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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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City of Detroit severely limits short-term residential rentals

UPDATE: Multiple local media outlets are reporting that City officials will not immediately enforce the zoning ordinance pending a review by the City Law Department. We’ll be sure to provide an update once we hear more.   In a surprising move, the city of Detroit […]

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Do Religious Organizations Need to Apply for Tax Exempt Status?

One might logically assume that the Religion Clauses provide the underlying basis for why churches and religious organizations are tax-exempt. However, churches in this great nation enjoyed tax exemptions even before the First Amendment was adopted.[i] Many have challenged congressional enactments that specifically exempted church […]

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RLUIPA Land Use Trial Outcomes

Have you ever wondered how many RLUIPA land use cases have occurred since Congress unanimously passed the law (the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act) in 2000?  Are you curious about the outcomes? Recently, we were asked to provide a Court with a list […]

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Challenging the Methodist Trust Clause: Mead Community Church v. The Pacific Northwest Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

Established in the 1880’s, Mead Community Church is a small church near Spokane, Washington who desires to follow orthodox biblical theology that has been confirmed in the United Methodist Book of Discipline for the past 40 years.  Unfortunately, Mead Church is located within the Methodist […]

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