Legal Counsel for Church and Faith Based Institutions in Tarrant County, Dallas County, Collin County & Denton County
Church LawAn Inside Perspective and Competent Legal Guidance
Corporate America has ushered in an era of commercial and business complexity. Even as non-profit organizations, churches must comply with many laws in order to remain in operation and finance their existence. The simple days of a church standing on the shoulders of good will and community efforts are long gone, and consequently, many churches and religious organizations require legal guidance in order to protect their rights.
In addition to being a lawyer, Lonnie Woods is an ordained minister. His perspective as both an attorney and member of the clergy offers valuable insight into the legal challenges that churches face and how many laws affecting religious institutions can assist them in resolving their issues.
Churches do not need to file corporate income tax returns provided that incorporation has been done properly and the church is managed according to IRS Code, Section 501 (c)(3) for tax-exempt organizations. Our firm assists churches with 501(c) incorporation and compliance necessary to maintain nonprofit status.
Bylaws are the rules a nonprofit organization subscribes to in conducting its affairs. While the state does not require bylaws to be filed as they do with articles of incorporation, most states have statutes that make the adoption of bylaws mandatory. A religious institution may also develop policies and procedures along with a code of ethics to manage operations. Our firm assists organizations with articles of incorporation, bylaws and the legal aspects of other corporate and regulatory matters.
Church Legal Issues
At the Woods Law Firm, We keep abreast of current legislation affecting churches. Legal issues can not only interfere with the daily operation of a church and put a damper on finances, but also prevent the church from devoting time to carry out its mission.
Our firm provides legal advice and representation for churches in a variety of legal issues:
- Buying and selling real estate for church purposes
- Liability counseling issues
- Managing and advising pastor/church board disputes
- Counseling on church finance
- Counseling on offering issues related to the IRS
- Church personal injury liabilities
- Church building issues