Is Your Church a Religious Corporation or a Not for Profit?
In Illinois there are two corporation laws that can be used to form churches: the Religious Corporation Act of 1872 and the Not for Profit Corporation Act of 1986. Most lawyers practicing in the state of Illinois have probably heard of the latter statute, but relatively few may have heard of the former one.
Churches typically function with little awareness of their underlying corporate structure until they need to engage in some sort of commercial transaction–such as the purchase of real estate or obtaining a commercial loan–then the corporate structure becomes a matter of some attention.
Both kinds of corporations can function in the modern world of commercial transactions, but one type functions more easily than the other. Care to guess which one? Continue reading “The Legal Status of a Church”