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Church Entity Representation

At the Law Office of Ronald L. Broquet, I offer churches and religious organizations experienced and tailored representation in the many different legal issues that may be affecting their organization. I am a solo practitioner with over 30 years of experience that I utilize when representing clients throughout the Detroit metro area.

Below are some of the more common church and religious organization issues that I handle. For more information, please contact me online today.

  • Incorporation of Entity: Incorporate the ministry and draft church governing documents
  • Legal Review of Documents: Confidential review of documents such as contracts, leases, current Articles of Incorporation, Constitution and By-Laws. Often these documents require my involvement in negotiating, updating or restating on behalf of the church.
  • Board Meeting Records Requests:  When a member or nonmember makes a written request for copies of board or other minutes of meetings, I will consult with church staff in making sure these documents are handled properly.
  • Staff Hiring and Firing:  I can advise you regarding employment, personnel issues and proper termination.
  • Embezzlement:  In my experience, churches on occasion have had an employee
    embezzle funds. Unfortunately it does happen. I can counsel you on recovering the amount lost through drafting a Restitution Agreement or initiate legal proceedings if necessary.
  • Sexual Molestation: Claims of sexual conduct or molestation have been in the news
    involving church pastors and staff in recent years. I can advise and counsel those accused.
  • Insurance Reviews:  Over the years I have worked in the area of negligence law. I will review your church insurance policy and declaration sheet and advise you on the sufficiency and present certain recommendations for your consideration.
  • Attendance at Board Meetings, Annual or Special Business Meetings:  It is common for me to be invited to attend certain critical meetings for various reasons. Issues regarding the interpretation of church by-laws and state or federal law may affect current business of the church board or membership under discussion. My involvement can be invaluable in avoiding prospective problems.

General Liability:

I will counsel you regarding liability issues and recommend certain measures to reduce liability exposure or if sued assist you with your insurance company appointed counsel.

Additional Practice Areas Include:

  • Unincorporated associations
  • Business entity selection and formation
  • Review and Negotiate Cell Tower Agreements
  • Church financing
  • Church property purchases
  • Drafting by laws
  • Policies and procedure
  • Negligence of employees
  • Negligence of volunteers
  • Premises liability
  • Dissolution of church or ministry

Call or contact me online to schedule a free consultation. I am available to meet you at another location in the Detroit area that is convenient for you and offer flexible appointment times.