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About Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts
VLA

The Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts (VLA) provides legal services, advice, and educational programming to artists and cultural organizations through out Massachusetts. The VLA program accomplishes its mission through the work of a panel of more than 750 attorneys who volunteer their time and services to provide legal counsel, education, and organizational support to the Massachusetts arts community.

The VLA provided direct legal services to more than 250 artists and arts organizations this past fiscal year. Through our in-house and referred cases, the VLA provided $758,000 in donated services last year.

The VLA provides pro bono and reduced fee legal services to qualifying individual artists, creative entrepreneurs, inventors, musical groups, and nonprofit organizations. Based on the information in your application, the VLA will determine if your legal issue can be addressed by the A&BC office directly or whether it is more appropriate to refer you to a VLA panel attorney. While we will do our best to place urgent matters, we may not be able to provide urgent assistance due to the volunteer nature of our panel. Also, while we endeavor to place every matter we approve, we cannot guarantee an attorney will be located for your matter.

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Legal Services For Artists, Creative
Entrepreneurs and Arts Organizations

If you are an individual or cultural organization seeking legal assistance, we can help. Applying for services is easy, and we’ll show you how. We look forward to learning more about your needs.

Nonprofit Incorporation Services

If you are part of an organization seeking nonprofit incorporation services, we can help. Learn more about our incorporation services, or attend one of our nonprofit incorporation workshops, held every two months in Boston. View our calendar.

Patent Pro Bono Program

The VLA has partnered with the USPTO and the Boston Patent Law Association to provide pro bono legal assistance to eligible inventors in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

Estate Planning

We believe every artist should protect his or her estate legacy. It’s never too late or too early to think seriously about your legacy and to take steps now that will make a difference!

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