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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Legal Briefs

Volume 1 . Chapter 4

While ministers continue to enjoy a few legal privileges because of their status, they are treated no differently than other citizens for purposes of most laws and regulations. As a result, they can be sued, and they are subject to government regulations. The more common forms of legal liability, and several important regulatory requirements, addressed fully in this chapter include:

Negligence—Negligence is conduct that creates an unreasonable and foreseeable risk of harm to another person that results in injury. Negligent conduct need not be intentional. It may consist either of a specific act or failure to act. It may be helpful to think of negligence as carelessness.

Defamation—Defamation involves injury to another's reputation ...

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