Have you ever wanted to create your own nonprofit animal rescue group? Not sure how to get started or what it takes to run a nonprofit? The Houston Bar Association Animal Law Section is sponsoring a free legal clinic on Wednesday February 26 from 3 – 6 p.m. at the YMCA Downtown. I attended a meeting for the attorney participants yesterday and the volunteers include some really high-powered (in other words, expensive) lawyers. It is a great opportunity for some free legal advice from experienced attorneys.
This free clinic will be geared towards helping existing animal rescue nonprofits. However, the clinic is also open to individuals wishing to start a nonprofit. You can meet with an attorney to receive free legal advice on creating, and maintaining, a 501(c)(3) organization.
Here is additional information on the clinic Download Client Invitation, plus a client intake form Download Client Intake Form. The intake form requests a copy of the organization bylaws, budget, tax returns, etc. Obviously, if you are just starting up your nonprofit, you won’t have these documents.
Even if you are requesting legal assistance for an existing nonprofit, you only need to submit what you are comfortable sharing. Having the documents is preferable because it allows an in-depth review of issues, but they are not required. Of course, everything will be confidential.
It would be helpful if the intake form mentions the legal issues you would like addressed. There are many volunteer lawyers available to help and they have expertise in different areas of the law. If you list the specific legal issues to be discussed, this helps our group connect you to the right volunteer lawyers.
The deadline to apply is this Friday.