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Church Legal Risks to Avoid in 2024

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

Dear Clients and Friends, In this month’s blog, I will highlight a couple legal risks church leaders need to avoid. CHURCH BEING SUED FOR PERSONAL INJURIES RESULTING FROM A SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT. Slip and fall accidents are very common. It has been reported in Florida that last year there were over 75,000 hospitalizations… Read More »

2023 Contribution Report

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

Dear Clients and Friends, Pastors, treasurers and bookkeepers are busy this month preparing their contribution statements for 2023. You want to include checks, cash, money orders and credit card payments. Also, do not forget those donations made online! I suggest including the name and address of the church and add the following phrase: “No… Read More »

Loss of Tax Exemption due to Involuntary Dissolution

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

Dear Clients and Friends: I am in the process of writing a book on the practical application of church law for church leaders. While researching for my Chapter on Church Dissolution I discovered something I want to share with you. In this Chapter I discuss how a church can dissolve both Voluntarily and Involuntary…. Read More »

Rev. John Joseph, Esq. CCA Represents Churches and Other Nonprofit Entities

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

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

Churches and Submersibles

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

Dear Clients and Friends, It has been reported the passengers aboard the OceanGate’s Titan submersible signed waivers understanding the risk of injury or death before the trip. But those waivers may not protect the company. Waivers may work in cases of “simple negligence”, but they may not hold up if there is “gross negligence”… Read More »

**Estate Planning Seminar**

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

Dear Client and Friends: I wish to thank GRACE WORLD OUTREACH CHURCH of Brooksville, FL for inviting me to speak at their Senior Adult group “Grace Builders”. Senior Pastor Daniel Norris and his associate Ron Hansen made me feel so welcome. I spoke on the importance and the current state of law on Wills… Read More »

*Florida Annual Report Reminder**

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

Dear Clients and Friends, Please file your 2023 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… Read More »

2022 Contribution Report

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

Dear Clients and Friends, Pastors, treasurers and bookkeepers are busy this month preparing their contribution statements for 2022. You want to include checks, cash, money orders and credit card payments. Also, do not forget those donations made online! I suggest including the name and address of the church and add the following phrase: “No… Read More »

Justice Department Launches New ADA Website

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

Dear Clients and Friends: Last week the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it has launched a new and improved version of its Americans with Disabilities Act website, ada.gov. The updated version of the website is designed to more effectively serve the public and help expand access for people with disabilities. It has a… Read More »

2023 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 2023 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 »

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