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Category Archives: Church Law

Important Reminder for Annual Report

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

If you have not done so already file your 2020 Annual Report with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations. This is very important because it verifies the leadership authority of your entity. Failure to do so may result in “Administrative Dissolution” of your nonprofit. Due to the pandemic an Executive Order No…. Read More »

SBA issues PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

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

Dear Clients and Friends, Many of my clients have secured PPP loans for their nonprofits. Most have already received their money and are now preparing for the next phase, forgiveness of the loan. This past week the SBA has issued the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Worksheets. Click here for the PDF I hope… Read More »

SBA provides Updated Q & A for PPP Loans

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

Dear Clients and Friends, Many of my clients have secured PPP loans for their nonprofits. Most have already received their money and are now preparing for the next phase, forgiveness of the loan. Over the last 30 days the SBA has been issuing frequently asked Questions and Answers to help the general public deal… Read More »

Secure Approval Before Applying for PPP Loan

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

Dear Clients and Friends, The church world is a buzz with webinars and emails about the SBA loan program called the “Paycheck Protection Program.” Without a doubt this program will help many churches and nonprofits across our country hurting due to falling donations. But please review your governing documents: Articles of Incorporation, Constitution and… Read More »

Coronavirus Paper by Church Council of Seattle

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

Dear Clients and Friends, Many of my clients are debating whether to hold church services after this weekend. In the US the City of Seattle (King County) is at the epicenter of this pandemic. Today I was able to secure the local church councils white paper which was given out to help local pastors…. Read More »

Coronavirus Preparedness Checklist for Churches

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

Dear Clients and Friends, The media is full of stories about the Coronovirus and its health impact on our society. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is rolling out information to help businesses both for-profit and non-profit to deal with this possible pandemic. I am attaching to this email the Faith… Read More »

Contribution Statement Reminder

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

Dear clients and friends, Pastors, treasurers and bookkeepers are busy this month preparing their contribution statements for 2019. 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 »

Support, Service and Psychiatric Animals in Church Services

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

Dear Clients and Friends, Occasionally I am asked to explain the differences between Service, Emotional Support and Psychiatric animals. In this blog, I will address this and assist you to understanding the Federal and State legal accommodations required of these animals. Although Florida law allows dogs and miniature horses as service animals this blog… Read More »

Arizona Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Christian Business Owners

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

Dear Clients and Friends, Two days ago the Arizona Supreme Court ruled in favor of two Christian business owners who were sued by the City of Phoenix for not designing a gay couple’s wedding invitations. A little background about the business owners. “Duka and Koski are the sole member-owners of Brush & Nib, a for-profit… Read More »

Hurricane Dorian Assistance Information for Churches

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

Just in case some of our church clients are hurting and can use assistance Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that private nonprofit houses of worship are eligible for disaster assistance as community centers, without regard to their secular or religious nature. FEMA provides financial assistance, through its Public Assistance Program, to certain private… Read More »

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