Legal Update
Charity – Share The Joy
By: Christopher J. Charles, Esq.
Charity may be the last think on your mind. The media is reporting that more than 60% of Americans believe that 2021 was the worst year of their lives. Many people are hurting; yet we have become more isolated than ever before. Most agree that charity and generosity are good things; indeed, charity is a virtue and worthy of our pursuit. The late author C.S. Lewis says this about charity: “I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. 
Eminent Domain and What It Can Mean for Property Owners
By: Christopher J. Charles, Esq.
Under legal principles of eminent domain or condemnation, the federal, state or municipal government can take land that belongs to private property owners and convert it for public use. However, the government only can take private land if it pays the property owner just compensation for the land. This right derives from the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Checklist for Nonprofit Corporation Bylaws
By: Erik W. Stanley, Esq.
Bylaws set forth the name and location of the nonprofit corporation. The bylaws also list the corporation’s purpose, which must be consistent with the purpose outlined in its articles of incorporation. Assuming that the corporation intends to qualify as a nonprofit corporation under 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code, the bylaws typically state that the corporation has an exclusively charitable, educational, or religious purpose. The bylaws also typically contain other statements indicating that it is compliant with all other requirements to maintain eligibility as a nonprofit organization under federal tax law.
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