Together with the UW School of Law Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and pro bono attorneys, The Seattle Public Library will be hosting free legal consultation sessions for small businesses and non-profits in January, February and March. The sessions will focus on corporate or intellectual property law issues. There will also be a Jan. 12 workshop on when to hire a lawyer.


4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12 - When to Hire a Lawyer. Nervous about the legal risks in starting a business? Gain insights on how a lawyer can help you navigate the early stages of starting a company. Registration is required, sign up in the Library’s calendar.


Corporate Law - Get help navigating contract or corporate law issues. If you have any questions related to incorporation, equity allocation or contract issues, please sign up for a 30 minute consult.

  • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13
  • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10

Intellectual Property Law -  Get help navigating intellectual property issues, such as patents or trademarks. If you have any questions related to patents, trademarks, copyrights or trade secrets, please sign up for a 30 minute consult.

  • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27
  • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 10


Registration is required. Sign up for your 30-minute session by contacting the Library to Business team using this form or emailing Language support available upon request in Chinese, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Make sure to include your name, email, phone number, and a brief summary of your legal question. We will write back to you with available consultation times, help you register you for a time that works for you, and send you the connection details.


These workshops are presented in partnership with the University of Washington School of Law's Entrepreneurial Law Clinic

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