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.
Members - Discipline

Woman Sues Pastor for Divulging Confidential Information Member access only

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

Church Disaffiliation Property Dispute Member access only

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

The First Amendment and Church Employment Disputes Member access only

Courts are generally barred from resolving ministers’ employment claims.
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.



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Medical Emergency Preparation

Medical Emergency Preparation  Member access only

Is your church ready for a medical emergency?
Essential Guide to Liabilities and Duties for Church Boards

Essential Guide to Liabilities and Duties for Church Boards Member access only

Be aware of ways you can expose yourself to personal legal liability.