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Advice for Businesses

Legal matters are important to small businesses, but legal terms and fees can be daunting. The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) can connect you to free one-on-one legal services to help you:

  • Choose a legal structure for your business, for example LLC or S Corporation.
  • Answer questions about your commercial lease or contract.
  • Protect your intellectual property.
  • Review human resource and employment laws.

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Free Legal Clinics and One-on-One Consultations

Businesses can access free legal clinics and one-on-one legal consultations with pro-bono attorneys through the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS)’s NYC Business Solutions Centers (BSCs) and Industrial Business Service Providers. Request Free Legal Assistance.

Commercial Lease Assistance Program

If your business needs help with a commercial lease issue in New York City, you may be eligible for free legal services through the Commercial Lease Assistance Program.

BE NYC x VOLS Legal Services Partnership

A partnership between SBS’s BE NYC initiative and Volunteers of Legal Services (VOLS) provides free legal services to NYC’s Black entrepreneurs and underserved communities. Learn more here.

Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Contract Legal Services

Free workshops and legal clinics to help NYC-certified M/WBEs understand business contracts, agreements, and related legal situations.

Women Entrepreneurs (WE) Legal

Women Entrepreneurs NYC (WE NYC) offers one-on-one legal consultations for women entrepreneurs. These sessions are provided by top law firms in New York City, offering advice on a range of critical business topics.