Venture Law Project: Free legal service for startups fills a need

A new project in Florida helps startups getting of the ground and ready to succeed with free legal counseling.
News Story (Florida)

Nancy Dahlberg
Miami Herald
July 20, 2014
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Organizations mentioned/involved: Dade Legal Aid (DLA)


The Venture Law Project, a new service in South Florida, advises startups on business formation, filing requirements, drafting legal contracts, negotiating lease agreements, copyrights and trademarks, tax planning and related matters. Qualifying entrepreneurs have free access to training and legal materials, as well as workshops at partner law firms and local incubators.

“Failed startup businesses were seen all too often coming to Dade Legal Aid facing bankruptcy, foreclosure, family issues and debt crisis. We were inspired by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s commitment to entrepreneurs and engaged communities, and with the foundation’s support we launched the Venture Law Project as a free legal resource to local startups,” said Ashley Juchawski, an attorney who serves as the Venture Law Project’s staff attorney. “Taking a proactive approach, our goal is to help early-stage entrepreneurs get protection under the law and develop on a solid legal footing.”