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Church Legal Center
Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA
8950 Dr. MLK Jr. Street North Suite 160
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
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Practice Areas

Church/Non Profit Incorporation

Representation for Unincorporated Associations

Corporate Entity Selection and Formation

  •    Choice of Entity
  •    Business Structure
  •    Formation
  •    Articles of Incorporation
  •    Board of Director Formation
  •    Out of State Non-Profits wanting to do business in Florida

 Church Governance

  •    Board Meeting Documentation and Assistance
  •    Drafting Corporate Resolutions
  •    Drafting Bylaws
  •    Revising Bylaws
  •    Same Sex Marriage issues
  •    Business Meeting Assistance
  •    Attendance at Board meetings, Annual or Special Business Meetings

Employee Matters

  •     Office Management
  •     Hiring and Termination
  •     Employment Agreements
  •     Covenant not to Compete Agreements
  •     Conflict of Interest Documentation
  •     Sexual Harassment Compliance
  •     Embezzlement of Funds
  •     Analysis on Employee versus Independent Contractor
  •     Termination of Employees
  •     Separation Agreements

Church Property & Finances 

Real Estate and Business Transactions

  •      Purchase and Sale of Real Estate
  •      Vendor Contracts
  •      Commercial Lease Agreements
  •      Cell Tower Lease negotiation

  Church Financing Assistance

  •      Commercial Loans
  •      Denominational Financing
  •      Bond Issuance/Notes
  •      Opinion Letter for funding transaction 

General Liability

  •      Board and Entity Records Requests from church members or the public
  •      Conversion of Designated Offerings and the process to implement
  •      Negligent Hiring
  •      Negligent Supervision
  •      Consequences on Opting out of Social Security
  •      Guidance relating to Political Activities
  •      Church Volunteers

 Insurance Matters

  •      Review of Policies for adequacy of coverage
  •      Insurance Claims
  •      Negotiation of Claims

Personal Injury Matters

  •      Premises Liability
  •      Auto Accidents

Confidentiality Issues

Sexual Molestation matters

  •      Compliance to Florida law
  •      Assistance in regards to reporting and responding
  •      Press Releases


Legal Review of Documents and Demand Letters

Church Litigation Assistance

  •    Review and opinion on lawsuits
  •    Mediation Representation

Church Mergers and Consolidation

  •    Representation of both Surviving and Merging Entities

Miscellaneous Matters 

Satellite Church Formation

  •    Issues with Neighbors 

Winding Down and Dissolution

  •    Articles of Dissolution
  •    Filing for and removal of Foreign Non Profit Corporation doing business in Florida
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