There are three primary documents that govern the operations of a nonprofit organization:
(1) articles of incorporation,
(2) bylaws, and
(3) conflict of interest policy.
This legal guide introduces each of these documents and identifies key elements that you should consider as you are preparing governing documents for your organization.
Farmers can obtain rights to farmland in a variety of ways, for example, by entering into a lease with the owner of the farmland, sharing ownership of the land with others, or acquiring full ownership (“fee simple” title) of the farmland. Part I of this Guide focuses on:
(i) the different types of land ownership,
ii) the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing the farmland directly through fee simple ownership, and
(iii) considerations when locating the right farmland to purchase.
Once a deal has been negotiated, a farmer works with the land owner to buy farmland for the agreed-upon purchase price. Part II of this Guide focuses on
(i) the elements of a Purchase and Sale Agreement,
ii) the investigation “due diligence” process that every farmer should undertake,
(iii) the deed and other acquisition closing documents, and
(iv) the closing.
Explore whether a non-profit structure is the right fit for your organization. Learn how to incorporate as a non-profit corporation.
This legal guide:
- discusses the pros and cons of non-profit organizations
- details how to become a nonprofit organization
- explains how to apply for federal 501(c)(3) charitable organization status
- discusses fiscal sponsorship as an alternative to 501(c)(3) status
While there are a lot of legal needs you can tackle yourself, sometimes you need help or information from an attorney. Learn how to work best with your lawyer to get the results you want. Your lawyer will likely ask a lot of questions at the first meeting. Here’s how to be ready for them, and how to prepare relevant questions of your own.