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The road to dereliction is paved with good intentions
on January 24, 2004
I genuinely applaud Nolo for the concept of bringing the law to people in a user friendly package. In execution, these books give me cold sweats. After reading this book I'd tell my friends that if they are solely relying on this book to form a non-profit of any sophistication, longevity, and expected reliance by contributors they are crazy and irresponsible.
To quote one expert, "The corporate landscape is littered with derelict suspended non-profit corporations...", and in my opinion this book will add many such carcasses to the NOP landfill, and lots of well meaning people may suffer.
This book missed dozens of important issues a founder or advisor needs to carefully consider and research before forming this legal entity. When the author doesn't want to deal with one of the complex and potentional hazardous issue areas you're told to research the issue at your local law library - sure. My review is simply this;
This book is the poster child for why "self-help" books should not be giving legal advice. If you use this book as general interest and background, it's OK, though not particularly well written. If your purpose is do-it-yourself incorporation, you're making a mistake.
Put this on the shelf next to Nolo's "How to do your own root canal".