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What area(s) of law cover a dispute with a nonprofit organization regarding membership, dues, and bylaws?

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I asked a more specific question and somebody said the question is too specific for this forum. Based on that and some research, I do not know if the lawyer I should seek for consultation should be contract related, or based on how the NPO is organized or what. The NPO did not follow it's own bylaws, and I'm not sure what area of law addresses that.

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Does the NPO have a grievance or problem resolution process? Most do. Check the bylaws. Depending in what kind of non-profit, It's also possible that there is no legal remedy outside the organizations own policing that can be taken.

The reason the previous attorney likely refused to get specific is that it is unethical and possibly a serious code of conduct violation for an attorney to give legal advice without knowing all the facts, which cannot be reduced to an email forum. In addition answering a question too specifically may give rise to the existence of an attorney-client relationship. There are some heavy responsibilities for attorneys that go along with such a relationship.

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If this is not yet in litigation, you're looking for a lawyer who handles corporate law. If it is in litigation you are looking for a lawyer who handles commercial litigation and it would be helpful for that lawyer to have some track record in corporate matters.