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Thank you for your interest in the North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program (NC LEAP).

To request assistance, please complete the application form by clicking the link below. For your convenience and reference, a blank form is available for download here. NOTE: applications will not be accepted by mail or email.

To apply, you must click the link below and fill out the online form:  

                                     APPLY HERE

NC LEAP is a volunteer-based, donor-supported program of the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation serving basic transactional law needs of North Carolina’s low-wealth entrepreneurs and inventors.  NC LEAP can sometimes assist qualified established nonprofit organizations in North Carolina with business-related matters. NC LEAP cannot assist with litigation, matters in dispute, or matters already being handled by an attorney.

Please note: NC LEAP can only serve individuals whose income falls below 300% of federal poverty guidelines; NC LEAP clients also are subject to asset limits. The federal poverty guidelines are updated every year by the Census Bureau and can be found here.

If you are seeking pro bono assistance with a patent application, please be aware that it may take 6-8 weeks for NC LEAP to process your application. The program currently has a waiting list for pro bono patent assistance. If you have an approaching deadline, you are encouraged to seek other resources.

If you are in need of immediate legal assistance, contact the Lawyer Referral Service at 1.800.662.7660 or

Please contact NC LEAP at with questions.