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Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 11:08 AM
I may or may not have linked to these folks but if I did it was a long time ago and I'm sure I've gained some new watchers by then.

www.vlaa.org/index.php

A lot of artists starting out feel overwhelmed by the legal, business, and tax issues involved in starting a small business and becoming a freelance artists. Fortunately, there are organizations around the country to help those who exist under a certain income bracket.

Here is a list of organizations by state.   

Each offers different services and consultations, but if you're stuck for information, these people are here to help.  Even if they don't know the answer to your question, they might be able to direct you to someone who does.

Though some of the organizations are disbanded, I imagine you could ask for an updated list.

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lostfoxeh Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Thanks for sharing. This will help as the laws are ridiculous. The fact that it takes a career to understand them is over the top.
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hibbary Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes, it can be a real headache trying to understand them. I guess that's bureaucracy for you : /
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Witbik Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student General Artist
And for Australia, there is [link] ! :)
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GreekCeltic Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
It's a nice gesture to link these! I bet they'll help somebody. I remember I felt extremely overwhelmed when I got my first sales tax permit. It was hard to find the information I needed and it was STRESSFUL knowing I had worked for a long time without any permits at all (I hadn't known I needed any).
Ultimately we went to the tax office, told the truth, and got a friendly, understanding response.

Thanks for sharing!
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InleLendri Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the kind of thing that makes me proud once more that I'm studying law myself - thank you for sharing this ^^
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Jeis Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Haha, I love how both sites for my state don't work.
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hibbary Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
:F The organizations might have disbanded.
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MowenDesigns Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I had wanted to talk to a lawyer lately since I've actually been selling some art, I will make sure to check it out if I'm in trouble! :)
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