Drake spent the early years of his life working at a locally owned sawmill and enjoyed living in the woods. His life experiences have crafted a unique real world perspective to the law and real world industries. The logging industry was effectively shut down from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); the mill closed, and the town basically died. NAFTA reinvented Drake’s career by paying for him to go to law school.

As the chief legal strategy officer, Drake’s role at Northwest guides our company and our clients through the vast bureaucracy we all deal with when running a business.

Additionally, Drake is the primary author of the new “No Boloney” blog which talks about non-profits, LLCs & corporations, registered agent services, and more. He is also a featured contributor onĀ

Drake’s Publications:


Estate Taxes: What Y0u Need to Know to Protect Your Family and Your Business

How Creating Value for Your Customers Can Give Your Business a Competitive Edge

Multiple Companies Under One Roof: How to Understand DBAs and Holding Companies

Should You Take Your Company Public With a Reverse Merger? Here Are the Pros and the Pitfalls

The Truth About Shell Companies: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Why Your New LLC Needs an Operating Agreement

Are Small Business Corporations Really Dead?

5 Things You Can Outsource to Grow Your Business

5 Ways to Boost Your Business’ Google+ Presence

3 Ideas Your Startup Can Steal From Warby Parker

7 Ways to Save When You Incorporate Your Startup

Benefit Corporations: How Do They Differ From Nonprofits?


How to Domesticate Your Business to Another State

Federal Employer Identification Number: Everything You Need to Know

What to Know Before You Buy a Restaurant

LLCs for Freelancers: Understanding Liability Protection

Writing Your Business Purpose (And Why It Matter)

The Future of American Business: Benefit Corporations?

Directors and Officers: Understanding the Roles of Corporate Management

How To Properly Dissolve Your LLC

How to Transfer Assets to Your LLC

Got You Covered: Specialty Insurance for Your Business

Nuts and Bolts: Turn Your Hobby Into a Business

The Most Common S-Corp Misconceptions: Part 1

The Most Common S-Corp Misconceptions: Part 2

Understanding Classes of Stock

How to Start a Nonprofit

3 Steps to Becoming an S Corporation

A Guide to the S Corporation

Tax Time: A Guide to Completing the Schedule C

Tax Time Checklist: How to Send 1099s

Working with Professionals to Launch Your Business

Business Structure: Which Works Best for You

New Business Do’s and Don’ts Checklist

Where to Get Your New Business Licenses and Permits

Nonprofit Purpose and Tax Exempt Status

Nonprofits and Reasonable Compensation

Nonprofit Fundraising in the Digital Age

Public Benefit Nonprofit Corporations

Filing Annual Reports for Business Entities

Who Does What? Understanding the Professional Roles Within a Corporation

Religious Nonprofit Organizations and Churches

Nonprofit Corporations vs For Profit Corporations

Charity Registration Checklist

What is the Difference Between a Nonprofit Organization and a Charity?

Getting Professional: A Guide to Forming PLLCs, Pas, and Other Professional Entities

How to Hire Employees for Your Startup

Checklist: How to Incorporate a Sole Proprietorship

Mutual Benefit Nonprofits

What is a Nonprofit?

Foreign Nonprofits: Doing Business Out of State

What is the Differnce Between a Nonprofit Organization and a Benefit Corporation?

Buying a Small Business: Assets vs Entities

Should You Hire a Registered Agent or Be Your Own?

Defining the Series LLC

The Fastest States to Form a Company In

Which State Should You Incorporate In?

Initial Requirements After Forming Your Corporation or LLC

Do It Yourself Checklist to Incorporate Your Business

Balancing Nonprofits and Paid Employees

The Guide to Nonprofits and Tax Exemption

9 Steps to Starting Your Own Nonprofit

The State and Your Nonprofit

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