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Church Law & Tax Report

March/April 2010
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Feature Article

Call to Order Subscriber access only


Is Preaching About Homosexuality a Hate Crime? Subscriber access only

Limitations of the new Hate Crimes Act.

Thinking of Buying a House? Subscriber access only

Modified homebuyer credit may make now the best time for pastors to make a move.

Will Ministers Lose Tax-Exempt Housing Benefits? Subscriber access only

Longstanding law challenged in federal court case.

Notable Quotes Subscriber access only

Recent Developments

Recent Developments

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

Church Finance Disputes Subscriber access only

Court rules that it cannot resolve a claim relating to a church's financial expenditures.

Defamation Via Email Subscriber access only

Think before you "send."

False Accusations Subscriber access only

Court rules that a priest cannot sue men who accused him of sexually molesting them.

Malicious Statements Subscriber access only

Court rules that committee's statements are protected by "qualified privilege."
Confidential and Privileged Communications

Expectation of Secrecy Subscriber access only

Court rules that murderer waived his right to the privilege.

Legal Marriage Requirements Subscriber access only

Couples united in "religious ceremonies" are not lawfully married.
New Jersey

Invasion of Privacy Subscriber access only

Court rules that school's sale of a recorded school play does not invade students' privacy.
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Probation Conditions for Sex Offenders at Church Subscriber access only

Check the probation arrangements of offenders who attend your church.
Confidential and Privileged Communications

Confidentiality During Spiritual Counsel Subscriber access only

Only statements made in the course of seeking spiritual counsel are protected by the privilege.
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Responding to a Disruption During a Service Subscriber access only

Court says church isn't liable for restraining woman.
New York
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Liability for Playground Injuries Subscriber access only

What churches can learn from ruling involving a school.
Tax Calendar

Tax Calendar

Important deadlines for churches and ministers



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Avoiding Church Lawsuits

Avoiding Church Lawsuits Subscriber access only

Create proactive procedures to avoid common reasons why churches most often go to court.
12 Law & Tax Guidelines for New Ministers

12 Law & Tax Guidelines for New Ministers Subscriber access only

Essential knowledge to ensure legal and financial clarity and integrity in ministry.