Formation and Incorporation

Forming a new church, ministry, or nonprofit corporation is an exciting time! Nicholson Law Firm will help you launch your mission by assisting you in the creation of necessary legal documents. Many issues require careful attention, including liability protection, purpose statements, and compliance with government mandates to properly form your entity. We will guide you through the entire process from selecting a name, to filing for the certificate of formation, to drafting bylaws, to applying for an Employee Identification Number, and more. Our trusted and experienced legal team will guide you through the necessary requirements for forming and incorporating a nonprofit or church entity.

Nicholson Law Firm can provide legal expertise for nonprofit, 501(c)(3) recognition and tax-exemption as part of our church and nonprofit law services. Being a 501(c)(3) means that a nonprofit organization is approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, charitable organization. “Charitable” is broadly defined as being established for purposes that are religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering of national or international amateur sports, or prevention of cruelty to animals and children. Tax-exemption status is granted by the IRS if a nonprofit organization is organized for any purpose allowable under 501(c)(3) – 501(c)(27).

Nicholson Law Firm has provided church and nonprofit law services to many organizations in need of general counsel, mediation and arbitration, formation and incorporation, governance and bylaws, insurance, land use, legal audits, and tax exemption. These services have been provided to churches, religious camps, para-religious nonprofits, private independent schools, and nonprofits focused on youth, veterans, and those in need of food, clothing and shelter. Our law firm provides church, faith-based organization and nonprofit law services in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont.


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