR staff will review your application and provide an answer about your organization’s eligibility for free legal and accounting services soon after.
Small Business Legal Resources and Covid-19 Relief and Recovery Project Intake Questionnaire
THIS APPLICATION IS FOR EVALUATION PURPOSES ONLY.
If approved, you will be required to provide documentation to support your answers.
Please be advised that the use of email does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Therefore, communications in the form below at this intake stage are not subject to the attorney-client privilege. The information on this form is sent directly to our SBLR Project staff for evaluation purposes only. This online initial intake form is provided solely to facilitate contact with our office. If you have any questions about the intake process email [email protected] or call (239) 666-3134. Information received will be treated as confidential by SBLR Project staff. Please do not email highly sensitive information through this form or information regarding trade secrets or proprietary information or information that may pertain to anticipated, current, or future litigation.