Nonprofit Organization Lawyers
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 organizations 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.
Nonprofit organizations 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 nonprofit organizations 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.