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NEW Legal Trainings and FREE legal help for WA Nonprofits


Jodi Nishiokam, Program Manager
Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations

We have some great new nonprofit legal trainings coming up.  A complete list of all our trainings with descriptions are attached for you. Here are highlights of what’s coming up soon:

Bylaws Workshop
Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (Brown Bag lunch); 2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue South, Seattle, WA
Presenter: Judith Andrews, Law Offices of Judith Andrews
$25 registration fee.  Register online.

“Can We Be Sued?” - Liability Issues for Nonprofits
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 12:00 – 2:00 pm (Brown Bag Lunch); •   2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue South, Seattle, WA
Presenter: Peter Smith, Apex Law and John Policar, Sprague Israel Insurance
Registration fee $25. Register online.

We also want to remind you that WAACO provides FREE legal services to nonprofit organizations on their business transactional legal issues and we want to help your organization if you need legal help.  Here are some examples of the legal work we can help you with:

  • Contracts – We can review, draft, and help you negotiate all kinds of contracts.  Maybe you have contracts with employees, independent contractors, vendors or other service providers that you work with. We can help you draft, review or negotiate specific contracts and we can help you create templates for contracts that you use often.
  • Employment We can advise you on employee vs. independent contractor questions, volunteer issues, and other employment law questions. We can also create or review your employee handbook. In addition, as mentioned above, we can help you draft employee and independent contractors contracts.
  • Real Estate -We can help you draft, review and negotiate leases or Purchase and Sale Agreements for the building that your organization is using.   Most nonprofits have offices and all office space comes with a lease or purchase documents.  We can help you with all of that.
  • Intellectual Property – We can help you draft language to protect your intellectual property rights on your website, training materials, or other materials that you create. 
  • Social Media-   We can help with intellectual property issues that arise with the use of social media.  We can also help with employee use issues that can be addressed by drafting language for your employee handbook or employment contracts.  
  • Tax There may be tax issues that arise out of selling products or services, or fundraising using raffles that Federal tax-exempt organizations need to understand. We can help advise nonprofits on what those issues are and what the reporting and tax implications are.
  • LiabilityWe can help with assessing risk of being sued and being held liable for either financial or personal injury and help with drafting liability waivers that your organization should have clients sign. 
  • Incorporation - We also help community groups who want to start a nonprofit organization incorporate as a nonprofit corporation under Washington State law.
  • Obtain tax-exempt status. We also help nonprofit organizations obtain their Federal tax-exempt status by filing the application (Form 1023) with the IRS.
  • Governance We can help you draft or revise your articles of incorporation and bylaws.  It’s important to keep these organizational documents up to date.   We can also help your organization draft or revise conflicts of interest policies for board members and staff and other  whistle blower and corporate governance policies.

If you think we can help you, please feel free to email or call me with your questions.  There’s more information on our website about our services and how to apply for services at www.waaco.org.    We do require an application and payment of a one-time application fee of $100.  All legal services are free.

Note that we do not help individuals and we do not represent nonprofit organizations on their litigation (court) matters.

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