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Religious Land Use & the Church: Client Testimonial and Virtual Roundtable series

Church Law & Tax is a leading resource for church leaders looking for guidance on legal and tax issues affecting religious institutions. Recently, Dalton & Tomich attorney Noel Sterett worked with Church Law & Tax to put together a series of videos to help pastors […]

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Expect the Unexpected: Key Issues to Consider for a Buy-Sell Agreement in Michigan

It’s one of the questions that new business partners most commonly overlook: What happens when one of the owners leaves the business?For example, let’s assume that two people open a restaurant together. Ten years later, one of the owners becomes disabled and can no longer […]

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Where is Michigan’s Ordinary High Water Mark?

  • October 14, 2021
  • by Lawrence Opalewski
  • Category: Firm News

If you own property on one of Michigan’s Great Lakes, you’ve likely heard the term “ordinary high water mark.” In fact, many potential clients call and ask how to identify their ordinary high water mark (“OHWM”). This leads to the question of how to identify […]

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Court Rules Against Public University’s Vaccine Mandate for Athletes

Western Michigan University has sought to impose a vaccine mandate on its athletes. Sixteen athletes sued the University in federal court after they were denied a religious exemption and excluded from team activities. The athletes argued that the University had violated their rights under the […]

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Dalton & Tomich wins injunction against Hinds County, Mississippi on behalf of The Church at Jackson

County’s zoning ordinance violates Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Noel Sterett; nsterett@daltontomich.com; 815.997.7221 Detroit—-September 27, 2021—National law firm Dalton & Tomich announced it has won an injunction on behalf of the Church at Jackson […]

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Is the Easement in Gross?

  • September 24, 2021
  • by Lawrence Opalewski
  • Category: Firm News

An easement is the right to use someone else’s property for a certain purpose. In Michigan, easements are often given to provide access to one of Michigan’s many beautiful lakes. When these easements are drafted, they usually state that they “run with the land.” In […]

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Top Five Tactics Bishops use to delay a local Methodist Church from voting on disaffiliation

When churches try to vote to leave the United Methodist Church many Bishops will try to postpone the church vote. In this video, Dan Dalton, discusses the top five tactics Bishops use to delay a local Methodist Church from voting on disaffiliation. We hope you […]

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Three strategies used by Bishops to close local Methodist churches

The warning signs are there but churches don’t even realize it. In this video, Dan Dalton discusses the three strategies Bishops use to close churches. We hope you found this video helpful. If you have questions or want to explore legal counsel, please contact Daniel Dalton, […]

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Defining and cleaning up membership within a local UMC prior to disaffiliation

One thing a number of churches forget to do is audit their membership role. In this video, Dan Dalton discusses how members of a church are decided and why it is important that churches clean up their membership list prior to voting on leaving the […]

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Religious liberty attorney: employees seeking dubious religious exemptions from vaccine mandates may increase public and judicial skepticism of sincere religious exemption claims in the future

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Dan Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Rockford, Ill. —September 16, 2021—Noel Sterett, a religious freedom attorney with national law firm Dalton & Tomich, has spent nearly 15 years fighting for religious liberty in courts across the country. He has […]

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