Nonprofits often find themselves bumping into areas where it would be prudent to have some legal advice on business or organizational matters before proceeding. The problem is paying for such guidance, no?
Here's something worth checking out: Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations (WAACO
). Based out of Seattle, WAACO aims to "promote community development and organizational capacity-building in Washington State by assisting charitable and community-based nonprofit corporations to obtain free legal assistance on business-related matters." Nice.
According to WAACO's web page, business legal matters include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
* Organizational formation and governance (e.g., incorporation, fiduciary duties, liability insurance).
* Taxation (e.g., general advice regarding state and local taxes, application/maintenance of exempt status).
* Business contracts, structure and transactions (e.g., partnerships, joint ventures, reorganizations, mergers).
* Employment (e.g., contracts, human resources, personnel policies).
* Real estate (e.g., leases, property taxes).
* Intellectual property (e.g., trademarks, copyrights, technology licenses).