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Frank Sommerville

Frank Sommerville

Frank Sommerville

Frank Sommerville is a shareholder in the law firm of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, P.C. in Houston and Dallas, Texas. He received his bachelor's degree in business from Texas Wesleyan University. He received his masters in professional accounting with an emphasis on taxation from the University of Texas at Arlington. His law degree is from the University of Houston Law Center. He holds a license as a Certified Public Accountant. He is also Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is rated AV (highest possible) by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory.

Frank has presented seminars on nonprofit taxation since 1981. He regularly assists churches in preventing litigation, including those that originate with accusations of sexual misconduct. Due to his significant contributions to the church administration profession, he was inducted into the National Association for Church Business Administration (NACBA) "Hall of Fame" in 2003.

Recent Articles by Frank Sommerville

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Q&A: Gun Laws and Church Security
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Q&A: Gun Laws and Church Security Subscriber access only

How churches can know the laws in place and make a plan to protect their congregations.
Q&A: Can We Give an Honorarium to a Visiting Missionary?
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Q&A: Can We Give an Honorarium to a Visiting Missionary? Subscriber access only

Why purpose, amounts, and the right visa make a world of difference.
Monetary Gifts for Pastors Who Leave
Church Finance Today

Monetary Gifts for Pastors Who Leave Subscriber access only

Churches must follow special rules when it comes to monetary gifts.
Church Volunteers and Copyright Ownership
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Church Volunteers and Copyright Ownership Subscriber access only

A case illustrates what churches own—and don’t own.
Q&A: Reimbursing Group Health Insurance Premiums Paid By a Spouse's Employer
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Q&A: Reimbursing Group Health Insurance Premiums Paid By a Spouse's Employer

Church employees may receive tax-free reimbursements—if certain steps are followed.
11 Reasons Your Church May Need a Lawyer
Managing Your Church

11 Reasons Your Church May Need a Lawyer

There are other reasons besides lawsuits that call for legal advice.
Church Law and Tax Report

Can Our Church Buy Crosses from a Foreign Business? Subscriber access only

Check export and import rules, and suspected terrorist lists.
Avoiding Costly Tax-filing Mistakes

Avoiding Costly Tax-filing Mistakes

Describes several common errors to watch out for when filing minister's taxes.
Safe, Sensible Church Counseling

Safe, Sensible Church Counseling

Tips to make your counseling ministry safer.