Business & Nonprofit Law

Small Business Law governs how people conduct business in the government and private sectors. It covers the formation of a new business such as a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, limited liability company and a franchise. It also covers nonprofit organizations which are business entities that have special purposes to benefit others and not intended to be for the profit of investors. Frequently referred to as IRS 501(c)(3) companies, nonprofits (such as charitable or educational foundations) are afforded special tax treatment.

Choosing the appropriate legal entity is one of the most important decisions an entrepreneur can make. The limitations of liability and tax benefits vary between corporate entities and state laws. Incorporating a new business can be complicated and may require the creation and filing of a set of corporate bylaws, articles of incorporation and articles of organization. Corporate law covers shares, dividends, shareholders, officers, board of directors, mergers and acquisitions, franchise law, securities and antitrust regulations. Having a knowledgeable business lawyer on hand at the beginning of a venture can be extremely beneficial for individuals and startup companies.

  1. Formation, LLC, Corps The Registered Agent Requirement for Business Entities

    Learn about what a registered agent is, what they do and when they are required. Learn who can be a registered agent and how to appoint a registered agent..
  2. Starting a Business Starting a Business Checklist 3: Licensing, Reporting & Operations

    A detailed checklist to use after you've incorporate and registered your new business. Learn how to get an EIN number, get insurance policies, secure a location and more.
  3. Starting a Business Starting a Business Checklist 2: Registration & Incorporation

    A detailed checklist to use when registering a new business, including a partnership, corporation, LLC or PC / PLLC. Understand how to incorporate, fill out required forms, determine the fees,...
  4. Starting a Business Starting a Business Checklist 1: Planning

    A detailed checklist to use when starting a new business. Provides explanations for each item, instructions on how to complete each task and insights into making good decisions, critical at the...
  5. Formation, LLC, Corps How to Obtain Tax-Exempt Status For a Nonprofit Organization

    Determine whether your organization may be tax-exempt under IRS rules. An easy to understand review of IRS 501(c) rules to help you avoid erroneous filing and the waste of time and money.
  6. Formation, LLC, Corps How to Select a Board of Directors

    Explanation of the functions of the board and best practices on how to choose them. Covers both nonprofit organizations and for-profit corporations, legal duties, corporate responsibilities and more.
  7. Formation, LLC, Corps Steps to Take Before Incorporating Your Business

    Instructions for the steps to incorporate / create a for-profit corporation. Introduction on formation and walk through the process of choosing an entity type, filing, required formalities and more.
  8. Non-profit How to Define the Purpose of a Nonprofit Organization

    How to define your nonprofit organization, create a mission statement and maximize its ability to be remembered - second article in series of "How to Create your Nonprofit Organization."
  9. Non-profit How to Create a Nonprofit Organization of Foundation

    List of steps necessary to create a nonprofit organization / corporation and tax exempt 501(c)(3) company. Introduction on formation and walk through the process of starting your own nonprofit.
  10. Formation, LLC, Corps How to Choose a Good Company Name & Brand

    Best practices on how to select a good company name when creating a new corporation including federal trademarks, state databases, domain name issues and registration and more.