Nicholas Kovach has a passion for helping individuals, families and entities
navigate legal issues. He believes in giving every client individualized
attention and enjoys helping his clients achieve their desired results.
Nick loves spending time with his wife and young daughter and in his free
time enjoys practicing and competing in judo.
Since joining Shifman & Carlson in 2012, Nick has concentrated his
practice on advising closely held businesses, non-profits and tax-exempt
organizations, as well as gaining extensive experience in estate planning
and probate litigation. He is well-versed in real estate transactions
and has served as general counsel for school districts, municipalities,
charter schools, non-profits, and privately held businesses advising on
day-to-day legal issues, compliance, governance, and litigation.
As general counsel to businesses and non-profits, Nick’s practice
includes formation, the preparation of purchase agreements, operating
agreements, employment and independent contractor agreements, and other
business contracts. He also advises clients on employment matters, including
FLSA wage and hour disputes, employee handbooks, and terminations. In
addition, Nick has guided numerous clients with business disputes and
commercial litigation. He also handles general corporate transactions
such as assets sales and stock transfers.
Nick advises tax exempt entities on a broad array of matters, including
governance, formation, obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status, state
and local registration requirements, mergers, dissolution and entity conversion/
reclassification. He is well versed in assisting clients with preparing
and submitting IRS forms such as Form 990 and Form 1023. He regularly
advises entities on the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury regulations
regarding the public support test, group exemptions, unrelated business
income tax (UBIT), and lobbying matters.
As a probate practitioner, Nick has successfully litigated will contests
and other contested matters involving decedent estates and guardianship
matters. Nick’s real estate practice includes residential and commercial
transactions. He represents both tenants and landlords in commercial leases
negotiation and disputes.
Nick regularly counsels clients regarding:
- Corporate governance
- Commercial and residential leases
- Business formation and start-ups
- Real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and financing
- Franchise agreements and franchise disclosure documents
- Business disputes and litigation
- Employment issues
- Probate litigation
- Estate planning
- Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
- Charter schools