Nonprofit Law Fees

All of the following fees are starting prices, which means I may need to charge you more based on your specific situation depending on its complexity and other issues. I charge flat rate fees, which means you know how much you will pay for legal services before I begin any work. Filing fees are additional and are either noted below or I will discuss them with you before beginning any work on your legal matter. My consultations start at 30 minutes for $150 (longer paid consultations are available). I can sometimes provide a discount or payment plan depending on the

Nonprofit Property Purchase

Depending on your mission, you may have a nonprofit that needs property to run its programs. For example, if you are a horse nonprofit, you invariably run into the issue of where to hold your programs. Having horses means there is a need for land to house those horses as well as having a safe, secure place where you can run programs with them. I have seen several scenarios where equine nonprofits have leased property and then run into difficulty when the lease ends. I have read Facebook posts from horse nonprofit leaders desperately seeking land for horses that need Read More

An Office Action

Many people are under the mistaken impression that once they file their trademark registration for their equine business, it is automatically approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). That is not the case. The USPTO can deny the trademark for many different reasons. Some are simple and easy to fix, and some are substantive. What is an office action, and what should you do when you get one? What is an Office Action? The USPTO considers many factors when determining whether a trademark should be approved for registration. The foundation of those factors is that the trademark Read More

The Trademark Process

Recently, I have had a lot of people ask me about the trademark registration process.  It can be confusing so this blog will explain the process. The first thing to know is what can be trademarked. Typical things businesses trademark are the name, logo, or a slogan. But you can trademark other things that identify your business, including a specific color you use on all your packaging. For example, Tiffany has trademarked its signature blue color. A trademark protects your brand so when you are considering trademarking something, you should think about what represents your brand. You can trademark more Read More