Legal Clinics for Entrepreneurs


legal-clinic graphicSound legal advice is essential for success in business and preventing costly troubles that can ruin an enterprise. At our Legal Clinics, LegalCORPS volunteer lawyers provide brief, no-charge 30-minute consultations to lend a hand to low-income entrepreneurs as they start and grow their business.

Clinics are by appointment only.

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month

SBDC Office
Hubbard Partnership Center
424 North Riverfront Drive, Suite 210
Mankato, MN

Contact the Small Business Development Center, 507-389-8875 or to schedule a 30-minute session.


Legal issues facing an entrepreneur include:

  • Choice of legal form of organization, and formation of (for-profit) organization
  • Duties owners/partners owe to each other
  • Risk management
  • Contracts and commercial leases
  • Franchising
  • Taxation
  • Employment policies
  • Real estate leases, acquisition and taxes
  • Intellectual property
  • Director duties and internal organization
  • Commercial debtor/creditor rights and options
  • Government regulation
  • Other legal issues not involving participation in litigation


This program is provided through a partnership of:

  • Small Business Development Center
  • LegalCORPS
  • Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation


LegalCORPS volunteer advisers:

  • Blethen Gage & Krause, PLLP
  • Eide Bailly – CPAs & Business Advisors
  • Farrish Johnson Law Office, Chtd.
  • Gislason & Hunter, LLP
  • Knutson + Casey
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP