In this video, nationally recognized religious law expert Daniel P. Dalton of Dalton & Tomich, PLC discusses denominational trust clauses. Dalton explains what these clauses are, how they relate to church property and how they can be challenged in property disputes resulting from a church seeking to leave its denomination. Additional denominational trust clause resources available for download include the Dalton & Tomich questionnaire and checklist for churches looking to leave their denomination and Dalton’s Guide to the United Methodist Church Trust Clause.
The ownership of Church property can be one of the most perplexing issues in Church law. This guide is designed to help local United Methodist congregations understand the denomination’s Trust Clause.Download Now
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