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REQUEST LEGAL ASSISTANCE

After we process your intake request, we will be in touch by email, via vlany@vlany.org.

Please be sure to:
(1) Provide a working email address, and (2) Check your Spam folder if you do not see an email from us within approximately 10 business days after submitting your inquiry.

If you have any questions about your intake or want a status update, 
please email us at vlany@vlany.org.

Please note that services may be delayed due to high intake volume and remote work.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is a not-for-profit organization that provides legal services to artists and arts organizations in the New York area. If you are interested in our services, please fill out the intake form below. After we receive your request, we will contact you for further information. Requests are addressed in the order they were received.

Completing an application does not automatically qualify you for services.
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Demographics

We appreciate your taking a moment to provide us with some additional information about yourself. Your personal information here will remain anonymous and will only be used in aggregate form. VLA collects the information below to better assess our audience and provide accurate reporting to funders. Your responses will have no effect on your eligibility for legal services.





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The following information helps the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office better understand the demographics of inventors in the Patent Pro Bono Program. Please complete this survey to the best of your ability. Your responses will have no effect on your eligibility for VLA services.


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Income
All artists may take advantage of VLA's legal services, regardless of income. In order for VLA to determine the extent of services we can offer you, we require information regarding your financial status. Upon reviewing your intake form, someone from VLA may request a copy of your latest tax return or other financial proof before scheduling you for a consultation.

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If you believe that your tax return does not accurately reflect your current financial status, please indicate your special circumstances in the space below. 

Agreement of Terms
VLA is a membership-based organization, and membership fees are collected after your matter is approved for VLA services. Annual membership includes one limited-scope consultation with a VLA Attorney and, if you are financially eligible, referral to VLA's pro bono attorney network for a full representation on your matter. VLA members can receive additional consultations for other approved matters, which may be free or at a discounted rate. Members may also register for VLA's educational programs at a reduced rate. In some cases, VLA can offer limited legal services to non-members.

Completing an application does not automatically qualify you for services.
Upon submitting your intake form, someone from VLA will review your intake and contact you for more information. At that time, they will discuss VLA membership with you, and follow up on any additional information we require.

In the meantime, feel free to check out VLA's FAQ page here.
Submitting your request for legal services does not automatically make you a client of VLA, and does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, its employees, directors, officers, or contributors to this website. Please certify that you understand you will only become a client if a VLA Staff Attorney has approved your case for a consultation, and you have actually attended a consultation with a VLA attorney or volunteer. 

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL VLA BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, INCLUDING DIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THIS FORM OR WEBSITE OR THE INFORMATION GATHERED AND/OR CONTAINED ON THIS FORM OR WEBSITE, EVEN IF VLA HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
You hereby affirm that the above information is correct and complete, to the best of your knowledge and ability.

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