Church Law & Tax Report

March/April 2013
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Feature Article

When Two Churches Become One

When Two Churches Become One Member access only

The legal ins and outs of church mergers, acquisitions, and donations/dissolutions.

Articles

Diagnostic Criteria for Pedophilia Redefined

Diagnostic Criteria for Pedophilia Redefined Member access only

Why churches must understand the severe nature of a pedophile's offenses.
Sample Corporate Transition Checklist

Sample Corporate Transition Checklist Member access only

This checklist outlines the details of a corporate merger.
Tracking Expenses—Why Churches Must Do Better

Tracking Expenses—Why Churches Must Do Better Member access only

Inadequate records can prove costly for pastors and leaders.
Unpacking the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

Unpacking the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Member access only

What churches must know about the last-minute 'fiscal cliff' deal.

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Iowa
Arbitration

Arbitration of Disputes Member access only

Arbitration is a potential way to resolve church disputes without going to the civil courts.
New Mexico
Defamation

Defamation and Proof of Injury to Reputation Member access only

Injury to reputation is not always presumed in cases of false accusations.
Georgia
Defamation

Defamation in Church Business Meetings Member access only

Courts can resolve defamation claims that do not involve interpretation of religious doctrine.
Federal
Privacy

Inspection of Church Membership Lists Member access only

When is a church required to turn over its membership list for inspection?
Florida
Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Removal of Church Board Members Member access only

If a church neglects to address an issue in its governing documents, state nonprofit corporation law will provide the answer.
What Are My Legal Duties for a Marriage Ceremony?

What Are My Legal Duties for a Marriage Ceremony? Member access only

This eight-point checklist keeps the basics straight for pastors.

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The 4 Hour Legal Training Program for Church Boards

The 4 Hour Legal Training Program for Church Boards Member access only

Understand key legal concepts necessary to protect the board and the church.
Setting a Pastor's Pay

Setting a Pastor's Pay Member access only

Richard Hammar explains legal and tax matters for planning a pastor's compensation.