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

  • August 18, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

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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7 Things to Be Aware of When Closing a Church

  • October 16, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

Some are estimating that 1 in 5 churches will not survive the pandemic and will close for good over the next 18 months. COVID-19 shutdowns have placed a heavy strain on pastors, congregations, and their finances. Many churches have had to dig deep just to […]

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Church and Politics: Avoiding Traps and Pitfalls

  • October 14, 2020
  • by Sorin Leahu

This past year has proved to be a trying time for churches. With the emergence of COVID-19, churches have had to adapt to online meetings and outdoor services while continuing to care for congregations that need spiritual guidance more than ever. Adding to these difficulties […]

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The legal issues involved hosting Church at a private home

  • October 2, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

In certain parts of the country, like California, large religious assemblies are still prohibited. As a result, many religious groups are encouraging their members to continue meeting in smaller numbers in their homes. All across the country, people are hosting small prayer gatherings, worship services, […]

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Attorney Sorin A. Leahu joins Dalton & Tomich

  • October 1, 2020
  • by Emily

Detroit —October 1, 2020—Daniel Dalton and Zana Tomich, co-founders of Detroit-based land use, business, and denominational trust law firm Dalton + Tomich, are pleased to announce that Sorin A. Leahu has joined the firm as a senior associate attorney.  Based in the firm’s Chicago office, […]

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Methodist Separation: We offer this good book

  • September 26, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

We have exciting news to announce.  Our free guide to local churches who are evaluating what to do while waiting on the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in September 2021 is now available. We know this issue can be confusing. That’s why we […]

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Top 5 Things Religious Assemblies and Schools Need to Know About Zoning in Illinois

  • August 19, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

A 2019 report ranked Illinois as the seventh most religiously diverse state in the country. This is a ranking the state should celebrate. Religious diversity is not only a national hallmark but a benefit to our local communities.  Our communities are stronger when we are […]

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Its time to make the move out of the Methodist denomination

  • 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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Big Supreme Court Win For Religious Schools and School Choice Movement

  • June 30, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

This morning the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed that it is unconstitutional to bar religious schools from receiving public benefits or aid solely because of their religious status. The case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, involves a scholarship program that the Montana Supreme Court […]

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Court Orders municipality to tax residents after its leaders refused to pay a judgment

  • June 24, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

Civil rights litigation is vitally important. But it is neither easy nor cheap. It is often a war of attrition between a plaintiff with limited resources and a taxpayer-funded government defendant. In light of this funding imbalance, many government defendants fight even the most meritorious […]

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Local Churches defeat trust clause claim

  • 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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