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The Clergyman's Hand-book of Law, written by Charles M. Scanlan, is an indispensable guide for any clergyman seeking clarity on legal matters related to their vocation. This concise yet comprehensive manual covers a broad range of legal topics specifically tailored to the needs of clergy members.

Scanlan's expertise as an attorney and his intimate understanding of the challenges faced by clergymen are evident throughout the book. He begins by discussing the constitutional rights and privileges afforded to clergymen, assuaging any concerns they may have regarding their religious freedoms. The author's ability to explain complex legal concepts in a concise and easily understandable manner is commendable.

The book then progresses to practical matters that clergymen encounter throughout their careers. It provides extensive advice on contractual matters and employment law, such as negotiating terms of employment, handling disputes, and understanding the complexities of tax laws that affect ministers. These sections are particularly valuable for young clergymen who are embarking on their careers and may be unfamiliar with legal procedures.

Additionally, the Clergyman's Hand-book of Law delves into property and mortgage law, something that clergymen often encounter when managing the affairs of their church or religious institution. Scanlan's expertise shines through as he succinctly explains the various legal aspects related to property ownership, zoning regulations, and even the acquisition or sale of church properties.

The book doesn't limit itself to individual clergymen but also assists religious communities by delving into the nuances of nonprofit organization law. This portion offers guidance on tax-exempt status, charitable contributions, and compliance with relevant regulations. Scanlan displays a thorough understanding of the legal framework surrounding religious organizations, providing readers with the valuable information they need to effectively navigate these areas.

Though the Clergyman's Hand-book of Law is a comprehensive guide, it is not without its limitations. Some readers with a more in-depth understanding of law may find certain sections to be overly simplified or lacking in depth. While the author's aim is to keep the content accessible to clergy members of varying legal knowledge, it would have been beneficial to include advanced topics to cater to a wider audience.

Additionally, it would have been helpful if the book included practical examples or case studies that illustrate how the legal principles discussed are applied in real-life situations. This would provide readers with a better grasp of the material and help them understand the potential consequences of legal missteps.

Overall, The Clergyman's Hand-book of Law is an invaluable resource for clergymen seeking legal guidance tailored to their unique profession. Charles M. Scanlan accomplishes his goal of providing clear and concise information, making it accessible even to those with limited legal knowledge. Despite a few minor drawbacks, this book is an essential addition to any clergyman's library and a commendable effort in simplifying the often complex realm of law for religious professionals.

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The Clergyman's Hand book of Law

The Law of Church and Grave


Charles M. Scanlan, LL.B.

Author of "Scanlan's Rules of Order," "Law of Fraternities," "Law of Hotels," etc.

New York, Cincinnati, Chicago

Benziger Brothers



Imprimatur Preface Chapter I. Introduction Chapter II. What Is A Church? Chapter III. Constitutional Law Chapter IV. Statutory Law Chapter V. Unincorporated Church Societies Chapter VI. Incorporated Religious Societies Chapter VII. Superior Authority Chapter VIII. Inferior Authority Chapter IX. Membership Chapter X. Heresy And Secession Chapter XI. Excommunication Chapter XII. Elections Chapter XIII. Officers Chapter XIV. Meetings Chapter XV. Church Records Chapter XVI. Church Tribunals Chapter XVII. State Courts Chapter XVIII. Evidence Chapter XIX. Contracts Chapter XX. Pews Chapter XXI. Property Chapter XXII. Religious Services Chapter XXIII. Bequests, Devises, And Gifts Chapter XXIV. Taxation Chapter XXV. Eleemosynary Institutions Chapter XXVI. Schools Chapter XXVII. Parent And Child Chapter XXVIII... Continue reading book >>

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