Western New England University students offer free legal assistance to small businesses

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Small Business Legal Clinic at Western New England University (WNEU) is now accepting applications from entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking legal assistance for the spring 2023 semester.

According to a press release sent to WNEU’s 22News, law students assist clients with legal matters, such as entity selection, employment policies, contract drafting, regulatory compliance, and litigation issues. intellectual property related to trademark applications and copyright. This free service is available to local businesses that may not have the resources to obtain these services.

“The clinic is an excellent resource for entrepreneurs who cannot afford to hire a lawyer,” explained associate clinical professor of law Robert Statchen. “By using the Clinic’s services, businesses can avoid problems by resolving legal issues quickly and correctly. It also provides students with a great opportunity to gain real-world experience.

The Small Business Clinic has helped over 500 small businesses. It was created to provide law students with the opportunity to provide hands-on discussions to entrepreneurs starting new businesses and building existing small businesses within the community.

The Clinic asks small business owners to submit their applications by January 1, 2023. Applications received after this date will be considered if additional resources are available. Students will begin providing services at the end of January.

For more information, call the Legal Clinic at 413-782-1469 or email Marie Fletcher, Clinical Programs Administrator, at [email protected]

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