Religious institutions confront a variety of unique legal issues and problems related to their religious missions. Holland & Knight assists faith-based organizations by integrating advice about compliance with the increasingly complex laws applicable to all non-profit and tax-exempt organizations with counsel on how they may fulfill their distinctive faith-based commitments. These issues may involve, for example:
Religious institutions may also face special governance challenges and schism threats pertaining to their religious affiliations. They commonly manage unusual liability and compliance risks arising from their service to children, the elderly, sick, addicted, poor and needy. In addition, religious counseling may involve special dangers under fiduciary duty doctrines or because of privileges at odds with mandatory reporting and disclosure requirements. Fundraising practices, financing requirements, and zoning laws also present challenges to faith-based organizations. Holland & Knight's religious institutions attorneys are trained to find solutions to compliance problems.
Sensitive to the distinctive mission of faith-based organizations, Holland & Knight's lawyers serve a broad variety of organizations nationwide, including:
Our attorneys counsel religious institutions proactively about how best to achieve their objectives and to reduce risks and liabilities. We lobby legislatures, Congress and the executive branch on behalf of our clients. In addition, we advocate on our clients' behalf before administrative and regulatory bodies and in state and federal courts. We also assist with tax-exempt financings, handle IRS audits and other tax controversies, provide legal audits, and consult on compliance with community and faith-based regulations.
Holland & Knight can assemble a team of lawyers and professionals from across the country with experience and knowledge that is tailored to meet each faith-based organization's needs from real estate and land use, intellectual property, estate donation, security, and tax issues to complying with low income, retirement and nursing home regulations and employment laws.
We are ready to litigate controversies that cannot otherwise be resolved. Our lawyers organize and participate in seminars and conferences, as well as publish articles concerning topics of interest to faith-based organizations. Through Holland & Knight's widely recognized pro bono service initiatives and the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, we share a common goal with our religious institutional clients to improve the communities in which we live and work.
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