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In this blog, the Zana Tomich, Noel Sterrett and the business attorneys of Dalton & Tomich, PLC weigh in on matters of importance to small and closely held business and nonprofit leaders in the Detroit area, Chicagoland, Northern Illinois and beyond. We hope the information here is helpful to you.

Texas Court strikes down the Methodist Trust Clause

In a landmark decision, a Dallas Texas County Court invalidated the enforcement of the United Methodist Trust Clause in favor of  Southern Methodist University thereby freeing it from property ownership claims of the South-Central Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Court entered an order dismissing […]

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Understanding Indemnification Clauses

If you have ever read a contract, it is likely that you would have come upon an indemnification clause.  These clauses tend to be placed towards the end of a contract and can be confusing for many. So what is an indemnification clause? Indemnification is […]

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Three Ways Boilerplate Language Impacts a Business Divorce

Time and again, I am contacted by clients experiencing difficulty with their business partners, or fellow shareholders, and looking for a way out. The conversation usually results in a review of the company’s organizational documents. More often than not, we find the parties adopted boilerplate […]

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The 5 myths you might have heard about the UMC trust clause – and why it might not be as scary as you think.

Many pastors who are considering leaving the United Methodist Church think the trust clause is a set-in-stone rule that can’t be beat – and that’s simply not true! I hope this blog helps provide a bit more understanding about how the law around it works […]

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Delaying the UMC General Conference to deny a vote on the Separation Protocol

The United Methodist Church once again took steps on February 26, 2021 to ignore the concerns of local Methodist Churches and kick the proverbial can down the road of the schism within the denomination by rejecting the opportunity to have an amicable resolution to the […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court allows Local Churches to keep their Property in Religious Property Disputes

In a huge blow to the Episcopal Church, and an enormous threat to the United Methodist Church, the United States Supreme Court today denied the final appeal of the Episcopal Church in its dispute concerning ownership of religious property with the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, […]

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Options for the local Methodist Church with no vote on the Separation Protocol

It is fairly clear that a vote on the Protocol will not occur in 2021. And it is likely that there will not be any type of action taken on the proposed separation protocol is not addressed until 2024. It is time for local Methodist […]

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Requiring Covid 19 Vaccine for Employees

Regulations paused under new administration

Days after publishing Independent Contractor Rule Gets An Update . . . For Now, the Biden administration was inaugurated and the new President used his first days of office to put a freeze on proposed regulations with pending effective dates. This is not unusual once […]

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Laying the groundwork to abandon the proposed UMC Separation Protocol

If you are following the news involving the United Methodist Church, you may have heard of the Separation Protocol – a proposal to split the United Methodist Church into three denominations. The proposal was announced with much fanfare one year ago and celebrated by many […]

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A brief explanation of the Reformed Church plan to separate

The Reformed Church of America (RCA) is debating how best to separate into different denominations based on significant theological debates. A team called “Vision 20/20” evaluated the issues and proposed a plan of separation. Watch this video to learn more. Should you have additional questions […]

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