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Legal Assistance

The Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester is able to provide referrals for pro-bono legal assistance for income-eligible individual artist members as well as non-profit members with operational budgets under$600,000. We are only able to provide assistance with arts-related issues.

For more information on our legal assistance program, please contact the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester
at (585) 473-4000.


Additional Legal Resources

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
The Paley Building
1 East 53rd Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY10022
The Art Law Line: (212) 319-ARTS, extension 1

New York State Bar Association
One Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
(518) 463-3200

Governor's Office of Regulatory Reforms
Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, 17th Floor
P.O. Box 7027
Albany, NY 12225
(518) 474-8275 (24-hour assistance)
(800) 343-3464
This office helps you to license a New York business.

The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, Inc.
65 W. Broad Street, Suite 400
Rochester, New York 14614
(585)-232-4090
Contact: Alan S Harris
Provides Civil Legal Service to low income people in Monroe County, including: Domestic Relations, Child Support, Immigration, Housing, Domestic Violence (also Orleans County), Youth Advocacy and Law Guardian representation. Intake is by telephone, there are financial eligibility requirements and fees vary depending on the program.

Monroe County Bar Association
5th Floor
1 Exchange Street
Rochester, NY 14614
(585) 546-1817

Monroe County Legal Assistance Corp.
80 St. Paul Street
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 325-2520
Contact: LeAnna Hart Gipson
Handles consumer and discrimination cases. No fee services. Eligibility based on income.

Monroe County Clerk Office
39 West Main Street
Rochester, NY 14614
(585) 428-5151
You can register DBA, Partner or Corporation in this office.

Small Business Court
Rochester City Court Civil Branch
99 Exchange Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14614
(585) 428-2444
Small claims court is used exclusively for monetary claims of $2,000 or less. The court is set up for prompt, informal and inexpensive determination of a claim. Generally, each party presents his or her own case. You do not need to be represented by a lawyer. Small claims court cases are heard by either a judge or an arbitrator.

The programs and services of the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester
31 Prince Street
Rochester NY 14607
(585) 473-4000