Nonprofit Law for the Christian Ministry


Michelle A. Adams, Esq.


Practice Areas

Practice Areas

The laws governing non-profit organizations have similarities to their for-profit counterparts, but non-profit laws and regulations contain many requirements and restrictions that are unique.  Furthermore, religious organizations continue to face their own distinct challenges – especially in recent decades.   

The Law Office of Michelle A. Adams can assist a new organization as early as the vision forms in the founder’s mind.  This assistance may involve guiding the organization through the setup process, providing representation as it pursues tax exempt status, and setting the proper policies in place to better remain in compliance with the tax regulators and best practices in the nonprofit world.  Our goal is to be accessible to clients, connecting with them through plain language, and conveying realistic expectations as they move through a process that is unfamiliar to most.  

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

Every organization is unique, but the process of establishing a new nonprofit may involve the following strategic and legal matters:

  • Choosing an appropriate organizational name
  • Selecting a Board of Directors
  • Preparing a proper purpose statement
  • Strategic Structuring (Supporting Organizations, Group Exemption, Chapters, Associations, Religious Structures, etc.)
  • Formation Documents (Articles of Incorporation, etc.)
  • Governing Documents (Bylaws, Conflict of Interest Policy, Compensation Policy, etc.)
  • Tax Exemption Applications and Issues (Federal and State)
  • Charitable Solicitation Registration
  • Executive Compensation
  • Annual Reporting & Compliance matters
  • Donation Management & the Public Support Test
  • Volunteer Management
  • Trademarks, Service Marks, & Copyright matters
  • Interntional Grantmaking & Expenditure Responsibility


Practice Areas

 Since 2009, Michelle A. Adams has specialized in the nuanced area of tax-exempt public charities, assisting Christian ministries domestically and abroad through their initial stages of formation as nonprofit entities in the United States, the process of obtaining federal income tax exemption, and the related ongoing compliance and governance issues.

Michelle obtained a B.A. in International Business & Global Economics from Cedarville University and a J.D. from Regent University.  Since then, Michelle has assisted numerous religious humanitarian and evangelistic organizations. Michelle is a member of the State Bar of Idaho and State Bar of Georgia. 



Office Location: Boise, Idaho

Office Phone: 208.229.7099

Office Fax: 866.455.9236