Governance and Bylaws

Establishing and conducting effective governance is a critical component to the health and sustainability of your church, faith-based organization or nonprofit corporation. Governance clearly outlines the role of its members or board of directors, enables compliance with relevant legislation and regulation, and confirms the methods through which your organization’s vision will be fulfilled. Each state has different requirements regarding how your nonprofit is governed, which could include how many board members are required and how often board meetings must be held. Nicholson Law Firm will guide you through the complexities of state and federal laws, including those surrounding bylaws and governing bodies.

Bylaws are the internal operating rules for your nonprofit organization. Since the bylaws create the framework for how your organization will conduct operations, drafting bylaws is a critical task that should be done with the assistance of legal counsel.

A nonprofit or church is governed by its members or board of directors. These directors are sometimes referred to as directors, trustees, elders, deacons, or officers and are legally responsible for the work of the nonprofit or church. Laws strictly control how these managers conduct themselves and they have duties of loyalty, impartiality, and competence to the organization.

Nicholson Law Firm has provided church and nonprofit law services to many organizations in need of general counsel, mediation and arbitration, formation and incorporation, governance and bylaws, insurance, land use, legal audits, and tax exemption. These services have been provided to churches, religious camps, para-religious nonprofits, private independent schools, and nonprofits focused on youth, veterans, and those in need of food, clothing and shelter. Our law firm provides church, faith-based organization and nonprofit law services in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont.


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