Who owns the cemetery attached to a church? Is it the plot holders or the church and its diocese? What happens if the church leaders decide to dissolve the church? Who receives the proceeds from a sale? Does a minister or rabbi who is fired have any rights? How are disputes within a church resolved?
Churches deal in the secular world when they do things like buy and sell land. But they also have documents that govern their internal processes. In most cases, the state and courts defer legal matters to the workings of the denomination.
At Turp, Coates, we first try to determine where the dispute belongs– in court or whether it should be handled internally. We then work with you to understand the situation and develop a resolution.
How can we help your organization?
Our church was facing a very difficult issue. Turp, Coates helped us work it through.
by Leo S.