Denominational Trust Clause Blog

Local churches may have a denominational trust clause in their chain of title, or, have a denomination who asserts a trust on property through a Book of Discipline or Book of Order. When the local church wishes to leave the denomination, they are told that the members can leave the denomination but the property is to remain to the denomination. This typically comes a shock to the leaders of the Church and the members of the local church who have paid for the property, paid for the construction of the buildings and have maintained the property for decades.

Dalton & Tomich’s trust clause blog is a comprehensive resource for local churches who are looking to protect their property, preserve their ministry and retain their assets. You’ll find the latest information on pivotal legal decisions, internal Methodist polity matters, related Methodist matters, video’s and insights from experienced legal professionals that have helped protect the rights of local churches.

Trust Clause Information From the Most Experienced Attorneys

The trust clause blog is curated by national leaders in assisting local churches leave their denomination and retain their property. It highlights trust clause case studies, descriptions of state laws and state cases, and commentary on related news. It’s a resource for all local churches who are seeking to leave their denomination, retain their property and protect their ministry.

The National Reach of Dalton & Tomich PLC

With offices in Detroit, Michigan – Chicago, Illinois – and Rockford, Illinois, we are strategically positioned to help congregations throughout the United States by providing explanations of how trust clause cases are litigated and evaluated in each state. Trust clause cases vary from state to state, but federal laws apply across the United States. The Dalton & Tomich legal team consults on cases around the country to bring you local insights on a national level.

Current Events and Timeless Information

The information found on our blog covers current events that are happening now and how they impact local churches who wish to preserve their ministry and protect their assets in the future.

Closing Churches: the broken promise of the UMC Bishop’s with the Separation Protocol

The much heralded Separation Protocol proposed by the five affinity […]

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

County’s zoning ordinance violates Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons […]

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Three strategies used by Bishops to close local Methodist churches

The warning signs are there but churches don’t even realize […]

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Questions a local Methodist Church should ask before joining a denomination

Making the decision to leave the United Methodist Church is […]

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How to clean up the membership list of a local United Methodist Church

It is critically important to determine who is a member […]

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Texas Court strikes down the Methodist Trust Clause

In a landmark decision, a Dallas Texas County Court invalidated […]

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This Trust Clause blog is published by one of the most denominational trust clause legal teams in the United States. The attorneys at Dalton & Tomich have served as legal representatives and expert consultants on some of the most high-profile trust clause cases in the country. Our work has brought us coast-to-coast as we work to help religious organizations preserve their right to use the land they own.

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