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NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Our Nonprofit Organizations practice focuses on providing nonprofits, not-for-profit, and other public benefit organizations with access to comprehensive legal services. Our lawyers can form your organization, counsel your firm with regard to corporate governance, or champion your deals and transaction.

Our lawyers are also well versed in dealing with foreign information privacy and working with you to comply with foreign information privacy laws and rules.

Generally, nonprofits are formed in the same way as for-profit corporations: by filing articles of incorporation with a state business registration office. Nonprofits, however, are covered under a special section of the state's corporation laws. Nonprofit laws require the formation paperwork to state that the organization is forming for charitable purposes to benefit the public.

Nonprofit corporations do not have shareholders. Instead, it is an independent entity that exists to serve the public and has no owners. Nonprofit laws require the formation paperwork to state that the operation of the organization will not provide financial profit for individual persons.

The nonprofit corporation's board of directors provides the organization with oversight. The nonprofit board is legally required to make sure that the organization is operating properly and for the benefit of the public. The board is the final authority and can hire or fire management.

A nonprofit corporation can typically apply for an exemption from state taxation based on its incorporation under the state's nonprofit laws. Most nonprofits also want to qualify for exemption from federal taxation. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) accepts applications for tax exemption from different types of nonprofits. If the nonprofit also wants donations to the organization to be tax-deductible for the donors, it must apply for tax exemption under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The IRS typically wants to see specific language in a nonprofit's state formation paperwork before the agency will approve its application. Coordinating state and IRS requirements can be complicated.

Many states require nonprofit corporations to register with a state charities oversight agency before the nonprofit can raise money from the public. The registration process ensures that the nonprofit is properly set up and managed so that it can be held accountable for its actions.

The law surrounding creation and operation of a nonprofit corporation is complicated. Plus, the facts of each case are unique. In addition to helping create the legal structure for non-profit organizations and helping them file for tax-exempt status, we also assist non-profits in their general operations, determining policy, and establishing affiliations with other non-profits.

DUI & DWI Offenses

A good DUI defense lawyer will help you understand the DUI process and the means by which to defend a DUI. The effects of being arrested for DUI in California are harsh and broad, they affect the accused financially, professionally, emotionally, and socially. More often than not, being arrested for DUI is the first encounter and likely last encounter people have with law enforcement. The legal fees alone are the first part of an expensive and long process.

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MyCounsel

Our MyCounsel program offers small business, startups, and other organizations with flexible, but comprehensive legal services. Often, small businesses, startups, and other organizations do not have the ability to employ an attorney on retainer or the need to commit to a full-time in-house lawyer.

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RightSourcing

RightSourcing is the process by which we assist your company or firm manage its legal work. Outsourcing your work can be to domestic service providers or offshore vendors. When deciding what source to utilize to complete a project or take over a routine task by your company or firm, you must first do a cost benefit analysis and consider the potential pros and cons.

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Attorney Profile

Daniel Vaswani

Daniel is a business, criminal, and social security benefits lawyer dedicated to assisting his client's achieve their goals, mitigating risks and consequences, and defending their rights. His diverse practice is a result of broad experiences as a lawyer and before obtaining his law degree.

Daniel.Vaswani@RedMetric.com