Nonprofit, Religious and Charitable Organizations
We provide a wide-variety of legal services to religious organizations, charities, and not-for-profit entities. In addition to formation and organization, we counsel such entities with regard to corporate governance, tax compliance, tax audits, internal investigations, and legal reporting requirements.
Our litigation expertise includes proceedings seeking the judicial approval or confirmation of mortgages on properties owned by religious organizations. For instance, we recently won an appeal reinstating a temple’s complaint to void certain mortgages as illegally recorded by the bank in violation of the Religious Corporations Law and staying the bank’s related foreclosure proceeding.
We were also successful in defending a church against claims by a bankruptcy trustee seeking to void certain charitable contributions made by the debtor. The case involved insolvency issues and novel issues under the Religious Liberty and Charitable Donation Protection Act of 1998.