Featuring volunteer Holly Taylor (bottom right) of Raleigh, a small business owner herself with an emphasis on e-commerce business support, Maggie Patterson (bottom left) of Charlotte, counsel for Passport Labs, Inc., Charles Hands (back right) of Charlotte who litigates and brought real estate, business and contracts expertise and William (Billy) G. Lamb, III (back left), an attorney at James McElroy & Diehl, P.A., practicing a range of disciplines including business support services along with José Alvarez (back center left), Vice President of Prospera-NC and Carlos Zepeda (back center right), Prospera Business Development Consultant.

On Friday, October 18th, NC LEAP (North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program) was honored to hold the first Ask-A-Lawyer pro-bono clinic in partnership with Prospera of Charlotte.  Prospera, an economic development, nonprofit organization founded in Florida, strives to empower Hispanic entrepreneurs through support to help their business prosper. Prospera opened a North Carolina office in 2017, based in Charlotte.

“Legal clinics like this are crucial for small business owners, especially immigrant business owners who are unfamiliar with how the system works here.”  Vice President of Prospera-NC, José Alvarez, emphasized the prevalent need in the Hispanic community for access to business legal advice and expressed gratitude for NC LEAP and the NC Bar Association support from volunteer attorneys who participated in the clinic.

Four attorney volunteers provided business legal advice to 15 Hispanic entrepreneurs that day, on topics ranging from contracts, incorporation guidance, benefits to real estate.

Prospera has recently expanded their services to Hispanic entrepreneurs statewide and hopes to hold a similar Ask-A-Lawyer day clinic in partnership with NC LEAP in Raleigh to serve the local Hispanic business community.