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Key rights and potential liabilities for ordained religious leaders; counseling, penitent privilege

TennesseeTennessee

A Fired Pastor’s Defamation Suit Is Dismissed Member access only

Appeals court said the lawsuit was barred due to the “ecclesiastical abstention doctrine.”
ColoradoColorado

Pastor Denied Injunction Aimed at Stopping Online Critic Member access only

First Amendment speech protections mean a minister’s only recourse is a defamation lawsuit.
CaliforniaCalifornia

Pastor Guilty of Securities Fraud Member access only

Court sentenced pastor to nearly 25 years in prison for swindling his congregation, and others.
IndianaIndiana

Pastor’s Conversation with the Defendant Allowed in Murder Case Member access only

The trial court did not abuse its discretion by letting the pastor testify.
MichiganMichigan

Pastor Allowed to Testify at a Man’s Sexual Abuse Trial Member access only

Appeals court determined that the pastor acted in the role of a friend and the clergy-penitent privilege did not apply.
FloridaFlorida

Are Ministers Always Exempt from State-Required Counseling Licenses? Member access only

A Florida appeals court’s decision offers a rare look at the elements necessary for a licensing exemption to apply.
The Top 5 Reasons Churches and Religious Organizations End Up in Court

The Top 5 Reasons Churches and Religious Organizations End Up in Court

And how you can make sure your church isn't one of the statistics.
10 Recent Tax Developments Affecting Churches and Clergy in 2021
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10 Recent Tax Developments Affecting Churches and Clergy in 2021 Member access only

How new decisions, laws, and rules apply to tax-filing and record-keeping requirements.
Recent US Supreme Court Cases and the Church
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Recent US Supreme Court Cases and the Church

The latest updates and insights on the decisions that affect your congregation.
LouisianaLouisiana

Defendant's Meeting with Pastor Was Not for Spiritual Advice Member access only

Man accused of sexual abuse of stepdaughter not protected by clergy-penitent privilege.
MaineMaine

A Murder Confession to a Pastor Not Considered Privileged Member access only

The defendant waived clergy-penitent privilege by sharing substantial statements with others.
Supreme Court Reaffirms and Expands Ministerial Exception

Supreme Court Reaffirms and Expands Ministerial Exception Member access only

What the ruling means for churches and religious organizations.

Lead your ministry with confidence.

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