The Trustees are the link between the Presbytery and civil law. If legal representation is necessary, the Trustees employ counsel. They are the agency that signs contracts of all kinds on behalf of the Presbytery, including providing for a space and services for the Presbytery offices, and managing all property owned by the Presbytery. The Trustees also have responsibilities for Presbytery financial matters, including employment of an auditor, managing the various invested funds, monitoring the expenditures of Presbytery and its budget, and approving loans of Presbytery funds to churches. The Book of Order requires the approval of Presbytery when churches seek to purchase, lease, or encumber real property, or to sell any real property, and the Trustees are the body that receives such requests, ensures they are appropriate and in compliance with legal and Book of Order requirements, and recommends them to Presbytery for its approval.