At The Goodman Law Firm, we advise and represent nonprofit religious organizations, corporations, educational institutions and churches.
We assist in the areas of:
- property ownership, sale and refinance
- petitioning the New York State Attorney General and/or the Court for approval of the sale or mortgaging of assets.
- 501(c)(3) corporate formation and governance
Property Ownership, Sale and Refinance
When a religious corporation wishes to sell or refinance real estate owned by the corporation, approval from the Attorney General and the Court are required. The process of obtaining these approvals can be very involved – therefore, it’s important to hire an experienced law firm to guide you through.
Tax Exempt Status
Without regard to religion or belief, we can help you establish tax exempt status and advise you on maintaining it.
If your organization is considering a change in religious affiliation, or are threatened with litigation, we can advise your leadership in protecting the organization’s legal interests, and help prepare the necessary documents to achieve your goals.
We can advise your organization regarding leadership issues, employment, working with independent contractors, and the extent to which your organization is impacted by federal and state employment laws.
Civil Litigation and Appeals
We defend religious organizations in the secular courts from the types of lawsuits stemming from corporate governance disputes and attempts to take property after a change in affiliation.