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Church Law & Tax Report

January/February 2014
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Feature Article

10 Key Points from the Housing Allowance Ruling

10 Key Points from the Housing Allowance Ruling

What churches and clergy must know now about the decision in Wisconsin.

Articles

Message Sent: Liability May Exist for Senders of Texts

Message Sent: Liability May Exist for Senders of Texts Member access only

A startling ruling underscores the importance of cell phone policies for churches.

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Nebraska
Marriage

Marriage License Never Returned to County Clerk; Marriage Still Valid Member access only

Court ruled a 26-year-marriage valid because the existence of marriage was provable without official record.
Indiana
Church Property

Document Stating Affiliated-Denomination Properties Were Owned by Denomination Is Not Enforceable Member access only

Indiana Supreme Court says PCUSA trust law clashed with Indiana trust law, gives ownership of church building to local church.
New York
Church Business Meetings

Meeting to Fire Pastor Was Invalid Member access only

New York Court ruled that a church meeting requiring two-thirds vote to terminate pastor’s employment didn't give church members full notice of meeting; it was therefore invalid.

Q&A

Q&A: Is Parental Consent Needed for Children on Church Videos?

Q&A: Is Parental Consent Needed for Children on Church Videos? Member access only

Seven things church leaders should note on this evolving area of law.