How To Form a Florida Nonprofit Corporation: A Guide for Lawyers
There are over a hundred thousand nonprofit corporations in Florida and many of them were formed without adopting bylaws or following the basics of nonprofit corporation law. Florida nonprofit corporations lawyer James W. Martin wrote this 227 page book “How To Form a Florida Nonprofit Corporation: A Guide for Lawyers” to provide a step-by-step process with legal forms and checklists for forming and maintaining Florida nonprofit corporations.
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James W. Martin is a Florida Bar Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer who has practiced Florida real estate, wills, trusts, probate, corporations, nonprofits, and business law, has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law, and has previously written four books on Florida business entities and nonprofit organizations.
For almost twenty years, Jim Martin authored the nonprofit corporations volume of the national legal forms publication West’s Legal Forms, which included legal forms for forming nonprofit corporations in every state.
He has seen many nonprofit corporations improperly formed and maintained. Some failed to file for tax-exempt status after incorporation; some failed to hold annual meetings and file annual reports; some failed to prepare meeting minutes and maintain records; and some failed to follow statutory procedures. Failure to comply with the basics of nonprofit corporation law can result in real estate title problems, litigation, taxes, penalties, and potential personal liability.
This book provides a step-by-step process with legal forms and checklists for forming and maintaining a Florida nonprofit corporation to avoid these problems. It is primarily directed to lawyers because Florida nonprofit corporations are legal entities created under the Florida Not For Profit Corporation Act, so having a law degree really should be a prerequisite to forming and maintaining a nonprofit corporation.
However, the author realizes that we live in an age where nonlawyers freely access these materials on the Internet, so he has written this book in plain language that does not require a law degree to understand. But his message for nonlawyers reading this book is to be sure to engage a Florida-licensed lawyer on their behalf to review any document before it is signed or filed.
St. Petersburg nonprofit corporation attorney James W. Martin has also written the free legal forms book How To Form a Florida Business Corporation: A Guide for Lawyers as well as free ebooks regarding Florida real estate sales contracts and lease agreements and forming Florida LLC limited liability companies.
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