Legal Resources for Freelancers

LEGAL RESOURCES FOR FREELANCERS

  • The Freelancers Union - provides assistance to mostly New York-based freelancers but anyone can join for free to get access to resources, forms, and things like reduced health insurance.
  • Lawsoup.org -  has offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco but offers free advice that may apply to freelancers in other states.  However, they do partner with Rocket Lawyer for more complex matters.
  • Independent Professionals Association - somewhat similar to The Freelancers Union in terms of offering resources to independent or gig workers.  Currently petitioning to have the Biden Administration offer freelancers and others a larger stimulus package.

Intellectual Property (IP)

If you can take a class at your local or online college, this is an investment that can bring a return if you deal with inventions, visuals, or have an idea that may be of great value in the near future.  Learning is also a lot cheaper than hiring an IP attorney and in some instances, takes less time.  

In cases, where you're just starting out and need guidance, local nonprofit legal clinics or law schools that work with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office may be of assistance.  Here are also some links that offer advice in laymen's terms.

Who Really Owns the Art? 

Copyright and Usage Rights for Freelance Writers

Freelance Isn't Free Act

Scam Prevention

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