Non-Profit Lawyer in Louisville, Kentucky
Have you ever heard the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child?" Well, I believe it takes a community to build a non-profit. And as a lawyer for working people, I'm here to be a part of that community and help you navigate the complex world of non-profit law.
In my toolbox, you'll find more than just legal knowledge. Yes, I've got a strong background in employment law—but I also bring networking, strategy, and consulting to the table. I see myself as a consultant, organizer, speaker, strategist, and legal representative. Most importantly, though, I view myself as a partner, working alongside you to fight for social justice and make a meaningful impact on the community we share.
Understanding Non-Profit Law
Non-profit law can truly seem like a maze, full of twists and turns, leaving you feeling lost. I'm committed to creating partnerships with businesses, nonprofits, churches, and community leaders in order to navigate this maze and work toward shared goals. Part of this commitment means fostering an increased understanding of key elements of non-profit law so that you can feel confident moving forward.
Running a non-profit and upholding your legal rights as a non-profit organization can be a minefield if you're not familiar with it.
Navigating Tax and Regulatory Compliance
To start, let’s discuss compliance. In the realm of non-profits, tax and regulatory compliance hold significant weight. Each non-profit organization must adhere to specific rules set forth by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which include maintaining an exempt status, managing donations, and proper reporting of income, among others.
One of the cornerstone requirements is the necessity to file an annual information return or notice with the IRS. The form to be filed typically depends on the financial activity of the non-profit. Entities with gross receipts below a certain threshold may file an electronic notice known as Form 990-N (e-Postcard), while larger nonprofits must file a more detailed form, such as Form 990 or 990-EZ.
In addition to federal regulations, non-profits must also comply with state and local laws. These can vary widely and may involve matters such as fundraising, sales tax exemption, property tax exemption, and corporate registration.
Understanding and navigating these complexities can be a daunting task, so don’t go at it alone. An attorney can be a tremendous help to you and your mission. Let’s ensure your organization remains in good legal standing so you can focus on fulfilling your mission and serving your community.
Non-Profit Development and Formation: A Legal Perspective
Non-profit development and formation can be a complicated process, requiring a deep understanding of both state law and federal regulations. This is where the detailed guidance of an attorney well-versed in nonprofit law becomes invaluable. From the initial step of defining your mission and vision, drafting the articles of incorporation and bylaws, and applying for tax-exempt status, the assistance of a legal professional ensures that your organization is set up correctly, right from the very beginning.
Your lawyer will guide you in drafting the foundational documents of your organization: the articles of incorporation and bylaws. These documents outline your organization's purpose, board structure, membership rules, and other operational details. It is crucial that these documents are tailored to your organization's needs and comply with Kentucky laws and other relevant laws.
Applying for tax-exempt status is another critical step in the formation of a nonprofit. The process involves completing a comprehensive application to the IRS, known as the Form 1023. This form requires detailed information about your organization’s structure, governance, and programs. A non-profit lawyer can guide you through the complexities of this form, ensuring that you avoid errors that could delay or jeopardize your tax-exempt status.
Furthermore, there might be additional state-level requirements for tax exemption that your attorney can guide you through. They can also help you understand the ongoing compliance requirements to maintain your nonprofit status, avoiding potentially costly mistakes down the road.
Committed to Social Justice
As someone who's passionate about social justice, particularly racial justice, I'm not just here to provide legal services. I’m here to fight for a brighter tomorrow. Whether it's handling cases related to wage and hour violations, sexual harassment, employee misclassification, or class actions, I'm dedicated to using my experience to bring about meaningful change. I believe in the power of collaboration, and I'm committed to collaborating with you.
Non-Profit Lawyer in Louisville, Kentucky
Running a non-profit is no easy task, and navigating non-profit law can be even tougher. As a non-profit lawyer serving Louisville and the rest of Kentucky, I have the privilege of working with organizations that are dedicated to making a positive impact on society. Whether you need legal representation, consulting services, or strategic guidance, reach out to me today. Let's roll up our sleeves, get to work, and build a better future.