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Entrepreneurship & Innovation Law Clinic (EILC) at WVU Offering Free Legal Assistance

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Law Clinic (EILC) at the West Virginia University College of Law is currently accepting clients for September 2018. The EILC provides free-legal services to small businesses, individual entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and community organizations.

The EILC anticipates selecting 4-6 clients for September. An example of some of the services offered include:

Nonprofits & Community Organizations

  • Assistance forming a nonprofit organization and receiving 501c3 status.
  • Drafting documents & contracts, including bylaws, MOUs, lease agreements, confidentiality agreements, volunteer agreements, website policies, etc.
  • Legal Audits to ensure compliance with IRS regulations for existing 501c3 organizations.
  • Intellectual Property advice on copyrights and trademarks.
  • Advice on fee for service or paid programming for nonprofit organizations.

Small Business and Individual Entrepreneurs

  • Advice on financing your enterprise, including crowdfunding, equity funding, convertible debt, etc.
  • Advice on structuring your business, including succession planning.
  • Assistance drafting documents and contracts, including nondisclosure agreements, confidentiality agreements, operating agreements, bylaws, stock purchase agreements, employment agreements, etc.
  • Advice on Intellectual Property Protection, including trademark, copyright, and trade-secret. The EILC does not provide assistance on patents.

The organization does not represent clients in active litigation (lawsuits, court proceedings) or mediation.

For information on how to become a client of the EILC, please contact the organization’s Clinic Administrator, Angie Haught, at (304) 293-0955, or via email at Angie.Haught@mail.wvu.edu.