Corporations Sole

A corporation sole consists of only one person and his successors, such as a Catholic bishop of a diocese. Therefore, a bishop would effectively take, convey, and/or encumber title in his name as bishop of the named diocese, along with his successors and assigns, as a corporation sole. CAVEAT: Litigation has resulted over church ownership of real property in many jurisdictions. These cases raise issues of ownership between individual congregations and governing church bodies as well as issues of authority to act by the individuals purporting to represent the church. Also, lawsuits by minority or dissenting interests in the church challenging transactions by the church are not unprecedented. Utmost care must be exercised to verify legal structure, ownership, governing authorities, status of title, and properly documented and certified authority when dealing with church transactions.