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San Francisco Zen Center


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Religious Institutions

Because of the protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution in the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses, religious institutions are subject to tax and corporate rules that differ greatly from those applicable to other nonprofit organizations. In addition, many religious denominations have their own internal bodies of law that also must be followed while dealing with governance and tax issues and other compliance with civil law. A denomination's hierarchical structure, if any, may also affect our civil law advice.

Adler & Colvin attorneys have counseled a broad spectrum of religious groups; among them Western and Eastern denominations, religious orders, and individual churches, synagogues, mosques, and other institutions.


We provide advice on:

  • Assisting with structural and governance issues.
  • Complying with tax laws and audits.
  • Collaborating with a denomination's religious counsel.

We suggest you also view our Nonprofit Structures, Relationships and Transactions practice area.


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