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Running a nonprofit is serious business that warrants knowledgeable legal consultation from time to time. Whether it is a personnel matter or a question on conflict of interest, the CCSNYS provides our member agencies with independent, expert, and low-cost assistance from attorneys who practice exclusively in nonprofit law.

Quick answers to some of the day-to-day questions that arise in your nonprofit are included in your membership at the CCSNYS. Should a more thorough answer or analysis be necessary you will be billed separately at a very affordable hourly rate. Please note that a Retainer outlining the services to be provided and their associated cost will usually precede all billing unless otherwise agreed upon.

Assistance is available in:

  • The creation or modification of personnel polices, bylaws and other important corporate documents, such as contracts and leases;
  • Assistance in the completion of various Tax Exemption Applications
  • Incorporation and Amendments
  • Advocacy and lobbying regulations
  • Confidentiality and conflict of interest issues
  • Establishing subsidiaries and other related entities
  • Assistance with mergers, consolidations and corporate dissolutions

New groups looking to incorporate as a nonprofit in New York State and to apply for their tax-exempt status (501c(3)) often utilize our services to lead them through these often complex processes, while tenured nonprofits often seek confirmation of their procedures.

Please note that that our legal services do not include litigation or client representation. For Representation CCSNYS´ Endorsed Corporate Partner Law Firm, Watson & West is available to assist you.

To inquire about services available through our Legal Accountability & Compliance Services Division, please contact Dave Watson, Esq. at 1-800-515-5012, ext. 109.

Our Staff:
David J. Watson, Esq. Sr. Vice Presdient, Legal Accountability & Compliance Services Division
Michael West, Esq. Legal Services Coordinator
Stephanie Watkins, Paralegal
Jennifer Lockwood, Legal Assistant
Elizabeth Mathews, Legal Assistant

List of Future Events:

  • Busting the Myths on Profits & Taxes [ 8/21/2007 ]
  • IRS Form 1023: Preparing the Application [ 8/9/2007 ]
  • List of Future Conferences:

  • Being a Successful Executive Director
  • List of Related Links:

  • 2006 Grant Thornton LLP National Board Governance Survey
  • IRS Charities Information
  • Nonprofit Salary Surveys
  • Poster Page: Workplace Poster Requirements for Small Businesses and Other Employers
  • Right From the Start Board Guidebook
  • Stay Exempt - Free Workshop from IRS
  • List of Tools & Publications:

  • Executive Director Evaluation Templates (submitted by Members)
  • Executive Director Job Description Templates (submitted by Members)
  • Executive Director Job Description Template (submitted by CCSNYS)
  • Executive Director Evaluation Template (submitted by CCSNYS)
  • Fundamental Steps Toward Incorporating a Nonprofit
  • List of News:


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