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FOR CREATIVE ARTISTS
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If you need help with a specific legal issue, CLA can match you with a qualified attorney through its State Bar of California Certified Lawyer Referral and Information Service [LRIS]. We are also the regional administer on behalf of the USPTO's America Invents Act program. For patent registration representation, read below about how LRIS works and then check out our page on the California Inventors Assistance Program [CIAP]. If you are involved in a dispute, CLA can also provide dispute resolution services through its Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services [AAMS]. If you are seeking general information about a legal issue, you can review CLA's educational programs, online bookstore, and other learning resources.
If you're a creative artist, arts organization, independent inventor — or someone with a creative arts legal matter — we can match you with a qualified attorney. CLA's referral service is registered with the State Bar of California and conforms with the Minimum Standards for a Lawyer Referral Service in California Business and Professions Code Section 6155, both effective January 1, 2014 - Certificate #0021. Financial assistance related to pro bono legal fees may be available to parties seeking to use CLA's referral service who have adjusted gross incomes (or AGIs) indicated on their most recent Income Tax Returns filed with the government not exceeding 300% of the federal poverty guidelines, which are available at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines (Note: If that address does not take you to a page located outside of the present website, then the guidelines may be obtained from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services or searched for online by a search of that department's website for a particular page entitled, "U.S. FEDERAL POVERTY GUIDELINES USED TO DETERMINE FINANCIAL ELIGIBILITY FOR CERTAIN FEDERAL PROGRAMS"). If your AGI is below, at or near 300% of the federal poverty guideline for your household size, you may qualify for one of CLA's pro bono or modest means programs.
If you would like to apply for assistance under one of those programs, please start the lawyer referral process by completing the FINANCIAL SCREENING APPLICATION FORM HERE. If your AGI is exceeds the guidelines set forth above in connection with getting you approved for financial assistance or if you do not wish to apply for financial assistance, you may simply send us the online REQUEST FOR REFERRAL FORM to begin the regular referral process today.
IMPORTANT: CLA OFFERS REFERRAL SERVICES EXCLUSIVELY FOR CREATIVE ARTISTS, ARTS ORGANIZATIONS, INVENTORS, AND ANYONE FACING AN ARTISTIC INNOVATION OR ARTS-RELATED LEGAL ISSUE. STATE BAR CERTIFICATION #0021.
"Be sure to use a lawyer referral service that is certified by the State Bar. By law, lawyer referral services must be certified by the State Bar to operate in California and must list a certification number in all advertising. State Bar-certified lawyer referral services also must follow certain rules to protect clients." Source: A Lawyer Referral Service Can Help You | State Bar of California.
The Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services [AAMS] has been providing alternative dispute resolution for creative artists since 1980. AAMS was the first alternative dispute resolution program in the country created for the arts and entertainment communities.
California Lawyers for the Arts offers in-person workshops, seminars, special events, and alternative dispute resolution services and training throughout California -- plus online educational programs, videos, and online links and resources for the creative arts and innovation community.