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Legal services are often hard to find for people in rural communities. An overwhelming percentage of New York attorneys locate in urban areas, leaving rural counties without convenient access to legal help. In response, the Government Law Center formed the Rural Law Initiative.
The Rural Law Initiative is a pilot program, funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, bringing legal assistance to small and start-up businesses in rural Upstate New York. Under the Rural Law Initiative, the Government Law Center will offer free legal education and assistance to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and farms. Our satellite offices are located in Herkimer, Otsego, Schoharie, and Sullivan counties.
The Rural Law Initiative can help constituents in the following areas:
Although the Rural Law Initiative can help with a limited scope of services, we cannot represent a participant in a legal matter before a court or other tribunal. Where necessary, the Rural Law Initiative will connect business owners with local practitioners to represent the businesses in a more comprehensive capacity.
If you are interested in participating in the Rural Law Initiative please complete the online registration by clicking the blue box at the top-right of this page. Because the Rural Law Initiative is a federally funded program, not all business may be eligible to participate in the program. The Government Law Center will reach out to those participants who do not meet eligibility standards to guide them to other free or low cost legal resources.
For reporting purposes, we may ask participants to respond to surveys measuring the effectiveness of the program..
Client Registration Form
Rural Law Initiative Legal Resources
Herkimer CountyMohawk Valley Economic Development District26 West Main StreetMohawk, NY 13407
Schoharie CountySUNY Cobleskill106 Suffolk CircleCobleskill, NY 12043
Sullivan CountyCornell Cooperative Extension64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Liberty, NY
Otsego CountyOtsego Now189 Main St. Oneonta, NY 13820
OtherthINCubator326 Broad StreetUtica, NY 13502
Additional Offices To Be Announced