Hammarlund Law Office, Erik Hammarlund, Esq.    Erik Hammarlund, Attorney at Law                                  office (508) 696-7700
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Services for Businesses, Corporations, and Nonprofits

Martha's Vineyard presents a unique business landscape.  While there are some franchise businesses present on the Island, and some larger businesses, the majority of businesses on the Island have fewer than ten employees.

Not only does the area present business owners with the challenges of seasonal fluctuations, but the Island also adds the complexity of ferry access and interaction with the mainland.  Furthermore, each of the six Island towns has a distinct character, and differing attitudes towards business development.

Hammarlund Law Office provides businesses with a variety of services.  Those businesses who are looking for a cost-effective way to manage legal exposure should call us to discuss litigation avoidance.

Businesses and Corporations

Many new businesses choose to use an attorney to help them navigate the town requirements and to provide them advice.  We can work with you to develop an overall business approach which achieves profitability, protection, and security. 

For existing businesses, we can help you assess your exposure to risk; this is especially helpful if some time has passed since your business was first formed.  Are your documents current?  Have you properly accounted for the many contingencies of operating a business?  We can review your status and your documents, and assist you in protecting your assets. We understand your needs, and will help you achieve your goals.

We can also help you ensure that your business practices meet statutory requirements.  This is particularly crucial if you are a business providing services to consumers as defined in Massachusetts General Laws chapter 93A.  The added protections provided to consumers in this state vastly increase the economic value of avoiding litigation.

If you are a new business, let us help you get started.  Many of our clients use our services to start an LLC, C corporation, or S corporation.  We can advise you on the proper structure to meet your legal and tax goals.


Nonprofit corporations, like all other corporations and businesses, must carefully manage their affairs to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.  Martha's Vineyard is home to many large and successful nonprofits, and more are formed each year.  With the high property values on the Island, it has become especially important for nonprofits to maintain preferred status with respect to avoidance of Land Bank transfer fees.

Whether you are an existing nonprofit, or have not yet formed a nonprofit corporation, we can work with you to help you meet your goals.

A partial listing of the services we offer to businesses, corporations, and nonprofits includes:

  • Selection of Business Entity
  • Formation and Dissolution of S, C, and Nonprofit Corporations
  • Formation and Dissolution of Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies
  • Contract Drafting
  • Contract Review
  • Statutory Compliance
  • Operating Agreements
  • Record Maintenance and Filing of Annual Reports
  • Sales, Leases, and Real Estate Issues
  • Vendor Disputes and General Contractual Issues
  • Licensing Issues
  • Representation before Town and State Boards

We also offer many additional services which are not listed here.  Please contact us for further information and/or a free initial consultation.