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.

The Methodist Pension Plan is FULLY FUNDED and why that matters to local Methodist Churches

Wespath released a report confirming that its pension plan for clergy […]

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A Guide to Leaving the Methodist Church

The Constitutional Parameters of the Methodist Trust Clause

According to the United States Supreme Court, the determination of […]

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Why hire an experienced Religious Property Dispute attorney when leaving the United Methodist Church.

In complicated situations involving a religious property dispute, you may […]

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The unfounded “unfunded pension liability” claim of UMC Annual Conferences

The factual basis for the statements of this video are […]

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Thinking through your next steps after the (third) cancellation of the UMC General Conference

It is official. The United Methodist Church canceled the 2022 […]

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

Every year, millions of dollars are stolen or misappropriated from […]

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What went right for local Methodist Churches who have left the denomination

Despite all of these issues with The United Methodist Church […]

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What went wrong with The United Methodist Church in 2021

The United Methodist Church has seemed, for a few years […]

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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.

On the Dalton & Tomich, PLC land law blog you can also find company updates. Meet the latest members of our team and read about the outcomes of our most recent cases. It’s a great way to get to know the people behind the legal process.