|Re: Calif attorney recommendation?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Carol Agate (carolagatemac.com)|
|Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 09:35:22 -0700 (PDT)|
I am all in favor of Nolo Press, and that's the first place I turned for help. However, in California cohousing communities (which are normally condominium developments in CA) are mutual benefit corporations. The Nolo Press book on how to incorporate non-profits expressly states it is not to be used for mutual benefit corporations. I have been unable to find any self-help guides for mutual benefits through Amazon or google. The best source has been the state's own web site. I also found a place that provides free advice to non-profits. If anyone wants more information, write to me directly. Carol On Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at 09:29AM, "Sharon Villines" <sharon [at] sharonvillines.com> wrote: > > >> >> Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced attorney to guide us through >> incorporation and bylaws for our co-housing community in >> California? We >> are a spiritually based group with 20-25 families. > >http://www.nolo.com/ > >Nolo.com has both wonderful publications to help you understand what >these processes require and a lawyer directory. > >Nolo Press, for those who are unaware of them, was the leader in >demystifying legal services by publishing books that either allowed >you to do it yourself or helped you understand the legal gobbledy-gook. > >In the 1970s, for the very young, people were not allowed to see their >medical records AT ALL, nor even fill out a form without a lawyer. And >the legal documents were completely indecipherable. > >If you understand what your options are and make a stab at agreeing to >what you want, you won' t present yourself as a ready victim. > >I don't know anything about the Lawyer Directory at Nolo (they are >paid listings) but given the reputation that Nolo has for >publications, I would assume that no high-priced lawyer would want to >be listed there. > >Two stories: > >1. One group paid $15,000 and got an almost 3" thick pile of papers >that were simply a computer print out of every provision that had ever >been included in any community bylaws or property offerings. The group >was supposed to pick and choose and the lawyer would handle it from >there. > >2. Another group working with a developer received at no cost a thin >packet (25 pages?) of suggested provisions and helped the group choose >between them. The group still had to process the Bylaws they wanted, >but these only took their own time -- they weren't paying $400 an hour. > >Real estate purchases are obviously serious and are different from one >state and locality to another and you definitely need a lawyer, but >being an informed consumer will help you choose a lawyer as well as >save time spent asking for explanations. > >Sharon >---- >Sharon Villines in Washington DC >Where all roads lead to Casablanca > > > >_________________________________________________________________ >Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: >http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > > > >
- Calif attorney recommendation? Fred H Olson, May 21 2008
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