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Selling the Successful Small Business: 7 Things To Do To Prepare For The Sale

As a small business owner and business lawyer at Dalton & Tomich, PLC, I can attest that owning and running a small business is not for the faint at heart.  Selling one isn’t either. Selling a small business is not something one can do on […]

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When Should We Get a Religious Land Use Lawyer Involved?

Churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and other religious institutions can often resolve religious land use and zoning matters without having to file a lawsuit or set foot in a courtroom. This is especially true when a religious land use and zoning attorney is involved early on. […]

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Why We Fight for Religious Liberty

I just read attorney Luke Goodrich’s excellent new book entitled Free to Believe:  The Battle Over Religious Liberty in America. Because we have the privilege at Dalton & Tomich of being on the front lines of that battle, I read the book with great interest. […]

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What Types of Religious Organizations Does RLUIPA Protect?

Attorney Noel Sterett has had the privilege of helping all types of religious organizations across the country with their zoning and land use matters. In that time, he has discovered that many houses of worship and other religious entities are not aware of the rights […]

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Trial Court vs. Appellate Court: What is the Difference?

Appellate courts differ from trial courts in several very important ways. Attorney Noel Sterett explains the differences. For example, he covers how the role of judges and juries differs between trial and appellate courts, how evidence is utilized in each and the purpose of a […]

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How Do We Handle Public Relations in the Case of a Lawsuit?

Attorney Noel Sterett believes it is important for parties involved in a lawsuit to understand and consider how to handle public relations during the case. In this video, Noel shares some of the recommendations he often relays to his own clients, many of which have […]

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Four Things to Know About Illinois Zoning

In Illinois, zoning has become one of the most important considerations for any business or organization with plans to relocate, expand or develop a property. In this video, Illinois land use and zoning attorney Noel Sterett shares four things that everyone needs to know about […]

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Larry Opalewski Speaks at Local High School

On Friday, November 22, senior associate Larry Opalewski had the opportunity to speak to a group of high school students at Troy High School as part of Troy High’s Law and Law Enforcement career day. Larry appeared on a panel with other attorneys and a […]

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RLUIPA Protects Homeless Shelters within Churches – Our latest case in Kansas

Today we filed suit on behalf of Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church against the City of Lenexa, Kansas, who, has used zoning to deny the Church the ability to use its building to serve the homeless in Johnson County, Kansas. At its heart, this case […]

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Imagine yourself having just purchased a house. You and your family are excited, stressed, and eager all at the same time. You move all of your belongings into your new home and begin to settle in. A couple of months go by, the snow melts, […]

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