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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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What is a Conditional Use Permit?

Attorney and author Daniel P. Dalton explains the different types of land uses that leaders of churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other entities may encounter in religious land use cases. Dalton answers the common question “What is a conditional use permit?” and also addresses permitted […]

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Dan Dalton quoted in Washington Post on interplay between RLUIPA and eminent domain

Dalton & Tomich PLC founding attorney Dan Dalton was recently quoted in a Washington Post article about a religious land use dispute in Pennsylvania. The dispute involves a piece of property in Lancaster County that is owned by a group of Catholic nuns who are […]

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The Cost of RLUIPA: The Time and Expenses of a Typical Religious Land Use Case

Nationally recognized religious land use attorney and author Daniel P. Dalton answers one of the most common questions he receives from prospective clients: How much time and money will this cost? Dan discusses parameters for timelines and costs in cases involving the Religious Land Use […]

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Operating a Food Truck in Detroit and Other Michigan Cities

In this video, Detroit attorney Katharine Brink Harrison offers five tips for anyone interested in operating and running a food truck in Detroit or elsewhere in Michigan. Kate discusses choosing the right legal entity for your food truck, inconsistencies in municipal food truck regulations, licensing […]

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How to Obtain a Liquor License in Detroit

In this video, attorney Zana Tomich of Dalton & Tomich, PLC helps restaurant and bar owners understand the steps to getting a Class C on premises liquor license in the City of Detroit, where such licenses are in short supply and high demand. She discusses […]

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What are Denominational Trust Clauses? Can They be Challenged?

In this video, nationally recognized religious law expert Daniel P. Dalton of Dalton & Tomich, PLC discusses denominational trust clauses. Dalton explains what these clauses are, how they relate to church property and how they can be challenged in property disputes resulting from a church […]

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