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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 tips for Churches and Not-for-Profit Organizations to Avoid Unreasonable Compensation

  • May 27, 2021
  • by Sorin Leahu

One of the key requirements for churches and other 501(c)(3) organizations to maintain their tax-exempt status is to avoid “private inurement.” Private inurement occurs when an insider of an organization receives from the organization greater benefits than he or she provides to the organization. Likewise, […]

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7 Things Churches Should Know About Housing Allowances

  • April 19, 2021
  • by Sorin Leahu

The Internal Revenue Code provides churches the ability to designate, and for ministers to receive, a housing allowance. Housing allowances are also known as parsonage allowances or rental allowances. Although these allowances provide great tax benefits, many churches and ministers fail to take advantage of […]

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Frequently Asked Questions from churches looking to leave the United Methodist Denomination

  • March 24, 2021
  • by Emily

When we talk to churches that want to leave the denomination, many of them have the same questions. To help you determine the best course for your church, we answer these commonly asked questions in our latest video. Watch to learn more.     We hope you […]

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Religious property attorney responds to United Methodist Church announcement to hold off general conference vote on separation protocol until 2022

  • February 25, 2021
  • by Emily

“Many (UMC) churches that have been waiting on the sidelines to leave will do so now, and the denomination will collapse” Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Dan Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit —February 25, 2021—Daniel Dalton, a religious property and land use attorney […]

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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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Alabama’s protection of religious exercise stronger than federal law

  • January 8, 2021
  • by Adel Nucho

  Religious organizations often turn to courts when their freedom of religion is being infringed by the government. Restrictions on the religious exercise of a person or institution come in many forms, unfortunately. The implementation of land use regulations is one of them. Thanks to […]

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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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9 Types of Insurance Churches and Nonprofits Should Consider

  • December 11, 2020
  • by Sorin Leahu

In my last blog post, I discussed the need for churches and nonprofits to utilize waivers and parental consent forms as a means to protect a church or nonprofit from liability and judgments. As I stated then, however, these forms are not a panacea and […]

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Supreme Court Says Government Officials May Be Personally Liable for Money Damages Under Religious Freedom Statute(s)

  • December 10, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

Today, the United States Supreme Court decided an important religious liberty case–Tanzin v. Tanzir–involving who can be sued for money damages under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”). The unanimous decision authored by Justice Clarence Thomas affirmed that government officials may be sued for money […]

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Hobbs Chapel Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri leaves the United Methodist Church and Keeps its Property

  • December 9, 2020
  • by Emily

COLUMBIA, Mo. – December 4, 2020 – The Missouri Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church reached a financial and property settlement with the former Hobbs Chapel United Methodist Church, now known as Hobbs Community Church, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Under the terms of the […]

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