At WRO Law and Strategy, we translate your big ideas into measurable impacts. Whatever the goal of your charity or non-profit organization, our firm can help you turn it into reality. Our team can handle formation, compliance and tax law so you can focus on the aspects of your organization that matter most. Whether your organization is up and running or just starting, our firm can be an instrument for your ambitions.
At WRO, we will start your non-profit goal properly and completely so you can hit the ground running. Once finished, you should have all the information and documentation needed to operate your organization.
To get you formally started, we file formation documents, obtain EIN numbers, prepare your organization’s first operating agreement, and familiarize you with your tax opportunities and obligations.
We will also protect your business’ brand and trade secrets. See Intellectual Property for more information.
Compliance & Tax (501(c)(3) Status)
In order to start a non-profit, you will need to ensure that you are complying with the all the federal, state, and local laws that pertain to the operation of non-profit organizations and the service or mission your organization is engaged with.
As part of our non-profit packages, we provide clients with a complete overview of all the federal and state requirement surrounding non-profit or 501(c)(3) status, ensuring that you are compliant and can continue exploit the tax benefits and opportunities afforded to non-profit organizations. Additionally, we provide you with a comprehensive list of the necessary licenses and permits you will need to operate, as well as the associated fees and renewal dates.
On request we can also assist clients in completing necessary tasks, like registering with the relevant tax authorities, or completing any necessary filings or disclosures.
Once you’ve created an unforgettable brand, we will help you protect it with trademark protection. Your trademark will identify your goods and services, distinguish your goods and services from those of others, and provide you with the right to prevent others from adopting similar marks likely to cause confusion in the marketplace.
At WRO, before registering your trademark, we conduct a thorough trademark search so you will be fully aware of any other uses of the trademark that would likely cause confusion. We also provide an analysis on the strength of your mark to ensure it meets the USPTO’s distinctiveness standard. After we’ve fully evaluated your trademark, we present you with our opinion and outline your options. Once we reach solutions that work for you, we file with the USPTO and respond to any communications from the office to ensure your application is properly handled throughout.
Copyright protection is used to protect “original works of authorship.” The Copyright Act specifies that works of authorship include, literary works (I.e., books & computer code), musical works and sound recordings (I.e., songs), dramatic works (I.e., plays), motion pictures, paintings, illustrations, drawing and architectural works.
Copyright protection is given to a broad range of works; we evaluate all of our client’s intellectual property and provide suggestions on works that would be strong candidates for copyright protection.
Trade secrets and confidential information
The protection of confidential corporate information is essential to your company’s capacity to develop products, provide services, and gain economic advantages. Trade secrets and confidential information both are types of information that are kept secret and are valuable in part because they are not known by others. The key distinction between trade secrets and other sorts of confidential information is that trade secrets enjoy greater legal protections. Trade secrets go beyond patents, they can be used to protect any information or data, including processes, secret formulas, customer lists and company plans and strategies.
Unlike Trademarks and Copyrights, trade secrets are not protected by the USPTO or Copyright Office, instead they are protected by the manner that they information is stored. At WRO we go over the information that our clients would like to keep confidential and review the processes they are using to maintain its confidentiality to determine the degree to which it will be protected by trade secret laws—we also offer counsel on how clients can improve the protectability of their information.
Fundraising for a non-profit is both exciting and challenging; there are many ways to raise money for your cause while being able to claim the various deductions and exemptions available to 501(c)(3) organizations. An experienced business attorney is indispensable when navigating the many options available to you, and crucial in ensuring your organization takes advantage of every opportunity available.
Contracts and Agreements
When reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contracts and agreements for your business, an experienced attorney is your best friend. At WRO Law and Strategy we can assist with a wide range of contracts and agreements, including:
Real Estate transactions & Commercial leases
Joint venture agreements
Mergers and acquisitions
Cloud computing agreements
Whatever your needs, our team is ready to assist you in forming arrangements that protect you, your business, and facilitate your long-term goals.
Disputes, whether they be from clients, partners or competitors can be frightening and leave you feeling uncertain about the future of your business. When other parties don’t hold to their obligations, or when you’re facing legal action, it is important to have competent and creative attorneys working with you to protect your interests, your finances, and your vision from undue encroachment or injury. Our team at WRO Law and Strategy are adept at advocating for our clients in multiple forums, whether that be through formal litigation in the courtroom, or through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. We can help you through negotiation, mediation and arbitration, as well as draft important dispute resolution documents including:
Cease and desist letters