REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION
Protecting a property owner's right to sell its property
A small but growing church congregation voted to sell the church property and build a larger, more modern facility nearby. A small group of current and former church members opposed to the sale sued to stop it. They claimed that the deed by which the church had acquired the property prohibited a sale to anyone other than a Protestant evangelical church.
In an eight-day trial, Socius convinced the trial court to permit the property sale notwithstanding the deed restriction, a decision upheld on appeal.