Religious leaders who are unable to use a building or land they purchased because of a land use or zoning issue can easily become frustrated. Picking the right attorney to help navigate the process for what happens next is a critical decision.
Not every attorney handles every area of the law. Even the most accomplished general practicing attorneys limit themselves to areas of law in which they are comfortable and competent. So how does a religious organization find an attorney who is equipped with the knowledge and experience needed to successfully handle their religious land use matter in and out of court?
Religious land use is an area of law that is extremely narrow, complicated and specialized. It is an area in which the professionals at Dalton & Tomich PLC have worked for over a decade handling hundreds of matters for clients, some of which have resulted in litigation and most of which have been resolved at the planning commission local level. It is not an area of the law that one can dabble in or one that can be picked up without having a legal basis.
We find that most every religious organization has an attorney in its congregation who helps with the “closing” or the “purchase” of the land. These local attorneys may be able to work through the administrative hearings, but they often miss the crucial opportunity to challenge local land use decisions in court. Soon thereafter, they run into zoning issues and find that the municipality will not let their client occupy the land. They then search out solutions, find our firm and ask to consult with us. When we enter we find that many problems could have been avoided and matters resolved at the planning stage if the religious organization had reached out to us first, rather than relying on the lawyer from within the congregation who may have volunteered his or her services.
Should the religious organization turn to free, pro-bono or a subscription service to help them in the litigation process or use a professional law firm experienced in this area of the law? To give your organization the best chance to win your religious land use case, we recommend you ask a number of questions before hiring a law firm:
The professionals at Dalton & Tomich PLC, stand ready to assist you in the litigation process of your religious land use case. We have the experience, we are ready to move quickly and we can secure not only your land use permits, but damages and attorney fees.
To learn more about the religious land use land use cases, please download our free guide to the litigation process as a first step. When you’re ready, please contact one of our professionals to assist you with your case.
Dalton & Tomich, PLC is the national leader in successfully helping churches, other religious institutions and their insurers defend their rights in land use and zoning matters under RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. We have helped clients win cases against municipalities and other local government bodies from coast to coast, with experience serving both as general counsel and special litigation counsel.
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