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How would we go about setting up legal trusteeship at a church?

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How would we go about setting up legal trusteeship at a church? (based in East London [email protected]
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Alex J. replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for your question and welcome.

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What is the purpose of the trust? Is it to manage property or the charitable proceeds of the church?

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you AJ. The answer to your question comes as a further two fold question. Firstly, We are a forty year old church (place of religion) based in the UK. London East, with a sister branch based in North West London. We had Trustees for this church established since 1972. Since that time all but one of our trustees have passed away. We have recently appointed new Trustees and want to make these new appointments legally official. Secondly, we have been recently told by the Charities Commission that we need to register with them as a charity. We meet charity commission criteria but need to know how this affects trustee legalities since the trustees yet to be appointed for the charity may not be the same trustees already appointed by church leadership who plan and approve church formalities. Our question is can we have two separate boards of trustees? One for Church issues and the other for Charity issues. and secondly What is the right and legal way forward?

Expert:  Alex J. replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for providing these details.

I am going to opt out and allow one of my colleagues with Charities expertise to continue with this question.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you.

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