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Church Law & Tax Report

January/February 2008
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Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
North Carolina
Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Church Members Sue for Breach of Fiduciary Duties Member access only

Court rules that the First Amendment bars it from resolving the complaint.
Church Members; Confidential and Privileged Communications; Counseling; Malpractice

Woman Sues Pastor for Divulging Confidential Information Member access only

Court rules that the First Amendment prevents it from resolving case.
Church Property

Church Disaffiliation Property Dispute Member access only

Court rules that national church holds title to local church’s property.
Child Abuse Reporting; Clergy - Removal

The First Amendment and Church Employment Disputes Member access only

Courts are generally barred from resolving ministers’ employment claims.
Child Abuse Reporting; Clergy - Removal

Former Director of Evangelization Sues Diocese for Wrongful Termination Member access only

Courts generally cannot resolve church employment disputes.
Child Abuse Reporting

School Not Liable for Teacher's Molestation of Student Member access only

Court rules that the school lacked sufficient evidence to intervene.


Q&A: Should Permission Slips Notarized? Member access only

It is a good idea to check with a few local youth organizations and public schools to what method they use to authenticate signatures.