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Church Law & Tax Report

November/December 2008
Articles with a Member Access Only are available only to members.

Feature Article

Could a Church Board Member Be Sued for Mismanaging The Church's Money?

Could a Church Board Member Be Sued for Mismanaging The Church's Money? Member access only

Understanding the fiduciary duty of care and its liability on officers, directors, and trustees.


Sharing Ministry Space Member access only

How to protect your church while others use the premises.
Removing Disruptive Individuals

Removing Disruptive Individuals Member access only

What to do with unwelcome visitors.

The New 403(b) Regulations Member access only

Impact on church retirement.

Reversionary Clauses in Deeds: A Checklist Member access only

Ten items to understand about your deed.

Substantiation of Charitable Contributions Member access only

How church treasurers can comply with the rules.

Recent Developments

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

Enforcing a Charitable Trust Member access only

Court rules that a potential beneficiary to a charitable trust lack the legal authority to enforce the trust.
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Woman Sues Church for Injury Sustained at Family Retreat Member access only

Court ruled that the church had adequately warned of the risk of injury.
Sexual Harassment; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

National Church Not Liable for Missionary's Molestation of a Minor Member access only

Churches liable for employees' misdeeds if they were negligent in selecting, retaining or supervising staff members.
Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment: Church Could Be Liable for Youth Pastor's Actions Member access only

A sexual harassment policy is essential for any church.


Q&A: Is Educational Assistance to Our Pastor Nontaxable? Member access only

Your pastor can exclude up to $5,250 of assistance benefits paid by the church each year under an educational assistance program.