Huntsville Nonprofit Business Lawyer
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Providing Legal and Financial Counsel for Churches, Missions, And Other Nonprofits
Most churches and other nonprofit organizations have a clear mission and vision for helping others. In many cases, however, this vision and commitment does not translate into business savvy. Obtaining nonprofit tax status and dealing with ongoing compliance issues can be a tremendous burden for many nonprofit organizations, and simple errors in this regard can be catastrophic for long-term survival.
At the McCartha Law Firm, LLC, we can help. We represent churches, missionaries, and other nonprofit organizations throughout North Alabama, the United States, and the World at large in a range of tax, compliance, nonprofit, and other legal and financial matters. Our firm consists of Huntsville nonprofit business attorney Jason McCartha and Jennifer McCartha, CPA as the primary legal assistant and a certified public accountant (CPA) who provides invaluable research and facilitation assistance to attorney (and her husband) Jason McCartha. Together, we are able to see our clients’ matters from several angles to provide them with exceptionally diverse and comprehensive legal solutions.
We have helped clients start their non-profit corporation from local schools, bed & breakfast historical preservations, to worldwide ministries/missions throughout the United States, Asia, Africa, Central America, and the Middle East. As a family team, together we provide the same high-quality legal services as some of the largest firms, with the benefit of a personalized, family law firm approach.
We are both involved in missions and other organizations, so we understand the goals and needs of churches and other nonprofit organizations on a personal level.
Services We Offer
We at McCartha Law intend to EQUIP Non-Profit Founders and Board members with the necessary tools (legal documents, registrations, and counsel), and TEACH them personally; thereby, EMPOWERING them with knowledge as to what they have, how it works, and how they can keep it strong and true while understanding the limitations of a Non-Profit Corporation. Let us Protect, Equip, Empower, and Teach your Founders and Board Members in person with our Non-Profit Formation and Consultation Program.
Call Jennifer McCartha, CPA (functioning as the legal assistant to her husband attorney, Jason P. McCartha) at (256)270-4233 and she will speak to you at length about what we can do for you.
Our Non-Profit Corporation Formation and Consultation Program includes the following (and usually more):
- We Present 1-2 hours of an in person white board presentation and question and answer (Q & A) session with the attorney Jason P. McCartha and his legal assistant Jennifer J. McCartha, CPA as you execute (i.e. put into effect by signing, sealing, and delivering to the court) your Non-Profit formation documents;
- We Prepare a Certificate of Formation for your Non-Profit (formerly called Articles of Organization);
- We Prepare By-laws for your Non-Profit;
- We Prepare an Accountable Reimbursement Plan — generally required by the IRS for reimbursement of expenses paid for the Non-Profit (We teach you how to deduct the expense of actually forming the Non-Profit Corporation among other things and provide the forms for later reimbursements);
- We Assist you in Obtaining your EIN number and correspond it to your Non-Profit Corporation);
- We Obtain a Name reservation/registration for your Non-Profit Corporation in the State of Alabama;
- We Provide your Initial Board Member Minutes to serve as a guide for future required minutes (these Minutes also include a Conflict of Interest Policy and an Anti-Terrorism Policy to assist in the Obtaining of your IRS Non-Profit exemption letter discussed later);
- We Provide Annual and Special Waivers for future use (and explain what waivers are and why you need them and how to use them);
- We Counsel and Outline the pros and cons of who can act as your entity’s registered agent and why and how — often we can serve as your registered agent;
- We Provide counsel regarding what you now need to do when entering into contracts for your Non-Profit and what clauses in contracts can nullify your Non-Profit protection for that contract;
- We Counsel and Discuss insurance issues regarding your Non-Profit and several issues we have uncovered in our former litigation practice that could be of eminent importance to you and your Non-Profit;
- We Provide an attorney consultation letter regarding a significant portion of the attorney teaching that Mr. McCartha will be presenting to you the day of your Non-Profit execution that includes necessary items to be included in your future Annual Meetings;
- We Present all of these documents in a handsome legal notebook;
- McCartha Law will send you several emails after our meeting, consultation, and execution of your Non-Profit formation explaining the issues concerning Non-Profit Ongoing IRS requirements, W2 verses 1099 employees and other issues that are critically important to your Non-Profit regarding your relationship with the State of Alabama, IRS and others; and perhaps most important to our Non-Profit Clients —
- We also provide assistance in Preparing Form 1023 – the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Application for Exemption for Non-Profits (and have a streamlined process that takes much of the burden off your shoulders through a system that gives your Non-Profit the flexibility that it needs for future growth and expansion.
We have a 100 percent success rate obtaining tax-exempt status for our Nonprofit (501(c) (3)) clients.
Call us — We can help your Nonprofit Corporation start right.
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