If you are looking for a nonprofit attorney whether you already own a nonprofit or if you are looking to start one, you may be in a situation where you need to dot your “i’s” and cross your “t’s”. We have real estate attorneys who specifically have worked with non-profit folks to get them the information they needed or to help them stay within the confines of the law when it comes to running or starting a nonprofit.
So let’s go over the two most common scenarios we find our clients asking us, and those are in regards to starting a brand new non-profit or if you simply need help with someone suing your nonprofit or some other situation that you’re not sure how to handle.
#1. Starting A Brand New Nonprofit
When you are trying to start a new non-profit, you may find that there are little nuances that are particular to nonprofits, it’s not exactly as easy as starting an LLC or S-Corp for example as there are different sorts of documents and other loopholes you have to jump through in order to play ball in non-profit land. As such, here are some of the common things you should know when starting a nonprofit company.
- Tax Exemption Status
One exception you may want to know about and that other non-specialized business attorneys may not know about themselves, is whether or not your non-profit can claim a tax exempt status, and then how to go about doing that using the proper legal channels and filling out the right documents. You want to make sure you do this tricky part right, as it can really cost your nonprofit a lot of pain in the long run.
- Political Organizations
If you have a nonprofit that falls under the umbrella of politics, there are very specific rules you must follow that can easily screw you up down the line if you don’t follow up the setup procedures correctly the first time around. These issues can be severely detrimental and attract lawsuits as well, that can be the downfall of a political campaign or impact electability.
- Religious Nonprofits
Similar to politics, religious nonprofits have their very own can of worms to deal with legally speaking, and there are certain pitfalls that you must avoid if you don’t want to end up in a bad situation down the line. For one, religious nonprofits have their very own rules and tax exemptions for example. You really need a specialist who knows what they are doing with the formation of a religious nonprofit organization.
#2. Already Have A Nonprofit
If you already own a nonprofit, there are a variety of situations you might find yourself in that would require a nonprofit attorney. Nonprofits unfortunately can be the target for frivolous lawsuits, or they may face tax issues or any other situation that you could think of. So let’s discuss why you may need the services of a nonprofit attorney if you already own or run a nonprofit organization:
- Copyrights & Trademarks
If you own a nonprofit you may have run into issues of copyright infringement or mistakes made in this domain of the law. Whether someone has made a claim against you for copyright infringement or you are trying to avoid stepping on a legal landmine that would happen if you were to run afoul of copyright law, we can help you in both of these situations. We’ll do all the required work to make sure your nonprofit stays in good standing with the law.
- Lobbying & Political Compliance
Another common issue when it comes to nonprofits is where the law comes into play with your lobbying efforts, you may want to know whether you are in legal grey area or if what you are doing is completely above board.
- Contract Issues
With nonprofits, there are contracts contracts everywhere you turn, and its your responsibility to be in compliance with all of them, or else! This is where our nonprofit attorneys come into the picture to make sure that you are towing the legal line. We’ll help you with any contractual issues or disputes certain parties may be having against you and work to remedy the situation hopefully without any time in court.
We at Attorneys Real Estate Group hope you found this article helpful and found value in it. If you do have a need for a nonprofit attorney in the greater Sacramento or surrounding area, please feel free to reach out to us and request a free phone consultation. A nonprofit attorney near you can make all the difference in getting you the help you need, we have offices in the Roseville area, and are able to accommodate people who have questions about starting or running a nonprofit from anywhere in the California area by phone or video conference.
If you’d like a free consultation to discuss your needs feel free to give us a call!