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All-in-one Web site/blog solution for solo and small law firms

Esquire Interactive recently announced the introduction of WordPrESQª, an all-in-one website/blog solution designed exclusively for solo and small law firms. WordPrESQª can be seen at http://www.WordPrESQ.com.

WordPrESQª contains a content management system (CMS) that is managed through a Web-based admin console customized for law firms. Through the admin console, law firms can:

• Easily create new web pages and navigation links.

• Edit pages, add pictures, articles, and firm news.

• Change or add attorney profiles.

• Add slide-shows, video, and other media content.

• Use the complete blog capabilities to connect with current and prospective clients.

• Customize their website with free widgets and social networking applications such as Facebook and Twitter applications.

Because no website coding knowledge is required to manage the CMS, law firms can easily save thousands of dollars on unneeded developer expenses.

Existing law firm Web sites can be converted to WordPrESQª or a law firm can have a new, customized Web site built on WordPrESQª. WordPrESQª Web site packages are customized based upon each client's requirements, and do not require ongoing license payments.

"As prospective clients are increasingly turning to the Internet to find attorneys, law firm profitability is becoming dependent upon the development of a Web site that will resonate with prospective clients and serve as a call to action for contacting the firm," said Jeff Lantz, chief executive officer of Esquire Interactive and author of "The Essential Attorney Handbook for Internet Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, and Web site Development Management."

"Law firms can use WordPrESQ for their website and save thousands of dollars over other website solutions and unneeded developer costs, and have a Web site platform that better resonates with prospective clients."

Site serves as religious land use and property law resource

Attorney Daniel P. Dalton recently announced the launch of www.AttorneysforLandUse.com, an online resource offering valuable information and advice pertaining to the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. 2000cc (RLUIPA). Dalton is co-founder of Royal Oak-based Tomkiw Dalton PLC where he leads a team of land use attorneys.

Focused on serving churches, synagogues, mosques and temples, www.AttorneysforLandUse.com is the first of its kind to focus specifically as a resource for leaders of religious institutions and others affected by church property disputes and other cases pertaining to church law. It features a history of RLUIPA, an archive of religious land use cases and a blog that offers Dalton's insights and perspectives. Blog entries address issues such as eminent domain, property laws, religious freedom, church zoning and other topics pertaining to zoning appeals and land use.

In 2009, while representing the House Where Jesus Shines in a case against the city of Bellmead, Texas, Dalton secured a $550,000 settlement on the day of trial, the largest RLUIPA settlement in Texas to date. Previously, Dalton won a landmark case in Carlinville, Ill., securing the rights to a former Wal-Mart building Carlinville Southern Baptist Church had purchased. He has done the same for several houses of worship throughout the United States. Each of the cases centered around the municipalities' desire to drive religious entities out of a community with the hope of having tax-paying entities take over existing buildings, a clear violation of RLUIPA. More information about these landmark cases is featured on http://www.AttorneysforLandUse.com.

Dalton is a chapter author of the newly published book "RLUIPA Reader: Religious Uses, Zoning and the Courts," co-edited by Michael Giaimo and Lora Lucero. The book offers general background about RLUIPA and a practical discussion about RLUIPA litigation from the perspective of both churches and communities.

Dalton dedicates much of his practice to representing religious institutions in RLUIPA cases, acting both as general counsel and offering special litigation.

Published: Mon, Mar 1, 2010

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