Alcott Law News & Insights


Legal Considerations for Churches: Uses of Real Estate

Many churches in the greater New York area are situated on land that is very valuable. However, those same churches may be struggling to pay their bills or renovate aging church structures. We are seeing with greater frequency that churches in our area have growing congregations that require expanded facilities in order to accommodate this growth.

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How do I Incorporate a Church?

Religious Corporations Law Section 2 defines a religious corporation as a corporation created for religious purposes to enable its members to meet for divine worship or other religious observances. Corporations formed for the purpose of operating a church or other religious denominations are filed pursuant to the Religious Corporations Law.

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What are Jeopardizing Investments?

Jeopardizing investments are investments which fail to comply with the standard of conduct in managing and investing charitable assets as set out in the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (“UPMIFA”).

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