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Daniel P. Dalton recognized for excellence in land use litigation by America’s Top 100 Attorneys

Religious land use attorney Daniel P. Dalton of Dalton & Tomich, PLC has been recognized with a Lifetime Achievement selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys®. Dan is the nation’s preeminent expert in the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person Act, also known as RLUIPA. He […]

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Update on the Supreme Court’s Review of the Enforceability of Denominational Trust Clauses

As noted earlier this year, the Diocese of South Carolina asked the United States Supreme Court to review the enforceability of trust clauses.  The Supreme Court ordered the Episcopal Church to file a response, which, occurred on May 8, 2018. In addition to the response […]

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Court Clears Way for Use of Unpaid Volunteer Labor

Organizations that use volunteer labor can breathe a sigh of relief.  With the latest decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Acosta v. Cathedral Buffet, Inc., 6th Cir., Case No. 17-3427, (April 16, 2017), the Appellate Court clarified that use of unpaid labor, was […]

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Pensions and the Methodist Pastor

Moving to a Pension Plan In 2004, the United Methodist Church made a financial decision relative to the retirement benefits of Methodist clergy contrary to most other religious and private entities: it moved from a 401k retirement plan to a traditional pension plan. The New […]

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Methodist Trust Clause enforceability is a question of fact for trial, Washington Court finds

In a case pending in the Spokane, Washington Superior Court captioned Mead Community Church v. the Pacific Northwest Conference, the Court decided that the enforceability of the United Methodist Trust Clause must go to trial. The Church Established in the 1880’s, Mead Community Church is a small […]

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Texas Court invalidates denominational Trust Clause

In The Episcopal Church v. Salazar, (TX App, April 5, 2018), a Texas Court of Appeals panel issued a 178-page ruling, concluding in part, that denominational trust clauses are not enforceable.  With wide-ranging implications, and with a strong basis on the law, the Court concluded […]

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Producing Corporate Records: Not a Family Matter

Closely held family corporations are often grounds for showing the complicated nature of familial relationships.  This is on display in Hammoud v. Advent Home Medical, a recent Michigan Court of Appeals case (No. 340502) which illustrates the interplay of discord among family members, and the […]

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The Supreme Court reviews the enforceability of denominational trust clauses

One of the main items that presently hold local churches to mainline denominations is being reviewed by the United States Supreme Court, the enforceability of denominational trust clauses. The impact of the decisions of these cases on the enforceability of all trust clauses is significant […]

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The 2018 Land Use Institute, April 19-20, 2018 in Detroit, MI.

The law firm of Dalton & Tomich, PLC is proud to announce that it is partnering with the ABA Land Use Institute as a presenting sponsor for its 2018 conference at the University of Detroit School of  Law on April 19-20, 2018.  Daniel Dalton will […]

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Succession Planning: Estate Planning for Your Business

Succession planning is a process all small business leaders should undertake.  Similar to estate plans for individuals, succession plans are used to address situations where there is a death, disability, or retirement of key individuals in the company. When a company is owned by just […]

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