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Without sound legal advice that can head off problems, a nonprofit organization’s entire mission can be at risk.
LegalCORPS assists small nonprofits by connecting them with volunteer business lawyers who can provide high-quality, free business legal services.
Nonprofits face legal issues with both ongoing legal concerns and emerging issues. Some ongoing concerns are common to nonprofit and for-profit organizations alike. Some are:
- Human resources, including employment and benefits;
- Contracts relating to leases, buying buildings, signing state and county contracts;
- Articles and bylaws; mergers and dissolutions;
- Intellectual property (particularly copyright and trademark).
Some emerging issues are unique to the nonprofit sector, however. They include:
- Special state and federal reporting requirements;
- Lobbying expenditures limits;
- Regulations directed at mitigating conflicts of interest and monitoring executive compensation;
- Tax-related issues around unrelated business income.
LegalCORPS volunteers assist eligible nonprofits after they have incorporated and received tax-exempt status from the IRS. (For eligible religious organizations, they must be qualified for tax-exempt status.) LegalCORPS can help organizations that have not yet incorporated and received tax-exempt status to find the assistance they need to do so.
LegalCORPS volunteers do not assist organizations in litigation or other adversarial proceedings.