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Category Archives: Nonprofit Law

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE CALLING AN ATTORNEY ABOUT STARTING A NONPROFIT

By Simms Showers LLP |

By Justin R. Coleman, Esq. and H. Robert Showers Esq. So, you have a passion to save the world (or at least some portion of it)? For some, this may mean spending time working at a local soup kitchen, animal shelter, or youth program. Others may feel that their cause is not being adequately… Read More »

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Immigration Changes for Nonprofits and Churches

By Simms Showers LLP |

  1. Form I-9 Changes in January 2017 Recently the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new version of its Form I-9, the Employment Eligibility Verification form and required U.S. employers to begin using the new Form I-9 by January 22, 2017.  Currently, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conduct thousands of I-9… Read More »

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Nonprofit and Church Alert: Court Stalls New FLSA Rule

By Simms Showers LLP |

On November 22, 2016, a federal court enjoined the new FLSA salary rule that was scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016. That start date is postponed indefinitely pending further action of the Courts, Executive branch or Congress or all three. Judge Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas granted an Emergency Motion for… Read More »

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Responsibilities of Non-Profit Board Members

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In one of our recent newsletter articles, we highlighted some legal potholes that could harm your non-profit organization and how you can alert your board of directors to these risks.  This article turns the lens inward and addresses the risks to board members, if duties are not performed properly. The board of a non-profit… Read More »

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What’s In A Name?: Non-Profit Branding And Trademarks

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“What’s in a name?  A rose by any other name would smell as sweet….”  (Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene II).  Although I cannot disagree with Shakespeare’s words when it comes to affairs of the heart, a name means everything concerning the favor and reputation of a church or non-profit.  Protect your “rose” by… Read More »

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“Top Ten Legal Hotspots” for Lawyers Serving on Boards for Churches and Non-Profits

By Simms Showers LLP |

If you are “THE lawyer” on a church or non-profit Board of Directors, then you’re familiar with the unwarranted expectation that, despite your actual area of legal expertise, all potential legal liabilities are now covered by your presence. However, you also know that this is tantamount to expecting that a talented orthopedic surgeon can… Read More »

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Legal Audit Checklist for 2015

By Simms Showers LLP |

Numerous laws governing non-profit activities, management, and internal policies make non-profit corporation law a legal minefield.  Setting off any one of these metaphorical mines can have catastrophic effects on the viability and legitimacy of your non-profit organization.  Legal audits are invaluable tools which can be utilized to manage risk and ensure legal compliance with… Read More »

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Four Considerations for Managing Your Non-Profit Board

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The non-profit attorneys from Simms Showers discuss the management of a non-profit or a church and its board. Serving as the chairman of a non-profit or church organization can be a truly rewarding experience; however, every leadership position comes with its own fair share of difficulties.  One of the most labor-intensive responsibilities is managing… Read More »

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End of Year Donations: The Gift that Keeps on Giving?

By Simms Showers LLP |

Although the holidays are a time of rest for most, churches and non-profits often kick into over-drive during this season.  The last two months of the year are prime times to connect with donors and potential donors who only have until December 31st to give away money and claim a tax deduction.  As your… Read More »

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Why Non-Profits Should Regularly Assess Risk

By Simms Showers LLP |

Did you know that your organization may be at risk?  Organizations face a myriad of unexpected situations that can either promote their success or leave them vulnerable.  Non-profit organizations are no exception and should employ risk management strategies to judge the likelihood, severity and effects of potential liabilities. If your organization would like to… Read More »

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