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Church Law & Tax Report

March/April 1996
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Texas Statute Imposes Liability on Some Ministers and Churches Member access only

Focus is on cases of sexual misconduct.

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar

Harsher Penalties for Church Property Vandals Member access only

Court rules Florida law is acceptable.

Churches as Historical Landmarks Member access only

Ordinances barring church modifications may be unconstitutional.

House Churches and Property Tax Exemptions Member access only

Court rules house church not tax exempt.

Defining 'Works Made for Hire' Member access only

Court addresses ownership of employee-made works.

Legal Liability of Denominations Member access only

Recent ruling favors denominations in disputes regarding liability.

Denominational Control Does Not Equal Legal Liability Member access only

An Ohio court makes an important ruling.

Religious Employers and Civil Courts Member access only

Courts can resolve lawsuits against religious employers if no interpretation of religious doctrine is involved.

Church Wins Bus Leasing Case Member access only

Court rules in favor of church seeking to rent public school buses for educational event.

Psychologist Loses License for Religious Counseling Member access only

Patient was demon possessed, psychologist said.

Insurance Claims in Molestation Cases Member access only

Time period of molestation can determine number of occurrences for insurance claims.

Legal Recognition of Release Forms Member access only

Some states will recognize these forms, though not always.

Homeschool Teacher Requirement Unconstitutional, Court Rules Member access only

Michigan law required homeschoolers to have state certified teachers.

Student Admission at Religious Schools Member access only

Court says it cannot get involved in dispute.

Wrestling' Argument Not Enough to Clear Molestation Charges Member access only

What church leaders should know about recent case.

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers Member access only

Statute of limitations can prevent cases from going to court.

Sexual Misconduct and Fraudulent Concealment Member access only

In certain cases, the statute of limitations may not apply.

The Importance of the Statute of Limitations Member access only

Recent case illustrates power of statute of limitations.

Exemption from Social Security Member access only

Ministers may be exempt only if they meet many requirements.

Property Tax and Special Assessments Member access only

Churches may be exempt from one and pay the other.

Religious Radio Station Tax Exempt Member access only

Court rules in favor of property tax exemption request.

Income Tax on Gift Shop Items Member access only

Depending on the merchandise, a tax may be required.
Charitable Contributions

Wills, Trusts, and Estates Member access only

Some documents may be invalid if donor was under 'undue influence.'

Zoning Variances for Churches Member access only

Court rules zoning board needs to attempt to accommodate zoning requests.
New York
Church Property

NY Church Property Law Legal Member access only

Court validates law requiring notice about sale, mortgage, or lease of church property.