Legal Services for Entrepreneurs (LSE)
Founded in 1997, Legal Services for Entrepreneurs (LSE) provides free business legal services to low-income individuals (including women and people of color) who want to start or develop for-profit businesses, and certain for-profit businesses committed to community economic development.
We provide the following services:
One-on-one legal representation: In partnership with Bay Area law firms and corporate legal departments, entrepreneurs in need of legal assistance are matched with experienced business attorneys who provide their services free of charge.
Legal counseling: We offer consultation services to entrepreneurs who have legal questions related to a start-up or existing businesses.
Legal workshops: Our workshop series addresses a range of legal issues entrepreneurs face when starting a new business, or growing an existing one.
*Some examples of the types of business law matters we will help with are: entity formation, intellectual property, commercial leases, zoning compliance, employment issues, and customer and supplier contracts. The legal services provided by LSE and its participating law firms are limited to business law matters and do not include services related to disputes, claims, or lawsuits.
When reviewing an application for services, LSE will consider both the individual and his/her business's impact on the surrounding community. LSE will provide services to higher income applicants only if the benefit they offer to an economically distressed community outweighs their considerable resources. For more information on how to qualify for LSE's services, please see the application below or contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-543-9444 x217.
LSE recognizes that women and minority business owners often face special obstacles to forming their own business and/or to accessing legal and other services necessary to expand a business. LSE makes a concerted effort to ensure that its eligibility criteria do not perpetuate these barriers or otherwise unfairly exclude any business from equal opportunity.