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Tim Kelly, J.D.

Tim Kelly, J.D.

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Tim Kelly is a graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. A writer by trade, he worked in retail copywriting before serving as an entertainment journalist both online and in print. As a journalist, he was quoted by the New York Times,, and; and saw his written work published in the World Film Locations series of books.

In 2017, Tim shifted his focus toward the legal industry, studying intellectual property and small business law. He currently lives in the Twin Cities and greatly enjoys being a husband, dad, and avid record collector.

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  • Do I Need a Lawyer to Form a Nonprofit?

    Entrepreneurs are natural self-starters with a belief they can do it all themselves, including all of the incorporation work necessary to start a small business. (And with some of the resources available on the internet, sometimes they might be right.) But incorporation can be a tricky thing to get right. And if you're starting a nonprofit to do good, make sure you do it well. That may mean hiring an attorney to help you with starting a nonprofit.

  • What Is an LLC Operating Agreement?

    FindLaw explains limited liability company (LLC) operating agreements and how they differ based on a business's needs.

  • Business Trust Definition

    FindLaw discusses the uses of business trusts and how they provide a flexible organizational method for mutual funds.

  • What Is an EIN?

    FindLaw explains Employer Identification Numbers (EINs), which are like Social Security Numbers (SSNs) for your business.

  • Does an LLC Need an EIN?

    EINs are like social security numbers for your business, and it's never a bad idea for an LLC to have one.

  • C Corp vs. S Corp

    FindLaw explains how C corporations and S corporations are tax designations you can choose for your business entity.

  • How to Open a Liquor Store

    So long as you proceed cautiously and resolve to stay informed, liquor sales can prove lucrative as a new business.

  • Pennoyer v. Neff and Personal Jurisdiction: Case Summary

    Pennoyer is a case studied by many first-year law school students for two simple reasons. First, the case sets the foundation for shaping personal jurisdiction, sometimes called in-personam jurisdiction. Second, Pennoyer's long, convoluted journey to the Court is filled with no shortage of interesting twists and characters, making it a go-to case study for law professors and legal scholars alike.

  • What Are the Different Types of LLC?

    FindLaw breaks down the different types of limited liability companies (LLCs) and how they can benefit their owners.

  • What Is a Sole Proprietor?

    FindLaw explains sole proprietorships as well as the benefits and risks of using it as a business structure.

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