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PROPHECY BY CONTRACT

It is a little known fact that contracts without temporal limitations will often not fit the situation after the passage of time.  A church that enters into a contract to avoid a legal dispute but does not limit the scope of the contract may have to buy out the contract to meet a future need.  264 more words

INJURY CLAIMS BY MEMBERS - HAUNTED STAIRS

Lifetime members of the church, the people least expected, will sometimes sue their church due to an injury.  The church with adequate insurance will, out of sympathy, often encourage it. 183 more words

THE SWING SET OF TERROR

A tragic injury to a child on the church playground will test the church insurance policy and the character of a court.  Courts that will abandon the law in favor of a result are dangerous places.  360 more words

CHURCH SIGN WARS

Church signs are still important although their usefulness is quickly fading in the shadow of social media and GPS.  Often a motorist that passes a church sign often enough will develop a relationship with the church just by reading the sign often enough.  354 more words

THE CHICKEN DID IT

A church sometimes will be held to the same standard as a profit making commercial property in bodily injury claims.  This is somewhat unfair because a church is typically led by a group of volunteers and one or only a few professionals, all of the latter of which are pastoral in training and outlook. 390 more words

PAPERWORK TRAPS IN TITLE AND DEEDS

Title and deeds should be carefully crafted.  Obtaining the services of an actual title or real estate lawyer is not too high a price to pay.  263 more words

Turning Out the Lights

The case of In Re Glass & Garden Drive-in Church, Slip Op. (Ariz. App. 2016)(not for publication) is interesting because the church was trying to wind down its existence and allow, rather than resist, a denominational takeover (interestingly enough called “suppression”) because of inadequate membership growth, inadequate revenue growth, and property costs that were too much to carry.  246 more words