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Church Issues: Waivers and Release Forms and Church Liability

Church Issues: Waivers and Release Forms and Church Liability

What these documents do—and don't do—based on statutes and court decisions made nationwide.
Top 10 Documents for Church Treasurers
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Top 10 Documents for Church Treasurers Subscriber access only

What you don't know can hurt you
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Protecting Church Members Subscriber access only

How can we keep our members from being taken advantage of financially?
Tennessee
Church Law & Tax Report

Members' Right to Inspect Church Records

Members may inspect records only if they have a “proper purpose” for doing so.
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Texas
Church Law & Tax Report

Is a Church Obligated to Share Member Records? Subscriber access only

State nonprofit corporation law may override protection of privacy.
Tennessee
Church Law & Tax Report

Defamation: Statements of Opinion Subscriber access only

Statements of opinion are generally not considered defamatory.
Church Law & Tax Report

Church Membership Subscriber access only

A California court ruled that it was not barred by the First Amendment guaranty of religious freedom from resolving a lawsuit brought by dismissed members challenging the legal validity of their dismissals.
Church Law & Tax Report

Church Membership Subscriber access only

A North Carolina court ruled that the civil courts are barred by the First Amendment from resolving cases involving the discipline of church members.
Church Law & Tax Report

Officers, Directors, and Trustees - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A Georgia court ruled that a church's entire board had properly been dismissed by the church members at a duly called special business meeting.
Church Law & Tax Report

Officers, Directors, and Trustees Subscriber access only

A New York court ruled that a pastor's attempt to remove an entire board of deacons, and several church members, was unlawful and of no effect.
Church Law & Tax Report

Church Membership Subscriber access only

An Illinois court ruled that it was barred by the first amendment from resolving a lawsuit brought by a dismissed member of an orthodox Jewish community
Church Law & Tax Report

Church Property - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A Connecticut court ruled that a denominational agency had no authority to retain the property of a church that voted to withdraw.
Church Law & Tax Report

Church Records Subscriber access only

A Texas court ruled that the first amendment did not bar the civil courts from enforcing the rights of church members to inspect the records of an incorporated church.
Church Law & Tax Report

Church Business Meetings Subscriber access only

A Georgia court ruled that a trial court did not violate the first amendment guaranty of religious freedom when it intervened in a local church dispute
Church Law & Tax Report

Clergy—Removal - Part 1 Subscriber access only

An Arkansas court ruled that a church congregation lawfully removed a pastor from office.
Church Law & Tax Report

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers - Part 5 Subscriber access only

A Minnesota court ruled that it was not prevented from resolving various claims against a church as a result of a pastor's sexual relationship with a female church member.
Church Law & Tax Report

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A California court ruled that the first amendment guaranty of religious freedom prevented a woman from suing her church for the alleged sexual misconduct of its pastor.
Church Law & Tax Report

Defamation - Part 1 Subscriber access only

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that church officials could be sued for defamation as a result of a letter that was sent to both members and non-members.
Church Law & Tax Report

Church Membership - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A Missouri court ruled that it was barred from resolving a lawsuit brought by a dismissed church member claiming that his church defamed him.
Church Law & Tax Report

Church Membership - Part 2 Subscriber access only

A Georgia court ruled that the first amendment severely limits the authority of the civil courts to intervene in internal church disputes, but the general rule does not prevent the courts from deciding the composition of a church’s membership, or the resolution of some church property disputes.
Church Law & Tax Report

Church Membership - Part 3 Subscriber access only

A federal court in the District of Columbia ruled that a church could not be forced to disclose the names of its members in a lawsuit.
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