Legal Aid for Micro and Small Business
An alliance between
Nebraska Legal Services and REAP will bring business law
training sessions to REAP members as part of a new
In many parts of Nebraska, self-employment and
microenterprise development offer real opportunities for
creating family economic self-sufficiency. Even with the
best business plans and diligent hard work,
micro-businesses often run into difficulties when faced
with legal questions about the business and state or
federal laws and regulations.
To help support family economic self-sufficiency,
Nebraska Legal Services has launched the Micro and Small
Business Assistance Program. The new program will
provide legal services to Nebraskaís micro and small
business owners, particularly in communities where new
job creation is not occurring and high unemployment
The Micro and Small Business Assistance Program works
with new and emerging businesses by providing direct
legal services that will assist the business in reaching
its potential. In doing so, the project offers a way for
creating economic self-sufficiency for Nebraska
The Micro and Small Business Assistance Program provides
legal assistance on the unique business and commercial
law issues confronting micro and small business owners.
The program will work with REAP to provide one-hour
training sessions to self-employed business owners
across Nebraska. These sessions will review how to
determine the type of business structure that is needed,
whether or not to incorporate, tax issues, and other
questions that confront micro businesses.
The workshops are free to participants in REAPís
business associations. Individuals who have specific
questions regarding their business will be able to meet
with a lawyer after the training if the individual meets
the following guidelines:
- The client is self-employed or operates a business
with fewer than five employees.
- The business is the sole source of income for the
- The business serves a market that is within its
own community, or limited to the state of Nebraska.
- The business does not have access to traditional
business lending services or credit.
The Micro Small Business Assistance Program assists
business owners by providing direct legal services at
crucial times during the businessí development. Such
services include, but are not limited to, reviewing and
negotiating transactional documents, preparing lease and
real estate agreements, addressing zoning and land use
regulations, employment law, and tax compliance issues.