Non-Profit LawThe formation, operation, and closure of non-profit, not-for-profit, and charity organizations is an area fraught with tax and legal hurdles. These non-profit organizations are commonly called 501(c)(3) organizations after the Internal Revenue Code section that describes them. An improperly formed or maintained 501(c)(3) can lose its tax exemption which can have serious consequences for the board and officers of the organization. Further, organizations need assistance in the management of charitable contributions, foundations, funds, filings, and expenditures.

The Burton Law Firm represents all organizations with tax-exempt status pursuant to section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, as well as any individual or group interested in creating such an organization with a charitable purpose. These groups include, but are not limited to, private and public foundations, professional and community groups, sports leagues, education organizations and boosters, religious institutions, and various other purposes. The Burton Law Firm, with our extensive tax and charitable giving background, particularly enjoys assisting clients with the development of planned giving and fundraising campaigns. We applaud your efforts, and want to be a part of your continued success.

During the initial formation phase of your non-profit organization, we can assist you in properly drafting and filing all of the important documents associated with establishment. We can offer assistance drafting your articles of incorporation and bylaws, creating your compliance policies, trademarking of logos and names, and most importantly correctly drafting and filing your application for 501(c) tax-exempt status. We are familiar with all aspects of non-profit law, and look forward to serving you.

During normal operations The Burton Law Firm can assist you with compliance audits and training, counsel regarding charitable fundraising and planned giving, internal conflicts and legal matters, tax audits and taxing authority issues, and civil litigation. There are many issues that may arise during the operation of your non-profit organization, and we are here to guide you through them.

At some point, your charitable organization may need to cease operations. During this critical phase, it is vital that the required procedures are fully followed. Our attorneys will advise and assist you in complying with state and federal rules regarding the closure of a non-profit operation, dispersing charitable assets, managing employment and contract issues, as well as any matters relating to existing donors. There are many essential factors to take into account when closing a not-for-profit organization. We are skilled in dealing with all of them. Let us make this transition an easy and comfortable one for you and your non-profit.