Are there any sources of legal assistance for people who are new to exporting?
The Export Legal Assistance Network (ELAN), a program of the Small Business Administration (SBA) , is a nationwide group of volunteer attorneys with experience in international trade who provide free initial legal consultations to small businesses on export-related law matters. They assist "new-to-exporting" firms in the planning process for an export business, explain the basic agent-distributor agreement, etc. A comprehensive list of regional coordinators who can refer you to a participating attorney can be found on the National Export Directory - the Trade Information Center's guide to federal, state and local trade offices throughout the United States. It is available at www.export.gov (click on the link "Find a Local U.S. Office") or by calling 1 (800) USA-TRADE.