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Michigan Supreme Court Eases Requirements to Appeal Land Use Decisions

Successfully appealing a municipal land use decision in Michigan is notoriously difficult. First, one must qualify as an “aggrieved party.” Separate from traditional notions of standing, “aggrieved party” status has been narrowed by the courts to encompass only a small group of potential parties. Second, […]

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Michigan Employers: Create Separate Agreement to Arbitrate, Non-Compete, and Non-Disclosure Contracts if Your Employee Handbook Contains a Contractual Disclaimer

Michigan employers should create and use employee handbooks. Handbooks provide employees with important information about the company and its customs, rules, culture and benefits for employees. Handbooks create clarity for employees and can provide certain protections for employers. But realizing these and other benefits isn’t […]

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Easements by Necessity, Do Michigan Courts Require Additional Steps when Purposed for Access to Utilities?

A recent unpublished opinion by the Michigan Court of Appeals, Burns v. Romaya,brings to light an issue to be aware of when encountering an easement for utility access under the law of necessity. Generally speaking, utility easements are quite common and permit the entry or […]

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Buying a Business in Michigan: Is an Asset or Stock Sale Right for You?

Warren Buffett famously said: “Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.” With inflation, declining GDP growth and volatile markets, there’s a lot of fear out there right now. And that means there are entrepreneurs and investors who are heeding Buffett’s […]

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Dalton & Tomich attorneys receive 2022 Michigan Super Lawyer and Rising Star recognition

  • August 15, 2022
  • by Admin
  • Category: Firm News

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications;; 248.260.8466 Detroit—August 12, 2022—Land use, religious land use and zoning, business, and denominational trust law firm Dalton & Tomich is pleased to announce two firm attorneys have been named to the 2022 Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. […]

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Religious Organizations Must Review Their Employment Policies and Job Descriptions After Recent Court Decision

Most churches, religious schools and ministries make employment decisions according to sincerely held religious beliefs or a set of religious standards. They seek to hire employees that share the organization’s beliefs and are willing to abide by the organization’s standards. When an employee abandons those […]

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Dalton & Tomich secures $145,000 and building permit for the Church at Jackson in federal suit against Hinds County, Mississippi

In violation of the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), the county had denied the church permission to build and worship on its six-acre parcel of land Detroit—-July 18, 2022—Dalton & Tomich, a firm nationally known for protecting the legal rights of religious […]

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Dos, Don’ts, and 7 Common Sources of Funding for Small Businesses in Michigan

As inflation soars and economic growth slows, more Michigan small businesses may be looking to secure outside funding to keep their business operations humming. The process of identifying and securing funding, however, can be intimidating and costly if mistakes are made. There are many funding […]

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What is an Exclusive Easement?

  • July 7, 2022
  • by Lawrence Opalewski
  • Category: Firm News

In recent years, there have been many Michigan Court of Appeals decisions dealing with easements. Often, the dispute arises due to poor drafting of the initial easement document. When the easement document is ambiguous, and the parties cannot agree to a resolution, it is left […]

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Navigating the Crypto Crisis

I recently commented on the threat to cryptocurrency owners if their exchange files for bankruptcy protection.  Needless worry?  Recent headlines suggest the answer is NO. Nearly four months have now passed in the 180-day period given to federal agencies in a March 2022 executive order […]

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