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Should your non-profit have members?

Members significantly increase a non-profit corporation’s operation and recordkeeping burden, and members also restrict the actions that non-profit corporations (“NPC”) can take without a vote of approval by the membership. However, memberships are also an excellent way to bring in steady revenues and spread knowledge about and participation with your NPC. In short, you should Read More

Corporate Purpose: Does It Matter?

Corporate purpose defines the outer limitations on what your corporation is permitted to do. Historically, corporate purpose was very important because corporations were prohibited from asserting general purpose statements. However, modern corporate reform removed these limitations, and corporations may now use general purpose statements – and indeed most do. Corporation Purpose: Historical Perspective Historically, the Read More

Corporate Bylaws: A Primer

Bylaws are the structure of the corporation: its election procedures, meeting rules, distribution structure, conflicts of interest, and other important issues that the corporation must address. Think of the bylaws as your corporation’s “laws.” The bylaws are semi-permanent. They can be updated and should be reviewed at least every other year. Contrast the bylaws with Read More

Articles of Incorporation: A Primer

The essential difference between Articles of Incorporation (“Articles”) and Bylaws is that the articles are filed with the Secretary of State and are the official starting documents for the corporation. Conversely, bylaws are kept internally with the corporation and are never filed with the State. These two principal documents govern corporations. Think of the articles Read More

Why You Need a Lawyer to File a Lawsuit

A lawyer greatly increases your chance of winning your case or obtaining a favorable settlement. Fighting a case on your own means you have to prepare the complaint on your own, gather the mandatory initiating case documents and file them with the court, comply with mandatory deadlines which will end your case if you miss Read More

How a Lawyer Can Help Your Non-Profit

A lawyer can provide non-profit organizations with strategic advice, good governance training, legal and grant compliance, and many other services that magnify the impact of the non-profit and enhances its ability to fulfill its mission. Non-profits should hire attorneys to help them incorporate, apply for tax status, and establish good governance procedures. Attorneys can also Read More

What Is Causation In A Personal Injury Lawsuit?

To win your personal injury lawsuit, you must prove that the defendant caused your injury. Causation is composed of two elements: (1) “but for” the defendant’s actions, you would not have been injured, and (2) your injuries were a foreseeable result of the defendant’s actions. You must prove both of these issues before you can Read More

Why You Should Retain An Attorney For Your Business Needs

Non-attorney representatives cannot as effectively represent their clients’ business interests as an attorney because they are not trained to provide the same level of service and are not bound by the same ethical obligations as attorneys. Therefore, if something goes wrong, businesses cannot hold a non-attorney representative to the same professional standards as a lawyer. Read More

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