Serving small business, nonprofits, cooperatives & social enterprise based in Michigan.

Commonplace Law provides practical and inspiring legal tools and education to help realize your positive vision for your organization.   We are a little bit like Legal Zoom... except more affordable, more practical, more personal, and more local.   And the good news is, the first meeting is free and all prices are suggested -- so you can decide for yourself whether you have received value for the services received.


So you want to start an organization. Congratulations!  Together we'll identify the legal and tax structure best suited for your vision of where you want to go and troubleshoot legal issues that might arise specific to your organization.  Areas of service include:

  • Legal structure and formation
  • 501(c)(3) applications and formation
  • Bylaws & operating agreements 
  • Tax status
  • Subsidiaries
  • Social enterprise: hybrid for-profit and non-profit structures, L3Cs & B-Corps Certification


The ins and outs of running and improving a small organization can be exciting... and overwhelming.    Together we'll identify opportunities, mitigate and address risks, and prioritize your legal needs and identify when you need a "1.0" version or a "3.0" version.   Areas of service include:

  • Governance 
  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit compliance
  •  Partnerships & collaborations
  • Contract review & drafting
  • Real estate & zoning
  • Employees & volunteers
  • Risk management: waivers, releases
  • Tax-exempt organization compliance
  • Financing and fundraising
  • Crowdfunding & community-based funding


Whether you are are saying farewell to your organization or acquiring someone else's,  together we'll evaluate tax and legal consequences of your decision and how to help you and your organization move onward. Areas of service include:

  • Dissolution
  • Mergers
  • Sales of organization or assets
  • Managing charitable asset transfers