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Law Firms, Nonprofits Launch Free Small Business, Nonprofit Assistance Program

(May 5, 2020)-Legal Services of Greater Miami in support of the Florida Community Development Legal (FCDL) Project is pleased to announce that it has partnered with numerous law firms in Florida and Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG) to launch a statewide remote legal clinic to help small businesses and nonprofits weather the economic impact of COVID-19.

L4GG is a nonprofit working with law firms across the country to develop these small business legal advice clinics, which began in partnership with Kirkland and the City Bar Justice Center in New York City. The Florida clinic is led in partnership with Nelson Mullins law firm.

Qualifying small businesses or nonprofits with 25 or fewer employees can submit their legal question using an online form located on Legal Services website at https://www.legalservicesmiami.org/. Transactional pro bono lawyers will be matched to offer a free 45-minute phone or virtual legal consultation, helping Florida small business owners or nonprofits navigate the CARES Act, or questions related to employment, contracts, commercial leases, insurance, and insolvency issues.

“During this pandemic, the needs of our community appear to be daunting. However, by joining forces with our colleagues at some of the finest firms in the world, we can make it less so for many. By lending our advice and expertise to small business owners, we are also helping their families, their employees, and our communities. We are meeting our calling, gladly,” said Mark Raymond, managing partner of Nelson Mullins’ Miami office.

“Legal Services of Greater Miami is extremely grateful to all the law firms and attorneys who have committed themselves during this unprecedented time to assist in this statewide project to provide legal advice to our small businesses and non-profits. The counsel of pro bono attorneys affords these valuable members of our community the ability to flourish once again and be valuable contributors to our economy’s growth and stability,” said Jayme Cassidy, Pro Bono Advocacy director at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.

About Florida Community Development Legal Project  

FCDL is a regional collaboration focused on the representation of non-profit organizations and small businesses from Tallahassee/Gainesville down to the Keys.

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