Nonprofit organizations face many of the same legal issues that for-profit
businesses face. As a full-service business law firm, The Van Winkle Law
Firm is poised to provide experienced counsel in all the “traditional”
areas of business law, including taxation, labor and employment, governance,
contracts, real estate, land use, insurance, risk management, protection
of intellectual property, and dispute resolution or litigation. Lawyers
in our nonprofit practice group often call upon the experience of attorneys
in other practice groups to provide the nonprofit and business clients
with a seamless and holistic approach to legal challenges.
Nonprofits also confront many legal issues that are unique to having tax-exempt
status or a charitable purpose. Nonprofit law is heavily tax driven, and
tax law is an area that is constantly changing. Nonprofits must confront
special tax rules related to compensation of directors and officers, fundraising
and solicitations, unrelated business income, restrictions on political
involvement, and more. Our understanding of the unique needs of nonprofits—derived
not only from our legal practice, but also from our long history of participation
and leadership in the nonprofit community—enables us to offer broader
and more useful counseling that recognizes the practical considerations
involved in the legal issues facing nonprofits.
Finally, many nonprofits worry about long-term financial and operational
security. The Van Winkle Law Firm's experienced team of trust and
estate planning lawyers can assist nonprofits, and the individuals who
support them, with planned giving strategies to sustain the fulfillment
of the organization’s charitable purpose in perpetuity.