wanted to start your own business?
Thinking about starting a business?
Puzzled about what legal entity you should create for the business?
What tax treatment you should select?
What contracts are needed with subcontractors, customers, and
suppliers? Should you employ
workers, or subcontract for their services?
What are the responsibilities of an employer to its employees? What benefits should you provide to employees?
What should be protected by trademark, copyright, or patent
registration? If you want to
start a business and have these questions or others, the UMKC ELS may be
able to answer them.
does the Clinic serve?
New and established entrepreneurs who need assistance with legal services but who cannot afford the market
rate for those
services. Either MO. or KS. residents or businesses are considered for acceptance.
What services can the clinic provide?
the faculty co-directors, the Clinic staff law students will provide the
following services to qualified clients:
making a choice of entity;
entity creation by
drafting articles of incorporation and organization, by-laws, and
partnership and operating agreements;
contract review and
drafting, such as real estate contracts and leases, non-competition and
assistance concerning debt problems such as obtaining, reviewing, and
correcting credit reports;
review of lending
contracts and advice about loans;
especially about the importance of faithful payment of payroll withholding
trust amounts and the consequences of failure to pay them;
compliance with consumer, licensing, and regulatory rules;
trademark creation (however, no patent services are available);
if needed, the
Clinic may consider legal representation before a regulatory agency or in
tax-exempt status [including 501(c) (3)] applications, and other services
for some non-profit agencies.
do I apply?
and return the attached application.
will I pay for services at the Clinic?
There is no fee for services, however, all clients must
pay the costs and expenses related to filing fees of various forms submitted to Missouri, Kansas and
the Federal Government.
The Clinic is an educational program designed to give UMKC Law students practical business
formation experience. Thus, not all cases can be accepted. We are happy to consider your
do I qualify?
Cases are accepted according to financial need, educational value for our students, and availability
of staff and students to perform services. Submit your completed
application to be placed on our waiting list.