Community Organizations Legal Assistance

PLC’s Community Organizations Legal Assistance Project (COLAP) makes free legal services available to community-based nonprofit organizations, childcare centers and providers. PLC will also help micro-business owners who meet certain eligibility criteria.

Through our network of volunteer attorneys, COLAP provides free legal services to existing nonprofit organizations serving Orange County’s low-income population as well as to groups that want to form such organizations. In addition, through community partners, we also offer free or low-cost workshops on a variety of legal topics.

Some examples of how we are able to assist our clients:

  • Employment Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Leases
  • Business Contracts
  • Tax Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Liability and Insurance
  • Choice of Business Entity and Start-Up
  • Reorganization
  • Nonprofit Incorporation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Land Use (including Conditional Use Permits)
  • Government Licensing

In order to qualify for legal services, an organization must serve low-income or under-represented individuals and communities in Orange County, and must not have the resources to pay for legal services. For micro-business owners and childcare providers, please contact us for eligibility guidelines.

All legal services, provided by PLC or volunteer attorneys are free of charge. However, clients are responsible for out-of-pocket expenses associated with the legal work performed, such as governmental filing and other administrative fees. For more information or to request a legal services application, please contact Sarah Efthymiou at (714) 541-1010 x281, or by email at sefthymiou@publiclawcenter.org.