The Law Office of Michelle A. Adams can assist a new organization as early as the vision forms in the founder’s mind.  This assistance may involve guiding the organization through the setup process, providing representation as it pursues tax exempt status, and setting the proper policies in place to better remain in compliance with the tax regulators and best practices in the nonprofit world.  Our goal is to be accessible to clients, connecting with them through plain language, and conveying realistic expectations as they move through a process that is unfamiliar to most. 

Every organization is unique, but the process of establishing a new nonprofit may involve the following strategic and legal matters:

  • Choosing an appropriate organizational name
  • Selecting a Board of Directors
  • Preparing a proper purpose statement
  • Strategic Structuring (Supporting Organizations, Group Exemption, Chapters, Associations, Religious Structures, etc.)
  • Formation Documents (Articles of Incorporation, etc.)
  • Governing Documents (Bylaws, Conflict of Interest Policy, Compensation Policy, etc.)
  • Tax Exemption Applications and Issues (Federal and State)
  • Charitable Solicitation Registration
  • Executive Compensation
  • Annual Reporting & Compliance matters
  • Donation Management & the Public Support Test
  • Volunteer Management
  • Trademarks, Service Marks, & Copyright matters
  • Interntional Grantmaking & Expenditure Responsibility