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Provides low-income entrepreneurs and nonprofits in Minnesota the business legal assistance they need – free – from volunteer lawyers.

LegalCORPS is a Minnesota nonprofit organization that expands access to the legal system by providing free assistance in transactional matters to low-income entrepreneurs, innovators and small nonprofits in Minnesota. It does so exclusively through the services of volunteer business lawyers.

Services Include:

  • Full-Representation Assistance: For individuals or nonprofit organizations that need but cannot afford transactional legal assistance to succeed, but cannot afford it. (Income guidelines apply.)
  • Brief Advice Clinics: Low-income individuals who own or are starting a small business in Minnesota can receive up to 30 minutes of free advice on their business law issues at sites across the state.
  • Inventor Assistance Program: Minnesota innovators can get assistance with getting a U.S. patent from the nation's first statewide patent law pro bono program.
  • Nonprofit Legal Needs Assessment: Minnesota nonprofits can assess whether they need to take action to ensure that their organizations and operations are on sound legal footing.

From 2007 to 2010, LegalCORPs volunteers assisted in over 1,700 client matters. In 2011, it served 500 clients and launched the nation’s first patent law pro bono program.

Recent Clients Include:

  • A Nigerian immigrant with a recession-squeezed housecleaning business who received guidance to pursue her plan to add personal care assistance to the services she provides;
  • A nonprofit that runs a hotline in rural Minnesota that needed advice about its on-call policies for employees and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

LegalCORPS relies on donors to help connect its volunteer lawyers with clients striving to achieve real stake in the American dream, and those working to build and enhance communities in Minnesota. Help support its work by donating today!

For more information on LegalCORPs, please visit

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