Dalton Tomich
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Lead Your Congregation to a New Beginning

Is your local church looking to separate from the United Methodist denomination, but fearing a lawsuit over the trust clause? Do you have other legal questions about how to position your new congregation for success?


Our free guides to leaving the United Methodist Church answer the most common questions that arise for local churches entering this complex, but navigable, process. These step-by-step guides summarize the actionable insights that have proven most helpful to our clients.

The attorneys of Dalton & Tomich, PLC specialize in helping local churches become independent, free to lead in their communities. We developed these free e-books as a guide to answer many of your questions about leaving the United Methodist Church. Download them using the form on this page.


Our practice is led by attorney Daniel P. Dalton, a nationally recognized authority on legal issues facing churches and other religious institutions. Dan helped local congregations leave the Presbyterian Church USA and the Episcopal Church when those denominations changed their theologies, just like the United Methodist Church is doing today. He is currently working with hundreds of local Methodist churches that are reconsidering their relationship with the denomination.

We know these issues. We have decades of experience collaborating with churches across the country to resolve them, including providing guidance on the internal concerns that accompany such an important and complex decision.

While these guides will not answer all of your questions and should not be interpreted as providing legal advice, we hope you find it helpful as your local church embarks on a new journey.

Please do not hesitate to email Daniel P. Dalton directly or call 313.859.6000 to get answers to your specific questions.


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