Sometimes a temple may run into legal problems that confuse a lot of people as they are not lawyers. The first thing is to examine whether there is a legal problem and if so how serious it is. At that stage it is worth asking for help from QSA.

We have lawyers in QSA who can help defining the problem and suggesting cost effective simple solutions. This way the temple can save money and the time of people who would otherwise have to worry too much.

If really necessary QSA can advise the temple to retain a solicitor. Lay persons and the Sangha need not get into debates on legal matters they are not familiar with; on a point of controversy you can consult QSA. This will help to maintain a cordial atmosphere within the organisation..

Many temple groups have wasted too much energy in writing constitutions. There are easy ways of doing this. Some have been very effective. For example the Buddhist Education Services for Schools Inc (BESS) wrote its constitution virtually in one meeting. The Sri Lanka Buddhist Monastery (Brisbane) had its constitution finalised in two meetings. In both cases advice from a lawyer was available free of charge.

In day to day matters, in building contracts, purchase of properties, and in other matters it is necessary to seek advice before things get complicated.

The law relating to the protection of children is very important here in Australia. In Queensland blue cards are issued to people who need to work with children. Temples need to ensure that they function according to law in this regard. Penalties can be heavy.

If help is needed you are welcome to contact QSA. Please see the contacts page for the email address.