Paul S. Nash has practiced law in Orange County since 1977, after graduating from Arizona State University Law School in the top ten percent of his class. Mr. Nash worked for the law firm of Yates & Nissen, in Santa Ana, California, from 1977-1982, specializing in business, estate planning and nonprofit corporate matters, and has had his own firm since 1982.
Mr. Nash specializes in representing closely held businesses, non-profit organizations; and estate planning, and bankruptcy matters. More specifically, Mr. Nash’s practice is focused in the fields of:
Representing Closely Held Businesses: including business formation (corporations, partnerships and LLC’s); financing, including private placement offerings, asset-based or venture lending or investment; mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of businesses; technology licensing; distribution channel consulting and documentation; real estate development; LLC syndications and private placement securities offering compliance documents; and operational issues such as contract analysis, contract drafting and negotiation, and employee relations.
Estate Planning: including trusts, wills, special needs trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives, family wealth transfer planning involving estate tax avoidance, asset-protection planning and family business succession planning and transfers; sophisticated charitable giving (including family foundations); conservatorships for those who cannot handle their own affairs; and elder law and MediCal counseling.
Nonprofit Organizations and Private Foundations: preparation of organizational documents; obtaining federal and state tax exemption letters; consulting with boards and key personnel regarding operating issues including function and operation of boards (governance models, financial and other policies); strategic planning (mission, vision, core values, objectives, other policy statements); consulting about financial operations, fundraising and related legal issues; “social entrepreneurship” and unrelated business tax matters; specialized problems that may arise with foreign grant making and IRS-required oversight, control and documentation; and integration of Biblical or other ethical principles into operating procedures and policies. Mr. Nash is general counsel to, and serves on the boards of, a number of nonprofit organizations, and has a broad range of experience with and exposure to the many issues that are distinctive to church, parachurch and other nonprofit corporations. He often conducts legal audits of nonprofit organizations to assist them with operational issues, board governance, employee law and relations, and proper documentation of and creation of effective policy statements that are critical to the proper operation and success of nonprofit organizations.
Bankruptcy: Mr. Nash represents creditors in bankruptcy proceedings where necessary to protect, preserve (if possible) and collect the debts owed them; represents individuals in Chapter 7 liquidation or Chapter 13 wage-earner bankruptcies (often involving business owners who are personally liable for substantial trade and other closely-held business debts, including 941 payroll taxes, equipment and auto leases, premises leases, and so on); and represents closely-held businesses in Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings, including the assumption or rejection of leases and executory contracts, sale or acquisition of assets in a Chapter 11 proceeding; and handling the complex procedural requirements that dominate the Chapter 11 process.
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