Nonprofit and Church Law

Nonprofit organizations include churches, foundations, clubs, charities, and societies.  As any leader of a nonprofit organization knows, a successful nonprofit organization must attend to more than just the purpose for which it serves. Nonprofits, like any other organization, must deal with a multitude of legal and administrative matters, including organizational, tax, employment, liability, regulatory, contractual, and real estate issues.

At Henneke, Fraim, & Dawes, P.C., we understand the various areas of the law that impact organizations. We know that while nonprofit organizations have business concerns, they also have unique attributes that require special attention and expertise. 

Our attorneys apply this knowledge on behalf of the organizations we represent. Our clients are able to tend to the needs of their constituencies, confident that their legal obligations are being met and their exposure to liability is minimized. 

We offer legal support and advices to churches, charities and other nonprofits before they are formed as legal entities, throughout the process of their growth and life cycle, and if necessary, upon dissolution.

Among the matters with which we can assist are:

  • Incorporation, formation and dissolution
  • Preparation of bylaws and other governing documents
  • Preparation and filing of necessary reports with governmental bodies
  • Rentals, leases, purchases and sales of property
  • Tax issues, including tax planning and application for IRS 501(c)(3) status
  • Employment issues
  • Advice regarding volunteers, including background checks, waivers of liability, etc.
  • Education regarding regulatory compliance, liability concerns and avoidance of litigation
  • Establishment of foundations and trusts for charitable giving
  • Representation in litigation regarding
    • Premises liability
    • Employment
    • Allegations of improper conduct

If you serve a church or other nonprofit organization, we invite you to contact Henneke, Fraim & Dawes, PC to discuss how our firm can help your organization maintain compliance with applicable laws, protect its resources, and plan for its future

Attorneys:  Edward G. Henneke