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. Non-profit Benefits of Forming a Nonprofit Organization

    What are the benefits of incorporating your nonprofit organization? Tax exemptions, fundraising and donations, reduced postage costs and more.
  2. Non-profit Non-Profit Organizations: Formation and Tax Exemption

    How to create and form a non-profit company, requirements for IRC § 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the IRS, best practices for maintaining tax exempt status and more.
  3. Formation, LLC, Corps Why to Incorporate and Managing Taxes & Formalities

    Corporations 101 is a basic introduction to corporations, why people incorporate, how to incorporate, how to maintain limited liability and how to file taxes.
  4. Formation, LLC, Corps Creating a Sole Proprietorship, the Simplest Business Entity

    The easiest business form to create is the sole proprietorship. It requires no formalities and easy to maintain, but it comes with the risk of unlimited personal liability.
  5. Contracts How to Make a Legally Valid and Binding Contract

    What are the legal requirements to make a contract legal and binding? A list of requirements and suggestions for oral and written contracts that are enforceable.
  6. Contracts The Statute of Frauds and Contract Law

    A list of contract types that the law requires are written and signed, not oral. An explanation of the Statute of Frauds and state requirements.
  7. Formation, LLC, Corps Should You Incorporate Your Business?

    Introduction to corporations and why people incorporate, what is limited liability, what are articles of incorporation and bylaws, how to file taxes.