Welcome to NC LEAP

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NC LEAP (North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program) strives to be the premier provider of business-related legal services to low-wealth entrepreneurs and business owners in North Carolina. Through one-on-one representation, community education, and self-help materials, NC LEAP empowers low-wealth business owners to build businesses in North Carolina that create jobs, improve communities, and boost participants out of the poverty cycle. donateNow_small.jpg

Beginning in May 2014, in partnership with the USPTO, NC LEAP is expanding to include a regional Inventor Assistance Program (IAP), which is designed to assist qualified inventors and small businesses with gaining pro bono access to the services of a registered patent professional.  For more information, click here.  

NC LEAP is a public service program of the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Your donations ensure that NC LEAP will continue with its mission of helping North Carolinas low-wealth entrepreneurs. Please click here to learn more.


NC LEAP provides pro bono legal services to low-wealth entrepreneurs who are starting or expanding their businesses in North Carolina. These free services are provided by North Carolina business and transactional lawyers who seek to give back to their communities. Services range from basic transactional legal needs as struggling entrepreneurs strive to establish their businesses and create jobs, to potential long term client-counselor relations as their businesses grow.

NC LEAP and our volunteer attorneys offer a full range of transactional legal services to low-wealth entrepreneurs including:

  • Legal counsel and advice in startng and organizing a new business;
  • Drafting and/or reviewing documents, including articles of organization, by-laws, contracts, leases, loan documents, franchise agreements and vendor agreements;
  • Assistance in negotiating contracts;
  • Legal advice regarding business permits and licenses, and other applicable laws and regulations;
  • Protection of intellectual property through copyright, patent (limited cases), and trademark;
  • Referral to community partners including micro-lenders, entrepreneurial training programs and technical assistance programs; and
  • Trainings and presentations on legal issues for small business owners.

NC LEAP increases pro bono opportunities for North Carolina's business lawyers in their areas of expertise, increases the chances of success for low-wealth entrepreneurs and prepares North Carolina communities for success in our changing economy.

Join the NC LEAP Honor Roll! Below are the firms and organizations statewide that have contributed to the NC LEAP Fundraising Campaign during 2010-2013.

Bahnson, Inc. NCBA Corporate Counsel Section
Bank of America NCBA International Law & Practice Section
Bell Davis & Pitt Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
BlueCross/BlueShield of NC Parker Poe
Brooks Pierce Purrington Moody Weil
Carruthers & Roth Rayburn Cooper & Durham
DLA Piper Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson
Duke Energy Schell Bray Aycock Abel & Livingston
Hunton & Williams Smith Anderson
Hutchinson Law Group Smith Moore Leatherwood
K&L Gates The Van Winkle Law Firm
Kilpatrick Stockton The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation
Lenovo Williams Mullen
Lord Corporation Wishart Norris Henninger & Pittman
Manning Fulton Womble Carlyle
McGuireWoods Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton
McGuire, Wood & Bissette Young Moore & Henderson
Moore & Van Allen
Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec
NCBA Business Law Section



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