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The Constitutional Right to Leave a Faith and the “Dead Hand” of Religious Obligations

  • January 28, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

Americans enjoy an inalienable First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. Recently, the California Court of Appeals reaffirmed that the First Amendment implicitly includes the right to change one’s religious beliefs, forms of worship, and religious affiliations. In certain circumstances, an individual’s freedom […]

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How to Guard Against Fraud and Theft in Your Non-profit or Religious Organization

  • February 18, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

Every year, millions of dollars are stolen or misappropriated from churches and non-profits across the country. The culprits are often the least expected people in the organization. Whether it is a pastor embezzling funds, an employee or volunteer abusing a corporate credit card, or a […]

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Public School Closings Open Door to Religious Schools and Set Stage for State and Local Legal Battles

  • January 5, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

Hundreds of thousands of parents across the country just learned that their local public schools will be closing. In Chicago alone, 330,000 students will be denied in-person instruction. Panicked parents, who are already familiar with the difficulties and inadequacies of remote learning, are looking for […]

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Dalton & Tomich wins injunction against Hinds County, Mississippi on behalf of The Church at Jackson

  • September 27, 2021
  • by Emily

County’s zoning ordinance violates Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Noel Sterett; nsterett@daltontomich.com; 815.997.7221 Detroit—-September 27, 2021—National law firm Dalton & Tomich announced it has won an injunction on behalf of the Church at Jackson […]

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Top Five Tactics Bishops use to delay a local Methodist Church from voting on disaffiliation

  • September 23, 2021
  • by Emily

When churches try to vote to leave the United Methodist Church many Bishops will try to postpone the church vote. In this video, Dan Dalton, discusses the top five tactics Bishops use to delay a local Methodist Church from voting on disaffiliation. We hope you […]

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Three strategies used by Bishops to close local Methodist churches

  • September 23, 2021
  • by Emily

The warning signs are there but churches don’t even realize it. In this video, Dan Dalton discusses the three strategies Bishops use to close churches. We hope you found this video helpful. If you have questions or want to explore legal counsel, please contact Daniel Dalton, […]

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Defining and cleaning up membership within a local UMC prior to disaffiliation

  • September 21, 2021
  • by Emily

One thing a number of churches forget to do is audit their membership role. In this video, Dan Dalton discusses how members of a church are decided and why it is important that churches clean up their membership list prior to voting on leaving the […]

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Questions a local Methodist Church should ask before joining a denomination

  • September 16, 2021
  • by Emily

Making the decision to leave the United Methodist Church is not an easy one, but what can be even harder is trying to figure out what to do next. In this video, Dan Dalton, discusses the questions a local Methodist Church should ask before joining […]

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The Good Book on religious property disputes is now available: Religious Property Disputes and the Law: House of God, Laws of Man, published by the American Bar Association

  • August 10, 2021
  • by Emily

Detroit – August 10, 2021 – Daniel Dalton, co-founder of Detroit-headquartered law firm Dalton & Tomich PLC, and a national authority in religious property law, announced the publication of his book Religious Property Disputes and the Law: House of God, Laws of Man, by the American […]

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Court Holds Ministers Cannot Sue Their Employers for Hostile Work Environment

  • July 14, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

The First Amendment provides religious organizations the absolute right to choose their own ministers without government interference. The right is referred to as the ministerial exception and bars ministers from suing their religious employers for employment discrimination. The ministerial exception is based on the well-established […]

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