If your mission is unable to have an attorney on staff, where do you go for legal advice? Even an initial consultation can be costly, and your chosen attorney may not be well versed in some of the issues that ministries face. Read on to learn more about the legal consultation AGRM offers your mission as a member benefit.
- 20-minute initial consultation with attorney Jon Ruybalid
- Initial consultation included in membership fee
- Much can be accomplished in a 20-minute call
Mission’s Local Attorney
- Jon is glad to work with your local attorney
- Your local attorney knows you and your ministry, but Jon can come alongside with some expertise or experience he/she may not have
- Support the board and local attorney relationship
- Can work independently or in conjunction with your local attorney as your board determines is most effective
Sample Mission Issues
- Board of Director Policies & Procedures
- Corporate Governance
- Employment Matters – Job descriptions, applications, terminations, handbooks
- Volunteer Liability
- Tax Exempt/Tax Guidance – Form 990s
- Ministry Structure – add ministries, organizations
- Contracts - Ministry Affiliations, Jointly Operate
Jonathan A. Ruybalid
Lawyer Experienced working with Missions/Ministries
Jon has been representing nonprofit tax- exempt organizations and small businesses for almost 20 years. He graduated from Grace University (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and the University of Minnesota Law School (J.D.). Jon began his legal career as an attorney with the Washington, DC area law firm Gammon & Grange, P.C. He has served in management with Starbucks Coffee Company, Strong Financial Resources, as owner of Legal Grounds Coffee Company, board member and general counsel of Forest Springs Ministries and Camp Forest Springs. He currently provides legal counsel for numerous entities in addition to serving as Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for RootMusic, Inc.
His preferred approach is preventive law, strategy and planning, and nonprofit risk management – assisting organizations to adopt policies and procedures to minimize and avoid potential pitfalls.