The following is an archive of answers to basic (and sometimes not so basic) questions on nonprofit law and is intended for informational purposes only.  Nothing here is a substitute for legal advice.  If you would like to discuss your particular situation, use the link below to schedule a free 30-minute call. 

I want to file the papers to dissolve my California nonprofit organization.  Can I file the form in person?

There are only two locations where you can file documents with the California Secretary of State:  .... [CONTINUED]

A nonprofit organization has existed for three years, but has not registered with the Attorney General's Office and is not keeping records. Are there any potential consequences?

There are a lot of issues here. If this were to come into my office, we would probably spend a lot of time just talking about the facts and history before giving any advice. And the advice would depend on whether I am speaking to an officer, board member, donor, member of the public, etc. ... [CONTINUED]

Can my nonprofit sell items to help fund the organization?

A short question that will probably never get you a short answer from a nonprofit lawyer. The IRS calls this "unrelated business income," and the rules about UBI can be pretty complex. Nonprofit lawyers and tax-exempt CPAs spend a lot of time ... [CONTINUED]