Department of Religious Orders

Balter, Guth, Aloni & Co.'s Department of the Religious Orders represents a long list of Churches and Christian institutions and provides legal support to a wide variety of activities. Over decades of expertise we have gained rich experience in the fields and specific concerns and activities of religious institutions in Israel, and made fruitful working relations and close contacts with relevant Government authorities. Our customers enjoy full professional advice in aspects of taxation, labor, planning and construction and general needs of the institution, a cooperative multi-departmental.

We believe that the legal service of Christian institutions, who live in our country and who also derive from the moral obligation which appears in the Bible - "live and live with you in your land, do not gentle with him. As a citizen you'll have strangers that sojourn with you and love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt, I am the Lord your God "- Leviticus, Jet, lag-LED.

Department Staff

Advocate David Botesazan, a partner in the firm, who holds an LLM from the Hebrew University, has been providing legal services to religious institutions and Christians since 1993. Advocate Botesazan is an expert in the law of religious orders which provides litigation in the courts, as well as director of the transactions and projects especially for the largest parade ground in Israel and abroad. Under his management, the Department provides customers with specific expertise in religious institutions, who maintain close cooperation with various ministry departments to provide comprehensive solutions to the complex needs of the institution.

Operations and Customers

The Department provides legal services to a long list of daily religious institutions in Israel amongst the largest in the world, including the Vatican's representative in Israel, Custody da Terra, and churches and monasteries, and many more. Regulatory issues and emphasis on any specific legal provisions applicable to the Christian religious institutions, including the provisions of Turkish and international treaties.

Clients are provided legal and professional solutions to all activities relating to religious institutions in Israel, including the promotion of construction projects, preparation of special tax arrangements, and legal proceedings to protect the land. The unique solutions we provide are based on the rich knowledge and familiarity with the field, close cooperation between the departments of the Ministry, as well as working relationships are excellent that we have developed over the years with the relevant authorities (Department of Christian Communities in the Ministry of Religious Affairs\Prime Minister's Office, departments of taxation uniqueness, Tax Authorities and the International Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the relevant departments of local Government).

Key Practice Areas

Preservation and handling of the assets of the institutions:

  • Asset surveys: Locating assets, examining their rights, the nature of the registration and the planning situation concerning them.
  • Preventing damage to real estate: taking a range of actions in order to identify the assets of the church rights violations (by way of expropriation or damage the building plans, etc.), to revoke or at least receive compensation for the injury.
  • Assistance in asset management: Filing evacuation, claims to increase rents, checking leased and the like.
  • Edit Transactions: Providing comprehensive legal support in transactions in the assets of religious institutions.

Taxation religious institutions

Our office is working in this field for more tax breaks and privileges to religious institutions in all areas of activity, such as local authorities, tax payments, income tax payments and payments for real estate transaction..

Legal personality

Accreditation of religious institutions legal personality according to Israeli law, in a manner that would allow religious institutions (which have been incorporated as such in accordance with religious law), legal action valid and recognized in all sectors of Israeli law.