Updated: Jun 19
Starting a nonprofit organization is a big undertaking. It is important to get things right from the start. While there are a number of online sources that can lead you through the necessary steps and they might advertise that an attorney has reviewed their products, most of those online sources will not be tailored to your specific needs and wants. One of the best ways to ensure you have all your ducks in a row is to seek the advice of an attorney who has experience in nonprofit law and business organization setups.
Murphy's Law LLC can help you with a variety of tasks related to starting and running a nonprofit organization, including:
Choosing the right legal structure for your organization
Drafting bylaws and other governing documents
Filing the necessary paperwork with the state
Obtaining tax-exempt status
Managing finances and compliance
Dealing with legal issues that may arise from time to time
In addition to providing legal advice, an attorney can also offer valuable guidance and support as you start and grow your nonprofit organization. Unlike an internet service, I can help you develop a strategic plan, build relationships with key stakeholders, and navigate the often-complex world of nonprofit law.
If you're thinking about starting a nonprofit organization in Kansas, it is a good idea to consult with an attorney as soon as possible--even if that means going to another firm. An attorney can help you get your organization off on the right foot and avoid costly mistakes down the road.
Here are some specific reasons why you should seek the advice of an attorney before starting a nonprofit organization in Kansas:
To ensure that your organization is properly structured. There are a number of different legal structures available for nonprofit organizations, and the right structure for your organization will depend on a variety of factors, such as the size and scope of your organization, your funding sources, and your tax-exempt status. An attorney can help you choose the right legal structure for your organization and ensure that it is properly formed and maintained. They can consult with your accounting professional to make sure everyone is on the same page.
To draft the necessary governing documents. Once you have chosen the right legal structure for your organization, you will need to draft governing documents, such as bylaws and articles of incorporation. These documents will establish the rules and procedures for your organization, and they will be used to resolve disputes that may arise in the future. An attorney can help you draft these documents in a way that protects your organization and its members.
To file the necessary paperwork with the state. In order to operate as a nonprofit organization in Kansas, you will need to file certain paperwork with the state. This paperwork will vary depending on the type of nonprofit organization you are forming. An attorney can help you file the necessary paperwork and ensure that it is filed correctly.
To obtain tax-exempt status. In order to be eligible for tax-exempt status, your nonprofit organization must meet certain requirements. An attorney can help you determine if your organization is eligible for tax-exempt status and can assist you with the application process. They can work with your accountant prior to formalizing your application.
To manage finances and compliance. Nonprofit organizations are subject to a variety of financial and compliance requirements. An attorney can help you develop a financial management system and ensure that your organization is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
To deal with legal issues that may arise. As a nonprofit organization, you may face a variety of legal issues, such as disputes with employees, donors, or vendors. An attorney can help you resolve these issues and protect your organization's interests.
If you are considering starting a nonprofit organization in Kansas, it is important to seek the advice of an attorney as soon as possible, even if you don't choose this firm. An attorney can help you get started, think of the things that may go wrong, and make a plan to deal with those things as they happen. At Murphy's Law LLC, I can provide quotes for completing only select tasks versus developing an ongoing relationship to help you with the budgeting process. Give me a call to set up an in-person or remote consultation today.
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