Are you starting or running a San Francisco Bay Area community microbusiness, but can’t afford a lawyer? Grab your lunch and join us via Zoom on Fridays at noon for an informal drop-in group discussion to help you develop or revise your legal strategy and risk management plan during these challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recession.
The legal product and service market for small businesses is confusing and full of misleading marketing hype. This lunch hour will be a safe space, with no pitching or referral of paid legal services allowed. In group educational mode, we will explore the many simple steps you can take on your own to prevent legal problems and disputes from getting in the way of your microbusiness launch, growth, and success, and direct you to free public resources or appropriate small business legal aid programs to support your self-help efforts.
We may discuss any of these topics, depending on participant interest:
• Legal entity choices
• Funding transaction legal issues
• Business contracts of all kinds
• Protecting your intellectual property – ideas, brands, and designs
• Hiring safely – basic labor and employment law
• Commercial leases
• Regulatory compliance
Although led by an experienced business attorney, these educational drop-in sessions do not constitute legal advice.
By registering for this Program you acknowledge and confirm that:
- This general educational group discussion is not privileged or confidential, and does not constitute a legal consultation or legal advice;
- Your attendance does not establish an attorney-client relationship or obligate The San Francisco Community Business Law Center (the “BLC”) or Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center (“Renaissance”) to provide any ongoing legal services or any follow-up information regarding changes in laws or regulations;
- It will not be possible for the BLC or Renaissance to review or prepare legal documents for you, or to advise or represent you regarding any legal dispute or litigation matter;
- You are eligible for pro bono legal education and self-help support for local San Francisco Bay Area low-income community microbusiness owners who cannot afford to pay a lawyer; and
- Renaissance and the BLC do not make referrals to for-profit law firms or legal service companies, and do not permit any Program participant to solicit or refer to for-profit law firms or legal service companies (or other similar for-profit professional firms).