Not-for-Profit Law

It can be a challenge for nonprofits to navigate New York State’s complex regulatory scheme. We are proud to help various nonprofit organizations all over the Southern Tier overcome those legal obstacles. From small start-up organizations to hospitals, clinics, chambers of commerce, volunteer fire & EMS companies, we can help you achieve exempt status, establish a structure of internal governance, develop ethical standards for operation, understand charitable donations and giving, contract with public and private entities, and close various business transactions.

Many of our attorneys have not only the legal knowledge of the nonprofit sector, but also hands-on, practical experience from holding directorships and other leadership positions in a variety of not-for-profit/exempt organizations. As a firm composed of multiple practice groups, we have the ability to provide expertise to address a wide range of nonprofit issues that arise in tax, corporate law, intellectual property, litigation, health care, labor & employment law, and real estate. Some of our areas of expertise in Not-for-Profit law include:

  • Formation
  • Tax-Exempt Applications
  • Fundraising; New York State Gaming Law
  • Liability Management
  • By-Laws Drafting and Review
  • Organizational Structure Review
  • Conflicts of Interest Policies
  • Fiduciary Obligations
  • Employee Classification Issues
  • Fire & EMS/Ambulance Law

Contact Coughlin & Gerhart

To arrange a confidential consultation in which you can discuss your legal needs with one of our lawyers, contact our firm via email, or call our Binghamton headquarters at 607-821-2202, toll free 800-646-3420.