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Author Archives: Jessica James

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West Virginia’s Complicated Relationship with Church Incorporation

By Simms Showers LLP |

West Virginia’s current Constitution prohibits the State from allowing any church under its authority to incorporate, making it the last state not to allow church incorporation. Article VI, Section 47 of the West Virginia Constitution explicitly states: “No charter of incorporation shall be granted to any church or religious denomination.” [1] Surprisingly to some,… Read More »

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Charitable Solicitation Registration-Why Register?

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Charitable Solicitation Registration-Why Register? Updated June 2022 From the nonprofit fundraising scandals of the late 1970’s to the televangelist debacles of the 2000’s, charity scandals over the last few decades have led many state governments to increase their regulation of charitable fundraising. The most significant legislative response to the shifting nonprofit landscape is the… Read More »

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Church Third Party Uses: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!

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Church Third Party Uses: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You! By H. Robert Showers, Esq. and Justin R. Coleman, Esq.  Renting or allowing the use of church and ministry facilities by third parties opens your ministry up to many new risks: child abuse liability, unwanted use purposes (same-sex marriages) or activities on-premises (illegal… Read More »

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