Tell us a little about yourself and your work.
I’m a small business and nonprofit lawyer in Glen Allen, Virginia. I have worked with organizations focused on many different charitable activities, trade associations, civic organizations, neighborhood associations, youth sports organizations, and other types of exempt entities.
I enjoy my work in this field because the people seeking my assistance are passionate about a cause and committed to doing the right thing. Aside from my work with nonprofit organizations, community service is a priority area for the Perkins Law team with hundreds of hours each year devoted to volunteer service with several tremendous organizations including United States Tennis Association, Short Pump Rotary Club, Richmond Tennis Association, and United Methodist Family Services.
How does your business support with nonprofits?
I work with Virginia nonprofit organizations on transactional and compliance matters from start-up to dissolution stage. To accommodate limited budgets, I am happy to offer a variety of flat fee service packages that are cost-effective for organizations of all sizes.
Nonprofits and their leaders can benefit from having professional guidance on the many federal and state laws that govern their activities, and my objective is to help them comply with those laws and memorialize key transactions and relationships in writing so they can focus their time on more productive and enjoyable matters in pursuit of charitable mission.
When people volunteer their valuable time and talent to a nonprofit organization, the last thing they want is to incur risk of liability or public embarrassment stemming from a legal controversy or compliance mishap. Nonprofit executives, officers, and directors owe fiduciary duties to the organizations they serve, and having the help of experienced nonprofit legal counsel can make their community service a more successful and enjoyable experience.
Eric Perkins has over 17 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations from startup through dissolution–corporate formations, IRS Form 1023 and 1024 preparation, bylaws, employment agreements, governance policies, and other compliance issues that are common sources of concern or confusion for nonprofit organizations and their leaders.