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NATIONAL LEGAL RESOURCES

Dancers Forum Compact
Model agreement that articulates and mediates the working artistic relationship between dancers and choreographers.
Email: [email protected]

Copyright Information from American Library Association (ALA)
The ALA site offers a wide range of free timely information on developments in the field of copyright law.

Creative Commons
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that offers free copyright licenses and tools for sharing creative work.

Freelancers Union Contract Creator
Online tool for creating an independent contractor contract.

Legal Articles & Artist Stories from the Chicago Artists Resource (CAR)
Helpful, specific articles on legal issues facing artists.

TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund
Helps defray legal and public relations costs in select cases for those who have experienced sexual harassment or related retaliation in the workplace.
Email: [email protected]

Trans Lifeline Microgrant
The Trans Lifeline Microgrants program can help you change your legal name and update your government identification documents. If you aren’t cisgender, you are eligible and encouraged to apply.
Email: [email protected]

A Visual Artist's Guide to Estate Planning

The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s free e-book designed to assist artists in planning their estates.

 

LEGAL RESOURCES STATE-BY-STATE

ALABAMA

LEGAL SERVICE ALABAMA 
2567 Fairlane Drive, Suite 300   
Montgomery, AL 36116 
Phone:1-866-456-4995
Phone En Español: 1-888-835-3505
Email: [email protected]
Legal Services Alabama (LSA) is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to justice and free quality civil legal aid and assistance to educate and empower Alabama's low-income community from nine offices located in: Anniston, Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Opelika, Selma, and Tuscaloosa.

SOUTH ALABAMA VOLUNTEER LAWYERS PROGRAM 
118 North Royal Street, Suite 402
Mobile, AL 36602
Toll-Free: (855) 997-2857
Fax: (251) 438-1982
Email: [email protected]
The South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program (SAVLP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free legal assistance in certain civil matters to low-income residents of Mobile, Baldwin, Washington, and Clarke counties. If you think you may qualify as low-income under the program’s financial guidelines, please contact SAVLP.  


CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS
Various Offices (See below)
Phone: (888) 775-8995  
Email: [email protected]
The Lawyer Referral Service of California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) operates as a lawyer referral service under the authority of the State Bar of California. CLA offers referral services only for creative artists, arts organizations and those with arts-related legal matters, such as: copyright, contract drafting, review and negotiation, nonprofit organization issues, landlord/tenant, organizational tax (not individual tax), employee/independent contractor, mediation and arbitration, and more.

REGIONAL OFFICES:

BERKELEY
Wells Fargo Building
2140 Shattuck Avenue, #310
Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel: 888-775-8995 Fax: 510-201-9957
e-mail: [email protected]

LOS ANGELES AREA
12304 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 304
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tel: 310-207-0001 
email: 
[email protected]

SACRAMENTO OFFICE
2015 J Street, Suite 204
Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone: (916) 442-6210 Fax: (916) 441-1170
e-mail: [email protected]

SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE
Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Blvd, Bldg C, #265
San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone: (415) 775-7200 Fax: (415) 775-1143
e-mail: [email protected]


COLORADO

COLORADO ATTORNEYS FOR THE ARTS 
789 Sherman Street, Suite 280
Denver, CO 80203
Telephone: (720) 428-6720
Email: [email protected]
Colorado Attorneys for the Arts (CAFTA) is a pro bono legal referral service connecting limited-income artists and creative entities to volunteer attorneys.


DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

WASHINGTON AREA LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS (WALA)
Address: 1629 K Street NW, Suite 300 
Washington, DC 20006
Phone:  (202) 289-4440 
Email via website form
WALA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides access to education, advocacy and legal services through workshops and seminars, legal clinics and pro-bono referral services for creatives and cultural organizations.


FLORIDA

LEGALLINK PROGRAM 
Locust Projects
3852 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
Phone: (305) 576-8570
email: [email protected] 
LegalLink is a program dedicated to providing artists with affordable and pro bono legal services, grants and educational opportunities. LegalLink services are available to Locust Projects members at the pARTners ($60) level or above.


GEORGIA

GEORGIA LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS  
887 West Marietta Avenue, Suite: J-101
Atlanta, GA 30318
Phone: (404) 873-3911
Fax: (404) 817-6827 
Email: [email protected]
GLA, through a full schedule of educational seminars and classes; a resource library, and a network of over 500 volunteer and member attorneys, provides legal assistance to musicians, songwriters, photographers, filmmakers, painters, poets, graphic designers, actors, theatre companies, dance troupes, museums, and artists from many other disciplines. 

 

HAWAII

LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF HAWAII HONOLULU OFFICE
924 Bethel Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Email: [email protected]
The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii is a public interest, not-for-profit law firm whose mission is to achieve fairness and justice through legal advocacy, outreach and education for those in need.


ILLINOIS

LAWYERS FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS 
213 West Institute Place, Suite 403
Chicago, IL 60610
Telephone: (312) 649-4111
Fax: (312) 944- 2195
Lawyers for the Creative Arts provides free legal service to financially eligible clients in all areas of the arts— the visual, performing, entertainment, literary, arts education and more.

 

LOUISIANA

Entertainment Law Legal Assistance (ELLA)  
Tulane University Law School
Weinmann Hall
6329 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: (504) 865-5939
Email: [email protected]
The Entertainment Law Legal Assistance Project (ELLA) is a pro bono project within the TLS Community Service Program and provides free legal services for low-to-moderate income artists residing in the New Orleans area.

 

MAINE

MAINE LAWYER REFERRAL & INFORMATION SERVICE
Main State Bar Association
Phone:(207) 622-7523
Toll-free: (800) 860-1460
Fax: (207) 623-0083
The Lawyer Referral Service of the Maine State Bar Association connects people who have legal questions or are in need of legal services with qualified Maine attorneys. 

MAINE VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS
Phone: (207) 619-2787
Email: [email protected]
Provides access to effective legal counsel for artists and organizations with limited financial resources, educates broadly on arts-related business and legal issues, offers mediation services to facilitate non-litigious dispute resolution, supports artists, and fosters cooperative relationships between the artistic and legal communities.

 

MARYLAND

MARYLAND LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS
120 W. North Avenue, Suite 305A
Baltimore, MD 21201
Email via website form
A nonprofit dedicated to protecting Maryland artists’ legal rights through pro bono legal referrals and education.


MASSACHUSETTS

VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS OF MASSACHUSETTS
15 Channel Center Street #103
Boston, MA 02210
Email: [email protected]
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts provides legal services, advice, and educational programming to artists and cultural organizations in Massachusetts. The VLA accomplishes its mission through the work of a panel of more than 500 attorneys who volunteer their time and services to provide legal counsel, education, and organizational support to the Massachusetts arts community. The program serves individual artists, musical groups, and cultural organizations.


MINNESOTA

SPRINGBOARD FOR THE ARTS LEGAL ASSISTANCE   
Email: [email protected]  
As the Minnesota Chapter of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Springboard is pleased to connect artists in need of legal assistance to an attorney. Referrals are made on a case-by-case basis for arts-related questions only.

 

MISSOURI

KANSAS CITY VOLUNTEER LAWYERS & ACCOUNTANTS FOR THE ARTS  
PO Box 413199
Kansas City, Missouri  64141
Phone: (816) 974-8522
KCVLAA provides a critical link between members of the legal, business and arts communities

ST. LOUIS

VOLUNTEER LAWYERS AND ACCOUNTANTS FOR THE ARTS  
6128 Delmar
St. Louis, MO 63112
Phone: (314) 863-6930
Fax: (314) 863-6932
Email: [email protected] 
St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts offers legal and accounting assistance to artists and arts organizations with arts-related legal and accounting problems.

 

NEW YORK

LAWYERS ALLIANCE FOR NEW YORK  
171 Madison Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: (212) 219-1800
Fax: (212) 941-7458
Email: [email protected]  
Lawyers Alliance for New York provides corporate and tax legal services for not-for-profits in New York City and helps organizations to incorporate and apply to the IRS for 501©(3) charitable status.

LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF NEW YORK
Phone: (212)-577-3300
Through Civil, Criminal Defense, and Juvenile Rights Practices, they offer legal expertise to vulnerable New Yorkers in over 300,000 legal matters each and every year. 

NEW YORK CITY BAR ASSOCIATION - LEGAL HOTLINE  
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 382.6600
The City Bar Justice Center’s Legal Hotline offers legal information, advice, and referrals to low-income New Yorkers who cannot afford a private attorney or do not have access to legal representation. The Hotline can assist you with civil legal issues, including matrimonial and family law, housing law, domestic violence, bankruptcy, and debt collection and benefits.

VOLUNTEER LAWYER FOR THE ARTS
1 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212.319.ARTS (2787) ext. 1
Email: [email protected]  
Established in 1969, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is the pioneer in arts-related legal aid and educational programs about the legal and business issues that affect artist and arts organizations.

 

PENNSYLVANIA

PHILADELPHIA VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS  
200 South Broad Street, Suite: 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102 
Telephone: (215) 790-3822
Email: [email protected]
A resource for artists, arts, culture + heritage organizations, collectives, makers, inventors, startups and more, PVLA provides pro-bono and low cost legal assistance, educational programs and business counseling to secure a thriving culture in the region and the innovation economy statewide

GREATER PITTSBURGH ARTS COUNCIL - PITTSBURGH VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS 
810 Penn Avenue, Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3401
Phone:  412-391-2060 x229
Low-income artists can apply for free legal assistance for an arts-related legal need. Use this service to help you draft contracts, answer intellectual property questions, and more. Be sure to check the income guidelines before applying!

PUERTO RICO

Ayuda Legal Hurácan María: 
FEMA Appeals Model in Spanish / Apelaciones a FEMA: Modelos
General Disaster Information / Ayuda para desastres

TENNESSEE

ARTS & BUSINESS COUNCIL OF GREATER NASHVILLE 
Mailing Address:
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212 
Phone: (615) 460 – 8274
Email: [email protected]
The Arts & Business Council connects artists and arts organizations with the services, skills, and opportunities they need to thrive from their creative endeavors. To this end, the Arts & Business Council provides pro bono legal services to low-income artists of all disciplines, as well as legal and business assistance to emerging nonprofit arts organizations through the Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts (VLPA) program.


TEXAS 

TEXAS ACCOUNTANTS & LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS  
PO Box 144722
Austin, TX 78714
Phone: (800) 526-8252 (toll-free)
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.talarts.org
TALA matches low-income artists and small budget arts nonprofits with volunteer attorneys and accountants to assist with arts-related legal and financial matters, including: non-profit arts organization incorporation; contract drafting, negotiation and review; estate planning for artists; copyright; trademark; IP licensing; arts-related landlord/tenant issues; demand letters; dispute resolution / arts mediation; financial reviews; chart of accounts; financial statements; annual budgets; application for tax exempt status; form 990; and employment taxes.


UTAH

UTAH LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS
Email: [email protected]
Utah Lawyers for the Arts (ULA) refers qualifying artists and art organizations to attorneys licensed in the State of Utah who provide free or low cost services in art-related matters, such as setting up nonprofit entities and seeking tax exempt status, negotiating various art-related contracts, handling contract disputes involving art or art services, and the censorship of art, among others. 

 

WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS 
PO Box 61308
Seattle, WA 98141-6308
Phone: (206) 328-7053
Email: [email protected]
Washington Lawyers for the Arts (WLA) is a nonprofit service organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Washington state by creating alliances and making legal resources accessible to artists and arts organizations of all disciplines.


WEST VIRGINIA

LEGAL AID OF WEST VIRGINIA
922 Quarrier St., 4th Floor
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 1-866-255-4370
Legal Aid of West Virginia provides civil legal aid and advocacy services for low-income residents, seniors, victims of domestic violence, and the disabled.


WISCONSIN

ARTS WISCONSIN ARTS SECTOR LEGAL RESOURCES  
Email: [email protected]
Arts Wisconsin partners with the State Bar’s Pro Bono program to seek pro bono legal assistance. They make every effort to find representation, although the State Bar doesn’t guarantee assistance. 

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