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RLUIPA: The Quiet Religious-Freedom Fight That Is Remaking America

There are churches all across America that have closed their doors or given up on their missions when they didn’t have to. And in many cases they did it just because they weren’t aware of a federal law that guaranteed their right to do exactly […]

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Intent of the Donor: Can a Court Order a Refund?

Churches are non-profit organizations that rely on the generosity of the public and their members, through stewardship, volunteerism, and donations in order to operate. Beyond day-to-day operations, typically churches will create a fund when raising money for a particular purpose. It seems as if every […]

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Approving a Religious Training, Resort and Convention Center: RLUIPA and the Morris Cerullo Legacy Center

On October 18, 2017, the City of San Diego City Council voted 7-2 to approve the Morris Cerullo Legacy Center (“MCWE “) in San Diego after it previously voted the month prior 5-4 to reject the proposal. In conjunction with the law firm of Galuppo […]

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Church of Our Savior dedicates its new building after RLUIPA case win

Congratulations to our client and friends at Church of Our Savior in Jacksonville Beach, Florida on the October 22, 2017 grand opening of their new Church facility. The team at Dalton & Tomich, PLC is so very honored and happy to have had the opportunity […]

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A five-step plan to protect the local Methodist church

It has been a privilege serving as legal counsel for the Wesleyan Covenant Association (the WCA).  Having been a signer of the Atlanta statement in 2014, an attender of the Chicago conference in 2016 and the Houston Conference in 2017, it is a pleasure to […]

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RLUIPA case settlement allows Minnesota church to operate tiny house as part of homeless ministry

A Minnesota church has favorably settled its RLUIPA lawsuit against the City of St. Cloud over plans to operate a tiny house to shelter a homeless person. St. John’s Episcopal Church wanted to place a 132-square-foot “tiny house” on its property to house one homeless […]

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A Charity, Nonprofit, and Tax-Exempt Entity – Are They All the Same?

  • September 20, 2017
  • by Zana Tomich
  • Category: Nonprofits

The words “charity,” “nonprofit,” and “tax-exempt” are often used interchangeably, but they are not synonymous. While a corporation can be charitable, nonprofit, and tax exempt, not all nonprofits are charitable, or tax-exempt. A nonprofit corporation is a legal entity created under state law.[1] A nonprofit […]

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City of Detroit issues guidance on how to start a food truck business

There’s no question about it: the food truck industry is booming, especially in Detroit. Despite the industry’s rapid growth and evolution, many municipalities still offer no clear guidance on how to legally operate a food truck. This lack of guidance is understandably nerve-wracking for new […]

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What if RLUIPA Doesn’t Apply to My Case?

It’s possible that RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act, will not apply to your particular religious land use case. Attorney Daniel P. Dalton of Dalton & Tomich, PLC in Detroit explains the options available to leaders of churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and […]

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What if My Zoning Request is Denied?

Religious land use attorney and author Daniel P. Dalton explains the options available to religious entities after the planning commission has denied a zoning request. This includes reviewing the zoning code to determine whether the planning commission decision is final, the appeals process and possible […]

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