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Officers, Directors, and Trustees - Part 2

A federal court in Indiana ruled that the directors of a church subsidiary could be sued individually for financial losses incurred by investors.

Key point 6-07.03. Church board members have a fiduciary duty to use reasonable care in the discharge of their duties, and they may be personally liable for damages resulting from their failure to do so.
Key point 6-07.06. Federal and state securities laws make board members personally liable for acts of fraud committed by an organization in connection with the offer or sale of securities. These laws apply to churches, and as a result church board members may be liable for fraudulent practices occurring in connection with the offer or sale of church securities.
Church Officers, Directors, and Trustees

* A federal court in Indiana ruled that the directors of a church subsidiary could be sued individually for financial losses incurred by investors in a securities scam on the basis of their breach of their fiduciary duty of care. A denomination created a subsidiary organization (the ...

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • July 1, 2005

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