Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP
The Calumet Building
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Buffalo , New York, 14202
Phone: 716-853-3801
Fax: 716-853-0265

Not for Profit Corporation Law

Not-for-Profit Corporation Law Attorney

Representing Clients in New York & Nationwide

Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP offers a full range of legal services to not-for-profit corporations. Non-profits nationwide are struggling to cope with budget limitations, fundraising concerns, and other challenges. As such, most non-profits cannot afford costly and image-damaging legal problems. Our not-for-profit corporation attorneys can address your organization’s legal needs with thorough professionalism. Our goal is to effectively manage and monitor your legal affairs so that your leaders and administrators can focus on the mission of your organization.

While we can fully serve most not-for-profit corporations ourselves, we also maintain professional relationships with many attorneys who specialize in the varied complex and specific legal issues that can confront non-profits. We strive to meet all your legal needs, much like a “primary care physician,” and can also provide you with linkage to talented and qualified specialists when you need extra specialized legal support.

Articles (Certificate) of Incorporation

One complicated step in the creation of a not-for-profit corporation is the legal document that forms the basis for the organization’s structure, the Articles (Certificate) of Incorporation. Correct and well-crafted Certificates of Incorporation ensure that your organization begins on a firm legal foundation, which can be crucial for obtaining and maintaining 501(c) or other tax-exempt status.

Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP can help your organization create or adjust its Articles of Incorporation in a way that both suits the mission and capabilities of your non-profit and sets your operations on solid legal footing.

Bylaws, Policies and Procedures

Our non-profit experience can assist you in developing, maintaining and updating your Bylaws, policies and procedures. Policies regarding conflicts of interests, confidentiality, HIPAA, FERPA whistleblowers, document retention, etc., are not only important legally, but also operationally. Our non-profit clients appreciate not only our knowledge in these areas, but also our practical and creative approach to meeting their needs.


Relationships with other not-for-profit corporations, government agencies and vendors are crucial to the operations of a successful non-profit. To facilitate this, Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP offers assistance and representation with contract law, from creation to enforcement. We will help your non-profit corporation build lasting, beneficial relationships with other organizations while working to minimize your liability and financial exposure.

Regulatory Compliance

Non-profit corporations, especially those who accept federal or state funding, often operate in a complex and restrictive regulatory environment. Lack of regulatory compliance can have disastrous consequences for a non-profit, including public relations nightmares, loss of funding, and loss of tax-exempt status. Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP can assist you to stay in compliance, educate your employees and managers about the regulations affecting your organization, and help you develop creative and cost-effective solutions for compliance issues.

If your non-profit organization is in need of legal services of any kind, please contact Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP to discuss how we can meet your needs.