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Church Law & Tax Report

July/August 2014
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Feature Article

Protecting the Church's Name Member access only

Names and trademarks are good stewardship. Here's how to do it.


The Importance of Trademarks for Churches Member access only

Your ministry's goodwill and reputation are on the line.

Going Beyond the Church Name Member access only

Church content and programs also may need trademark protection.

A Church by Another Name Member access only

Legal considerations and steps for changing a church name.

Should Small Churches Worry about Protecting Names? Member access only

One small church's trademark fight with Adidas suggests yes.

What Churches Should Know about Trademarks and Website Addresses Member access only

Legal protections for domain names vary. Here's what to note.

Kentucky Court Dismisses Atheists' Challenge to Church and Clergy Tax Provisions Member access only

Conclusion: groups lacked 'standing' in order for federal case to proceed.

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church Is Liable for Molestation of Minor Member access only

Despite no prior incidents of misconduct, duty of care should have been enforced
Clergy - Discipline and Removal; Defamation; Employment Practices

Ministerial Exception Prevents Courts from Making Defamation Charges Member access only

Pastor accused by church leaders of producing pornography is unable to claim defamation in the courts
Child Abuse Reporting

Clergy-Penitent Privilege Protects Pastor Member access only

Charges of criminal failure to report child abuse were dismissed for one Michigan pastor.


Q&A: Can Ministers "Opt Out" of Obamacare? Member access only

Exploring whether or not Form 4361 exempts ministers from the Affordable Care Act.