Every small business benefits from seeking legal advice. Whether you need help deciding to form an LLC or corporation or can’t tell the difference between an independent contractor and an employee, a one-on-one session with a lawyer can help you navigate the legal issues that your business faces. Our legal counselor can help you:
- Determine which type of legal entity is appropriate for your business
- Determine whether you need an operating agreement, partnership agreement, discuss any other contract you may need reviewed
- Discuss the protections that are available for your intellectual property
- Distinguish between independent contractors and employees and identify related employment law issues
Because your counseling session is limited to one hour, there are certain legal services that we are unable to provide. Any issues involving ongoing litigation, extended negotiations, or the provision of intellectual property protections are beyond the scope of the services that we can provide in an hour. For the purposes of consultations at MercyCorps, our services are limited to business law and do not cover criminal law, domestic relations, or family law. Our patent law services are not available in this forum. This session is available only to Mercy Corps Northwest clients, including Individual Development Account applicants and participants, loan applicants and participants, Foundations I and II students and graduates, Economic Opportunity Initiative participants, and seminar attendees.