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Church Property Disputes/Denominational Splits

Waiting on the August 2021 UMC General Conference – are you wondering what the annual conferences are doing during this time?

  • August 9, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The Annual Conferences are now in the process of trying to figure out which local Churches are likely to stay, which ones wish to leave and which ones they can close and take their assets to build up their financials. The donations to the denomination […]

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The Congregational Nature of the United Methodist Church

  • June 30, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  The United Methodist Church itself was formed when the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged in 1968.[i] The new denomination created a structure whereby The United Methodist Church itself is not a legal entity, the denomination has no leader, and self-describes […]

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How did we get to the point that separation is the only way forward for the United Methodist Church?

  • June 30, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

How is it that the second largest protestant denomination has gotten to the point that nearly all agree that separation is the only path?[i]  How has the United Methodist Church lost nearly half of its 12 million members it had in the United States since […]

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South Carolina Court Hands Local Churches Another Win Over Denominational Trust Clause Claims

  • June 23, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

All across the country, local congregations are deciding to leave their denominations and take the necessary steps to keep their properties. There is an increasing number of congregations seeking to leave the United Methodist Church, Episcopal Church, and Reformed Church of America. And while some […]

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Protestant denominational splits continue as churches make plans to separate from Reformed Church in America and Christian Reform Church

  • June 18, 2020
  • by Emily

Religious property attorney outlines key legal areas of contention in separations Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—June 18, 2020—Daniel P. Dalton, a religious property attorney, co-founder of Detroit-based Dalton + Tomich,and author of an eBook about protocols for […]

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Local Churches Prevail over Denominational Trust Clause Claims

  • May 25, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

For those following the issues of enforceability of the Methodist and Reformed Church claims of trust over property, the Texas Supreme Court issued and opinion on May 22,2020 striking a blow to denominations and freeing local congregations who wish to retain their property and leave […]

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An Update on Hobbs Chapel: The local church sues the annual conference for a Temporary Restraining Order and Remains Open

  • April 19, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Hobbs Chapel United Methodist Church (“Hobbs Chapel”) began worshiping on its property in 1891. Its members have been the sole owner of land, the sole developer of buildings, the sole resource for financing all the real and personal property located at 3024 State Highway 177, […]

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Noel W. Sterett named a partner at Dalton & Tomich

  • March 4, 2020
  • by Emily

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus   Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—March 4, 2020—Daniel Dalton and Zana Tomich, co-founders of Detroit-based land use and business law firm Dalton + Tomich,are pleased to announce attorney Noel W. Sterett has been named a partner. Based in […]

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The 10 things to know about the Separation Protocol of the United Methodist Church

  • March 1, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

On February 27, 2020, the UMC African Initiative issued a press release indicating that the clergy and lay leadership of the three Central Conferences of the United Methodist Church met in South Africa and voted to support the Separation Protocol legislation with three relatively minor […]

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Beyond the collection basket: religious property attorney looks at financial implications of staying with – or separating from – the United Methodist Church

  • February 21, 2020
  • by Emily

Plus, commercial real estate considerations of prime church properties Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus   Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—February 20, 2020—Daniel P. Dalton, a religious property attorney, co-founder of Detroit-based Dalton + Tomich,and author of a new eBook about protocols for the […]

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