Church Law & Tax Report
Articles with a are available only to members.
Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Employer Guilty of "Religious Harassment"
Man had witnessed to an employee.
Church Daycares and Non-Establishment of Religion
Court rules that city's ordinance does not violate the First Amendment.
Members Block Church's Disposition of Assets
In some states, members may challenge a church board's decision to dispose of assets.
Bishop Sues Local Pastor for Refusing to Step Down
A denomination's lawsuit against a minister cannot come from a denominational official.
Members Sue to Dissolve Church
Their lawsuit was dismissed.
Review of Church Membership Decisions
Courts generally consider membership decisions to be an ecclesiastical matter.
Minister Sues Denomination Over Broken Promise
He claimed a bishop had promised to appoint him to a particular church.
"Just Compensation" for Condemned Property
Churches are entitled to compensation for condemned property.
Arbitration of Church Disputes
Court rules that arbitrators' decision is final.
Government Employee Dismissed for Engaging in Religious Activities
Court rules that man's rights were not violated.
Officers, Directors, and Trustees
Limited Liability of Charitable Organizations
Does this limitation extend to officers and directors?
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities
Man Suffers Heart Attack During Aerobics Class
Athletic club found not legally responsible.
Liability Insurance and Immunity from Lawsuits
Insurance does not necessarily affect a charity's immunity from a lawsuit brought by a beneficiary.
Liability for a Child's Drowning Death
Any swimming activity involving young children present significant risks.
Release Forms and High-Risk Activities
In some states, release forms signed by competent adults may be recognized in court.
Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability
Release form signed before a man's death prevents his family from suing.
Alleged Victims' Denial of Sexual Molestation
Court convicts man despite alleged victim's repudiation of allegation.
Parsonages and Property Tax Exemption
In some states, a parsonage is exempt even if a minister does not perform ministerial duties there.
Breach of Contract
Are Pledges Legally Enforceable?
In some cases, a financial pledge may be legally enforceable.