Small Businesses

We are committed to helping non-profits and small businesses serving distressed communities succeed. If you dream of creating a business, or you already have a business that works with underserved communities, DCALF attorneys may be able to help.

We provide legal representation in the following areas:

Forming a business or non-profit organization We assist individuals who want to pursue their dream of forming a business entity serving distressed communities. DCALF helps clients determine which business entity they should form such as C-Corporations, S-Corporations, Benefit Corporations, Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

Negotiating Leases DCALF associates represent business owners who are negotiating a commercial lease and want to make sure they protect their business.

Reviewing business documents We help business owners review documents and contracts associated with their business.


We provide initial consultations for a set fee of $75. At the initial consultation, clients meet with a DCALF attorney and receive preliminary legal advice. If DCALF accepts a case for further representation, we charge an hourly rate of $75. Some clients may have the option to pay a flat rate for particular legal services. We provide an estimate of costs at the beginning of all cases. Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have about our fees.

If you are looking for legal advice for your small business, please call us at 202-844-5430 or fill out our online form and a DCALF attorney will contact you.