Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get assistance from TALA ?

In order to receive assistance from TALA you must be a member. Once you are a member, we will look at the circumstances of your case and determine whether it can be handled by one of TALA’s staff attorneys or pro bono volunteers. If we cannot assist you, we will do our best to refer you to an attorney who may be able to help.

Are there any reasons TALA may not be able to assist me?

While TALA does its best to help as many clients as possible, TALA reserves the right to reject a client’s application for assistance under certain circumstances, including, but not limited to:

  • Matters requiring litigation. TALA does not handle litigation. TALA does, however, provide mediation services, which is a possible alternative to litigation.
  • Complex matters potentially requiring too much time to be resolved on a volunteer basis.
  • Unavailability of a qualified volunteer to handle a particular request.
  • You may not meet our income guidelines.

Please also note that TALA cannot accept cases that require immediate assistance. If you need immediate assistance, we’ll do our best to find you an appropriate referral agency.

What kind of cases does TALA handle?

  • TALA assists with legal issues pertaining to individual artists: contracts, copyright, licensing agreements, art-related insurance, landlord/tenant issues (pertaining to studio space).
  • TALA does not assist business entities such as record labels or production companies.
  • TALA also assists with legal issues for arts nonprofits: board issues, contracts, leasing agreements, etc.
  • TALA does not handle: tax returns, family law, criminal law, business associations, bankruptcy, or litigation.

Where can I look for help if my issue is not something handled by TALA?