H. Douglas Duncan

A Professional Law Corporation

A Brief History

Mr. Duncan is uniquely qualified to work with Pastors, church boards and church administrators having served as one for over 15 years. Doug Duncan served churches as a full-time staff member in the areas of music, youth, Christian education and evangelism. In 1990 he returned to school earning a Juris Doctorate degree. For the past 20 years he has practiced law with an emphasis in non-profit organizations, individual and non-profit tax issues and estate planning. As a result of his personal experience in ministry he approaches the legal issues of the pastor and the church in a practical, applicational manner.

Doug currently serves as "of counsel" to the Northern California/Nevada District of the Assemblies of God and as a consultant and legal advisor to over 150 independent churches and non-profit organizations. Doug and his wife Rhonda have been married for forty years and have three adult sons and eight grandchildren.

Credentials

Legal Counsel: Assemblies of God Northern CA/Nevada District & its 430 churches

Legal Counsel: Over 150 independent Churches and Ministries

Emphaisis in Federal Tax Law, Exempt Organization Issues

Emphasis in Corporate Legal and Financial Compliance

Areas of Concentration

  • Nonprofit Organization Law: Formation, Consultation and IRS compliance
  • Tax Law: Individual (emphasis on ministers) and Churches
  • Estate Planning (California)
  • Tax Defense for individuals and organizations (both state and federal)
  • Risk Management Consulting

Depending on Jurisdiction the practice encompasses the following:

  • Legal and Financial Onsite Reviews
  • Corporate Development (Articles/Bylaws)
  • Federal Exemption Applications
  • Tax Preparation for Ministers
  • Risk Management consultation
  • Representation of clients and churches before the IRS
  • General consultation and church representation
  • Nonprofit Organization Returns

Education

  • 1975 - B.A. in Religious Education: Southern California College (currently Vanguard University), Costa Mesa, California
  • 1995 - Doctorate of Juris Prudence: Humphrey’s School of Law (currently Laurence Drivon School of Law) Stockton, California

Current Clients

  • Legal counsel to the Northern California / Nevada District of the Assemblies of God (in excess of 425 churches; over 1,450 licensed and ordained ministers)
  • Legal Counsel for IRS compliance issues to over 200 independent churches
  • Provided IRS Legal/Financial compliance assistance to over 150 independent churches

Qualifications

  • Member California Bar Association (1995)
  • Admitted to practice in the U.S. Tax Court
  • Admitted to practice before the IRS

What is the benefit of participating in the Minister's Tax Solution Program?

  • Expert attention to your tax issues by an attorney whose practice focuses on the ministry.

  • 10% discount on legal services provided to you or your church.

  • An established legal reputation with legal and ecclesiastical accountability.

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