Non Profit Organizations

Counsel Direct Law Offices serves the legal needs of the nonprofit sector. We serve nonprofit service providers, individual and corporate donors, nonprofit advocacy groups, and others.

Using our substantial experience in the law and business, and service to nonprofit organizations, we cover all aspects of forming, maintaining, merging and dissolving nonprofit organizations and the establishment of federal and state tax-exempt status.

We are glad to assist with a diverse range of items including entity choice and formation, operation of the nonprofit organization, preparation and review of legal agreements, leases, and business agreements, and revenue generating activities, and nonprofit governance.

Our goal is to provide the highest quality legal representation possible to our clients. We strive to provide legal services promptly and economically.

Specific services include:

  • Choice of form of entity (nonprofit corporation, limited liability company, unincorporated association, or trust, for example) and state of formation
  • Drafting articles, bylaws, operating agreements and other formation documents that are best suited to the particular needs of your nonprofit organization
  • Board of Directors operations; fiduciary duties of the board and officers

  • Exemption from California income and franchise taxes, including  exemption from income taxes under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), or any of the sections of 501(c)
  • Reviewing business plans
  • Organization policies, including policies on conflicts of interest, investments, endowment spending, document retention, whistleblower protection, and gift acceptance

  • Compliance with open meeting laws

  • Drafting board, committee, and member resolutions

  • Employment policies, agreements, and legal issues
  • Business income generated by an entity, while furthering its exempt purpose
  • Vehicle donation programs and the regulations associated with them
  • Joint ventures and alliances; Resource sharing and technical assistance agreements between entities
  • Trademark licensing and other intellectual property matters

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Counsel Direct Law Offices

137 North Acacia Avenue
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Phone: 858-259-6555
Fax: 858-259-6559