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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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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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RLUIPA Mosque Case: American Islamic Community Center vs. City of Sterling Heights, Michigan

The successful RLUIPA mosque land use and zoning case involving the American Islamic Community Center in Sterling Heights, Michigan is discussed by attorney Daniel P. Dalton. Dalton is one of the nation’s most experienced attorneys in representing mosques, churches, temples and other religious institutions in […]

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What is RLUIPA? The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act

RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act is explained by Daniel P. Dalton, one of the nation’s most experienced attorneys in representing, churches, mosques, temples and other religious institutions in religious land use and zoning cases. Read more about religious land use and […]

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Opening and Running a Detroit Restaurant: 6 Legal Considerations

Detroit attorney Zana Tomich of Dalton & Tomich, PLC shares tips for restaurant entrepreneurs and others looking to open food related business in Detroit. Topics include Getting Your House in Order, Secure Your Location, Licensing and Permits, Employment Issues and Trade Names and Branding. Read […]

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How to Acquire an On-Premises Liquor License

In Michigan, restaurants, bars, and other establishment that sell liquor are regulated by state and local agencies. Like most states, Michigan created its liquor control commission after prohibition ended in 1933. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (“MLCC”) regulates liquor licenses in the state, distributes new […]

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Tiny Houses and Religious Land Use

  • May 25, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

Recently, the Detroit News and the Nashville Tennessean profiled the recent phenomenon of tiny houses that are being built for the homeless population by religious institutions in Detroit, Michigan and Nashville, Tennessee. Built at a fraction of the cost of a new home, and primarily […]

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3 things to know about the United Methodist Church trust clause

While many local congregations within the United Methodist Church have reached the decision point that they can no longer be a part of the denomination, the question they are asking is whether they can leave and retain ownership of their real and personal property. The […]

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Are Unpaid Interns Legal?

As  summer approaches, the season of interns is also on the horizon. While college students comprise of the typical intern class, many recent graduates, or students in post-graduate programs who are finding the job market competitive, offer to work as unpaid interns to gain experience […]

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