Corporate law addresses the formation and operation of corporations. Federal and State laws regulate the way corporations are created, organized and dissolved. A corporation is formed as an "artificial person" who can enter into contracts, sue or be sued, and perform the other duties required to successfully operate a business. The major benefit of forming a corporate entity is that individual owners or shareholders of the corporation are shielded from personal liability. Functioning as a legal "person," corporations have successfully claimed human and and constitutional rights.

Petesch Law assists corporate clients in all aspects of their operations and daily transactions. We also support newly forming companies. Acting as corporate counsel, the Firm offers the advantages of responsive service and results, without the inherent costs of in-house counsel. We ensure that accurate corporate books and records are kept, call regular board meetings, and advise directors on their rights and responsibilities. 

   Who Needs Guidance
· Start-Ups
· Entrepreneurs
· Small Businesses
· Board of Directors   
· Officers  
· Shareholders
· Non-Profits  
  What Are the Issues
· Entity Selection
· Formation
· Governance
· Operation & Policy
· Securities & Options     
· Fiduciary Obligations
· Talent Retention  
· Dissolution
  When to Seek Counsel
· Honing a Vision
· Organizing a Venture
· Conducting Internal Review
· Implementing Best Practices
· Experiencing Growth
· Dispute Resolution
· Crisis Management

Tax Exempt Organizations

The IRS allows organizations to file for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) if they fit within one of five identified categories. The organization must:

  • have a "Charitable Purpose"
  • qualify as a "Religious Group"
  • be considered a "Scientific Organization"
  • serve a "Literary Purpose"
  • qualify as an "Educational Organization"
The IRS defines these categories broadly, but does not rubber-stamp all applications.  For example, scientific organizations must perform research in the public interest, and educational organizations cannot espouse a particular political viewpoint.


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