Hire An Attorney Like A Pro


Originally appeared on the Startup Grind. Photo Credit: Unsplash http://bit.ly/1OiLATe I see it all the time: organizations run out to buy top of the line computers, walking desks, fancy Swedish staplers – you name it. But the minute I recommend they hire an attorney there’s pause – “that’s too expensive!” Maybe they should wait until there’s more of a […]

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“Should I Use the 1023-EZ Form?”: Pro’s and Con’s


Not too long ago the IRS released a new Application for Exemption (1023-EZ) to help with its backlog. Shorter, and filled out online, it allows certain organizations to get determination letters quicker. Typically those bringing in a small amount of revenue. But in the time leading up to, and shortly after, finalizing the form you’d […]

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What You Don’t Know, But Should, About Sweepstakes and Contests


Image from: http://www.gratisography.com/#people There is no denying the major impact a sweepstakes or contest can have for a startup. Especially at such an important stage. When creating buzz can mean life or death. But as simple as sweepstakes and contests seem, they can also cause unwanted trouble if not carefully thought out. There is more involved […]

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What You Can Do In ONE Minute Today…


Know that feeling when you find a twenty in your back jean pocket? Or unopened butterscotch at the bottom of your bag? Both sum up how we feel being nominated for a Best Legal Blog contest hosted by The Expert Institute. Really, it’s exciting for a number of reasons. One, who doesn’t want to be […]

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Disrupt Your Industry Within The Comfort Of Your Own Fence

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Not too long ago I wrote a post for Startup Grind to help startup organizations (be they charities, social ventures of otherwise) trail-blaze while managing the risk. Had a “duh” moment and posting here for all the readers who are shaking things up.   Disruption seems to be the name of the game these days. […]

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What You May Not Know, But Should, When Adding Technology


Image: Jeff Sheldon https://unsplash.com/photos/9dI3g8owHiI/download   Having just figured out the “emoji,” I get how difficult it is to keep up with technology. Let alone the evolving issues that come with it. As my Netsquared chat (deets here if you’re in Houston) on nonprofit technology quickly approaches (Eek!) I’m ironing out the legal points to touch on. […]

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Legal Topics in Nonprofit Technology: Upcoming Talk and Past Posts

I’ll be chatting with NetSquared Houston July 14th on legal topics, pitfalls and traps that come up with nonprofit technology! For those unfamiliar, NetSquared is a national affiliation focused on blending startup technology, entrepreneurialism and acumen with charitable and social-benefit organizations. In other words, what we’d call a win-win situation. I’m working on a separate post […]

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