Legal Services for Entrepreneurs
(415) 543-9444 x217
Legal Services for Entrepreneurs (LSE) provides free legal services to low-income individuals who want to start or develop businesses; businesses committed to investing in economically distressed communities, including hiring people with arrest and conviction records; and mom and pop shops located in areas where gentrification is a force for displacement.
Need business law advice? We can help!
We serve Bay Area clients that are:
- Low-income individuals
- Located in low-income communities; and/or
- Located in communities of color and have a commitment to hiring from the community
We provide free legal consultations on:
- Liability issues
- Terms of a commercial lease
- Business contracts
- Employment law
- Intellectual property
- Other business concerns
Please note: We do not provide legal consultation on tax, litigation, or bankruptcy concerns.
How to Apply
You’ll need to complete an online application form. Once the application form is submitted, LCCRSF staff will contact you to schedule a 30-minute call to listen to your situation and match you with the right attorney and resources.
LSE Pro-Bono/Free Attorney Application
Workshops & webinars
Topics address a range of legal issues entrepreneurs face while starting or growing a business, including business entity formation, hiring 101, commercial leasing basics, and intellectual property laws. Check our Events Calendar for a schedule of upcoming workshops.
Lawyers’ Committee works in collaboration with a variety of legal service and community organizations throughout the Bay Area. Below is a list of other organizations that may be able to help you.
- Alameda County Small Business Development Center offers classes, consulting services and business planning resources for small businesses throughout Alameda County.
- AnewAmerica serves primarily low-income individuals (new citizens, immigrants, and refugees) residing in the Bay Area. It offers a comprehensive three-year program of support for new start-up entrepreneurs including microbusiness incubation, asset building, and social responsibility.
- BusinessAdvising.org matches small business owners with volunteer business advisors who provide tailored, hands-on assistance to help small businesses grow and create economic opportunities across the nation.
- Contra Costa Small Business Development Center assists small business owners in Contra Costa County with: Operations/Financial Management, Business Loans, Government Contracting/Procurement, Exporting Assistance and more.
- La Cocina supports low-income food entrepreneurs as they formalize and grow their businesses by providing affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market opportunities. Their focus is primarily on women from communities of color and immigrant communities.
- Mission Asset Fund believes in creating pathways out of the financial shadows. They help house cleaners and restaurant owners across the U.S. save money with better credit and less debt.
- Mission Economic Development Agency provides business technical assistance, loan packaging, and advocacy targeted at minority- and women-owned businesses in the Mission District of San Francisco.
- Oakland Business Assistance Center provides information on licenses, permits, and zoning in Oakland.
- Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center provides small business training and support services to emerging and established entrepreneurs in San Francisco, Marin, Richmond, and the Mid Peninsula.
- Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) provides business mentorship counseling and specialized assistance for free.
- Small Business Administration is a federal agency that provides education and services to small businesses and small-business owners across the nation.
- TMC Development Working Solutions provides underserved micro-entrepreneurs with the access to capital and resources they need to successfully start or grow viable businesses. TMC Development Working Solution strives to support microenterprise development in an effort to strengthen the local economy, create jobs, and build strong communities.