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Philadelphia, PA 19144

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We help nonprofit organizations make the most of their legal dollars.  Like the nonprofit organizations we serve, our law firm is on a mission:  to bring legal counsel within reach for the nonprofit sector. 

We represent nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes, through all stages of their development.  As outside general counsel,  we offer accessibility and sophisticated legal counsel on tax compliance and corporate matters. We also help nonprofit leaders identify other legal resources available to them and help them manage their legal matters, so that they can stay mission-focused, make more informed decisions, and build capacity for the future.

Attorney Bios

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Morgen Cheshire has dedicated her legal career to serving nonprofit organizations.  She was formerly a Partner at Schnader Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP, a national law firm headquartered in Philadelphia, where she co-chaired the Nonprofit Practice Group. She founded Cheshire Law Group in July 2011.
Catherine Williams

Kate joined Cheshire Law Group to pursue her interest in and commitment to nonprofit organizations. Her interest lies in behavioral health and social welfare organizations.  Kate was formerly an attorney in the trial department at Duane Morris LLP, an international law firm headquartered in Philadelphia, where she represented clients in state and federal courts across the country and was active in the firm’s pro bono program. To better inform her work in serving nonprofit clients, Kate is pursuing a Master of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania.  She also serves on the Board of the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation.

Philosophy

If we had to advise a nonprofit organization about hiring a lawyer, we would tell them:  "Look for these three attributes: expertise, commitment, and continuity.  Look for someone who is affordable but who will not compromise quality." 

Services

Throughout the life cycle of organizations, we are on call for nonprofit leaders as their organizations evolve and address conflict.  From formation through dissolution, we provide on-going legal support for nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes. We help organizations with the following matters. . .

Press

Riding solo to the rescue of her beloved nonprofits

Chris Mondics, Philadelphia Inquirer, April 17, 2012. Morgen Cheshire attained a long-sought goal in 2010 when she was named a partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, one of the city's best known firms.  But she decided to become a solo practitioner helping nonprofits.

The unique struggles of non-profit law practice

Bruce D. Collins, InsideCounsel, March 1, 2012.Although similar to their for-profit counterparts, non-profit lawyers encounter interesting challenges.

Watering Hole

Welcome to the Watering Hole - a resource library for your nonprofit organization designed by nonprofit lawyers to help you navigate legal issues and save time and money when working with legal counsel.

Whether you are a nonprofit executive, officer, board member, or a professional advising a nonprofit organization, we hope that you will find the watering hole a useful starting point for your nonprofit legal questions.  We welcome your insight, and hope you will share your knowledge so that the sector can benefit from your experiences.

If there is a topic you would like to see covered or if you would like to submit an article to assist the nonprofit sector, please contact us.

REMINDER: IRS Form 990 Deadline is November 15 (and some traps for the unwary)

Annual IRS Filing Requirements for Exempt Organizations *** Almost all tax-exempt organizations must file annual returns (IRS Form 990, Form 990-EZ, Form 990-N, or 990-PF, as applicable) with the IRS. An organization’s return is due on the 15th day of the 5th month after the end of the organization's…

Colleges and Universities Take Note: IRS Compliance Check Leads to Congressional Scrutiny

Colleges and universities take heed. In late April, the IRS issued its Final Report of the Colleges and Universities Compliance Project (the version linked here includes the May 2 revisions), and Congress members are taking note. Whether you are a college or university (or another organization in the tax-exempt…

Under Scrutiny: The IRS Is Taking a Closer Look at 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), and 501(c)(6) Organizations

If you are a nonprofit organization that recently received this nine-page questionnaire from the IRS (IRS Form 14449), there’s no need to panic, but it may be a good time to reconnect with nonprofit legal counsel. The questionnaire is not an audit and receiving it does not mean that…

Nobody is Perfect - How to Handle an IRS Revocation Notice

First of all - do not panic. Second of all - you are not alone, so don’t feel so bad. At first count, there were over 275,000 organizations in a similar situation (and the IRS determined on a recount that there are actually thousands more). If you have received…

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