I want to start a non profit organization and make it a charitable one by becoming a 501(c)(3). I am not sure what kind of lawyer to contact or what questions to ask. I have seen the Form 1023, and it frightens me. First because it is so big, but mostly because I really don't have any firm answers to put in the form. I have not raised money as of yet and the "user fees" are based on what you have earned as a non profit. What do I do about the user fees, finding out all the forms and things I need to do, and possibly an attorney willing to donate his time until the non profit has raised money enough to pay legal fees?