Is legal assistance available for new exporters?Is legal assistance available for new exporters?
Yes. The Export Legal Assistance Network (ELAN) is a nationwide group of attorneys with experience in international trade who volunteer their time to provide initial legal consultations to small businesses interested in exporting. ELAN is sponsored by the Federal Bar Association in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Small Business Administration.
An ELAN lawyer offers a free (generally 30 minute) consultation to help you identify the key legal issues facing your company in exporting. The volunteer will explain basic contractual requirements, taxes and regulations and give you introductory information on other necessary resources, such as banks, freight forwarders, insurance companies, and state and federal programs to expand exports.
Your consultation will last long enough to identify the legal issues facing your product or service. This free consultation is meant to provide a reasonably detailed overview of the legal issues involved in exporting. You are then free to handle the next steps yourself, or to hire an attorney to complete them for you.
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