Frequently Asked Questions


Please note: The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only, and is not legal advice or a substitute for legal counsel. As legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, nothing provided herein should be construed as legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship between you and Cannonball. Cannonball expressly disclaims any liability in respect to actions taken or not taken based on any or all of these contents.


For Artists

I have a legal issue. How can I get assistance?
If you are an artist or a member of the art community and have a legal issue, please fill out an Artist Registration Form or contact the LegalLink Coordinator at (786) 347-2360 or at legallink@cannonballmiami.org

What kind of cases does LegalLink assist with?
LegalLink assists with a wide range of legal services in areas such as estate planning, family law, immigration, business law, contracts, real estate, taxes, copyright and trademark. Due to varying levels of complexity and required time, some types of cases may be more difficult to place with volunteer attorneys.

What kind of cases does LegalLink not assist with?
At this time, LegalLink cannot assist with criminal cases or matters not under the jurisdiction of Florida. Additionally, due to the complexity of certain matters, LegalLink may be unable to place particular cases with a volunteer attorney.

What do I have to pay?
LegalLink services are available to members of the organization at the Wader level ($50) or above. The minimum Wader level membership fee supports LegalLink's continued ability to provide affordable services to today's artists. The fee is annual and may be renewed upon the expiration of one year from initial payment, if future legal services are needed. Please visit our membership page to select the membership level of your preference.
While LegalLink strives to connect artists with attorneys on a pro-bono basis, the complexity and time requirements of some cases may require a different arrangement, such as barter or reduced-fee. In addition, any fees and costs (such as filing fees, mailing and printing costs, etc.) may remain the responsibility of the artist.

Why do I have to become a Member? What does my Membership give me?
Cannonball is a non-profit organization that relies in part on donations and membership fees to provide affordable legal services to members of the art community. Cannonball provides several opportunities to become a member of the organization, and each level guarantees certain benefits, including access to LegalLink services. Please dive in to learn more about the different memberships available.

What does pro bono mean?
Pro bono means that attorneys are volunteering their time. While LegalLink strives to connect artists with attorneys on a pro-bono basis, the complexity and time requirements of some cases may require a different arrangement, such as barter or reduced-fee. In addition, any fees and costs (such as filing fees, mailing and printing costs, etc.) may remain the responsibility of the artist.

How long does it take to be placed with an attorney?
The time it takes an attorney to express interest in reviewing and potentially handling a case depends on the facts and complexities of the respective case. While most cases are placed with attorneys within a few weeks, this is not guaranteed for every case.

 

For Attorneys

How do I find out about volunteer opportunities for attorneys?
You can start by filling out the New Attorney Registration form. Our team will contact you based on the needs of the organization and your areas of expertise. The registration form can be found here.

Is my firm responsible for fees and costs?
We leave this arrangement up to you and your firm, although fees and costs are typically paid by the artist. Cannonball asks that you clarify this arrangement with any clients you agree to assist.

Do I need to join Cannonball to volunteer?
While a Cannonball membership is not necessary to volunteer with LegalLink, we encourage you to dive in.

Do I have to be an arts/entertainment lawyer to participate?
No, Cannonball provides a wide range of legal services. All areas of expertise are needed and welcomed.

What is the extent of the engagement with the client?
Once a matter is accepted, the Cannonball artist becomes your client. The extent of the engagement will depend on the complexity of the issue but should be equivalent to that provided to any other client with a similar legal issue.

What about clients who do not qualify for pro bono services?
Cannonball asks clients for income information; however, we currently accept all cases from artists in Florida. We certainly understand and respect any income pro bono restrictions that your firm has in place.

Are Cannonball matters transaction- or litigation-related?
LegalLink provides services for a wide-range of legal issues, which include transactional and litigation-related matters. As a volunteer attorney, you will have the opportunity to choose what matters you take on depending on your interest, comfort, or expertise.

After I accept a matter, what is Cannonball's role?
After a matter has been placed with a volunteer attorney, Cannonball will continue to provide support to the volunteer attorney and artist-client. We may request updates from the attorney to maintain our records up to date or to contact the client if necessary.

Do I need malpractice insurance to volunteer?
At this time, Cannonball accepts volunteer attorneys who are not covered by malpractice insurance.

What if I can no longer handle a matter?
If you find that you can no longer handle a Cannonball case, please immediately contact the LegalLink Coordinator at (786)347-2360 or legallink@cannonballmiami.org so that we can place the client with another attorney.

What if a client is unresponsive?
If a client is unresponsive, please contact the LegalLink Coordinator at (786) 347-2360 or at legallink@cannonballmiami.org immediately so that we can assist you in contacting your client or to assist in effectively closing the matter.

Are there any events for volunteer attorneys to attend?
Yes. In addition to the LegalLink program, Cannonball also manages several core initiatives that provide numerous opportunities for attorneys to attend panel discussions, artist talks and workshops, roundtable debates, performances and exhibitions. Please visit Current Antics to learn about our upcoming events.