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New Address

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Client and Friends: Jackie and are pleased to announce our new location to better serve your nonprofit needs. Please revise your contact information for us. Church Legal Center 8950 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North Suite 160 St. Petersburg, FL 33702 Thank you!

Church Wins Against City For “Parking Violations”

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends, A Tampa Federal Court ordered the City of St. Pete Beach to pay Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church $250,000 in attorney fees and costs in a legal battle over its alleged improper public use of its parking lot. This was reported by the United Church of Christ. Basically, the City objected… Read More »

Hiring Non US Citizens with Certain Identification

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends, Recently the US Justice Department (“JD”) issued notice of a settlement with a Florida based nonprofit Temple Beth El, a synagogue in Boca Raton that employs teachers and other staff for improper hiring of non US citizens. Basically the Synagogue discriminated against a prospective employee by requiring them to present… Read More »

Suspension or Termination of Church Membership

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends, We all know church membership plays a key role in growing a church. It provides opportunity for those who wish to become part of a local church family to feel accepted. It also provides a fishing pool for church leaders to handpick members to grow in leadership. Usually I am… Read More »

Florida Annual Report Reminder

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends, Please file your 2022 Annual Report with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations.  This is very important because it verifies the leadership authority of your corporate entity. Failure to do so may result in “Administrative Dissolution” of your nonprofit. In fact, annual reports are due by the third Friday… Read More »

2022 Housing Allowance Reminder

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends, Now that we are in December allow me remind you, if you have not done so already, to have your Board of Directors approve your 2022 parsonage and housing allowances. This is done by designating a portion of each ministers compensation as housing allowance. Remember it must be approved in… Read More »

National Church Administration Day

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends, October 21st is National Church Administration Day. This is the day to recognize those who assist in supporting your ministry. I encourage you to thank them for their efforts and faithfulness. It is also a timely reminder for the leadership to undergo a review of the ministry systems and operations.

What Assistance Does a Nonprofit Attorney Offer?

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends: Rev. John Joseph, Esq. CCA represents nonprofit entities who are in need of legal assistance. Most of our clients need help in these common areas which we have assisted over the past 12 months: Unincorporated Association convert to a Nonprofit Corporation Prepare and file Articles of Incorporation for a new church. Incorporate… Read More »

Watch Your Church Mailbox

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends, According to WKMG ClickOrlando, four Orlando individuals were recently arrested for stealing donations from over 600 churches. The money stolen totaled over $740,000. They stole from over 636 churches across the country, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. FDLE said they are still looking for one Orlando man and one Orlando… Read More »

Possible Liability for Church Leaders Refusing Vaccination to Continue Ministering

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends, Although I totally respect an individual’s choice not to be Covid-19 vaccinated there may be a liability issue for your ministry by allowing them to continue serving. Although this is simply my opinion, and I am not aware of any court case yet here is the possible scenario: A pastor… Read More »

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