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Struggling small businesses can get free legal help through new program

Screenshot of Colorado COVID Small Business Legal Program website.
Posted at 6:13 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 21:21:32-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — If you're a small business that needs legal help and getting back on your feet you're in luck.

Lawyers across Colorado are offering their services and it's completely free!

We're told legal support needs are growing as our business community tries to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

While many businesses were fortunate to get loans and grants they're still dealing with lots of legal issues such as lease arrangements, insurance, and being able to pay people. That's why several players across Colorado have collaborated to form the Colorado COVID Small Business Legal Program. The Colorado Lawyers Committee, Office of Economic Development, and Small Business Development Centers are all working together. We're told lawyers will do things like file paperwork and maybe even go to court for you - all for free.

Aikta Marcoulier, executive director of the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, said, "They match you up with the right attorney and that attorney takes you on as a client. They do whatever it takes, so it's not a one-hour or a two-hour thing, let me just guide you. No, this is a let's do this with you, let's get it figured out."

Marcoulier shared on Wednesday that about 80 different attorneys across the state have stepped up to volunteer and SBDC is actively recruiting to get more.

CLICK HERE if you'd like more information on how to apply for the program or if you're a lawyer who wants to volunteer.