Bite-Sized Law

Have a legal question but not quite ready to read a full legal guide? These Bite-Sized Legal Guide are a great place to start!

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: These Bite-Sized Legal Guides have been prepared by Sustainable Economies Law Center staff and volunteers as handouts for the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe. The contents of the Guides should NOT be relied on as legal advice. Furthermore, some of this information could become outdated, laws may vary from place to place, and although we've tried to collect accurate information and give the laws our best interpretation, some information in these Bite-Sized Legal Guides could be incorrect or subject to different interpretations by courts and regulators. We hope that's not the case, but, what can we say? Law is complicated stuff! That's why we STRONGLY recommend that you consult with an attorney before using this information.

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Sustainable Economies Law Center logoBite-Sized Legal Guide to Securities Law Exemptions 

In this Bite-Sized Legal Guide, we explore the common exemptions to federal and state securities law that can be used when raising capital for your enterprise.

SELC_symbol_colour_RGB(for_screen).jpgBite-Sized Law: Self-Directed IRAs and Solo 401(k)s

In this Bite-Sized Legal Guide, we explore how to pull your retirement savings out of Wall Street and invest it in things that enrich your local community.

SELC_symbol_colour_RGB(for_screen).jpgBite-Sized Legal Guide to Becoming an Organic Producer

In this Bite-Sized Legal Guide, we explore the legal definition and requirements for "organic," who can (and must) be certified organic, how you can become a certified organic producer in California, and how to label organic products.

Sustainable Economies Law Center logoBite-Sized Law: How to Sell Eggs in California

In this Bite-Sized Legal Guide, we explore the rules for small-scale egg production and sale in California. 

 

Sustainable Economies Law Center logoBite-Sized Legal Guide to Becoming a Personal Chef in California

In this Bite-Sized Legal Guide, we explore the certifications and permits you'll need to become a personal chef in California.

 

Sustainable Economies Law Center logoBite-Sized Legal Guide to Selling Produce From Your Small Farm, Community Garden, or Backyard in California

In this Bite-Sized Legal Guide, we explore California rules for selling urban grown produce -- including foraged food! 

Sustainable Economies Law Center logoBite-Sized Legal Guide to Making Decisions in a Cooperative

In this Bite-Sized Legal Guide, we explore the different ways cooperatives have navigated how to make decisions in a democratic workplace.

Sustainable Economies Law Center logoBite-Sized Legal Guide to Operating a Pushcart in Oakland

In this Bite-Sized Legal Guide, we explore how to operate a pushcart under Oakland's pilot mobile vending program. 

Sustainable Economies Law Center logoBite-Sized Legal Guide to Running a Cooperative Child Care Arrangement in California

In this Bite-Sized Legal Guide, we explore how to run a cooperative child care arrangement in California.

Sustainable Economies Law Center logoBite-Sized Law: Tips for Working With Lawyers

In this Bite-Sized Legal Guide, we explore some things to consider before seeking legal advice. 

Sustainable Economies Law Center logoBite-Sized Law: How to Incorporate as an LLC or Partnership

In this Bite-Sized Legal Guide, we explore some steps to establish limited liability entities. 

Sustainable Economies Law Center logoBite-Sized Law: How to Create an Accessible Urban Garden

In this Bite-Sized Legal Guide, we explore methods for increasing access to urban farms.

Sustainable Economies Law Center logoBite-Sized Legal Guide to Becoming a Worker Self-Directed Nonprofit

In this Bite-Sized Legal Guide, we explore how worker self-direction can help nonprofits better achieve their missions, as well as the legal considerations for becoming a worker self-directed nonprofit. This bite-sized guide also includes a sample board resolution for worker self-direction. 

 


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