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Pensions are protected for Clergy leaving the United Methodist Church

  • February 7, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  One of the biggest issues that remain for clergy is whether their pension will follow them when they leave the United Methodist Church denomination. Wespath, the pension provided for the UMC, has three pensions and one 403(b) plan that clergy can participate in. The […]

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Will there be a General Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2021? (spoiler alert – not likely)

  • February 7, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The odds are that the General Conference for the United Methodist Church will not occur in 2021. Both conservative and progressive thought leaders believe this to be true. The Commission on the General Conference has extended at least a dozen reasons why an in person […]

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Adverse Possession – Can Someone Else Take My Property?

  • February 4, 2021
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

As land use attorneys, we receive calls from property owners who want to know about “adverse possession.” Usually, the conversation proceeds along the lines of “can my neighbor really just take my property?” Sometimes the question is “I’ve used this land for 30 years; doesn’t […]

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Slander of Title Claims Under Michigan Law

  • February 1, 2021
  • by Admin

A slander of title claim is predicated on a simple concept – protecting title to your property and punishing those that have sought to harm it through the recording of erroneous statement. The elements of slander of title are (1) the publication of a false statement and (2) doing […]

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Park and pray? Church wins preliminary injunction against City of St. Pete Beach, which attempted to forbid public parking in Church’s lot

  • January 28, 2021
  • by Emily

City’s punitive measures restricting religious exercise of Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church likely violate federal law     Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Dan Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329   St. Pete Beach, Fla.—January 27, 2021—Daniel Dalton, a religious property and land use attorney with […]

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Court affirms a Church’s use of its parking lot for Ministry

  • January 26, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

Court order allows Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church to Continue Offering Free Parking to the Public. A federal court in Tampa has entered a preliminary injunction against the City of St. Pete Beach, Florida, protecting a church’s right to keep its parking lot open to the […]

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Illinois Court Recognizes Primary Religious Purpose in Afterschool Program for Kids

  • January 7, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

By The Hand Club for Kids is an Illinois not-for-profit which provides many Chicago-area youth with a well-rounded afterschool program. The program is designed to be “Christ-centered” as well as holistic—nurturing mind, body, and soul. Despite the religious mission and values which animate everything the […]

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Zana Tomich Named a “Go-To” Business Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

  • January 4, 2021
  • by Emily

Media Contact: Barbara Fornasiero; EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466 Detroit—December 30, 2020—Zana Tomich, co-founder of Detroit-headquartered law firm Dalton & Tomich PLC, has been named a Michigan “Go-To” Lawyer for Business by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.  The publication’s “Go-To” Lawyer honor spotlights Michigan lawyers who are leaders […]

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Zoning, Land Use, and The Equal Protection Clause

  • December 31, 2020
  • by Admin

The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment provides that no State shall “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” U.S. Const. Amend. XIV § 1. The United States Supreme Court has explained that the purpose of the Equal Protection Clause […]

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Using “acquiescence” to establish boundary lines

  • December 20, 2020
  • by Admin

  Disagreements between owners of neighboring properties often arise over boundary lines. Boundary lines are usually established by getting a survey of the legal description contained in a deed. And a survey could actually prove that the line—which the owners treated as the true line—is […]

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