Publications

  • Estate Planning During the Pandemic

    August 24, 2020

    The pandemic has triggered an increased need to have proper estate planning.  As we continue to limit and restrict activity to contain the spread of the COVID-19, creating and executing a proper estate plan is still possible to protect you and your family should you become ill, quarantined, or hospitalized. While the pandemic has changed […]

  • Whitmer vetoes legislation expanding and clarifying immunity for health care providers

    August 12, 2020

    On August 10, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed Senate Bill 899 that would have amended the Emergency Management Act (EMA) to expand and clarify the scope of qualified immunity provided to health care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other things, Senate Bill 899 would have extended the period of qualified immunity to January 20, […]

  • What Taxes Are Associated With an Inheritance?

    August 11, 2020

    There are three general types of tax: Estate tax is a tax imposed on the value of the estate of a deceased person before distribution to the heirs Inheritance tax is a tax imposed on a person who inherits property or money Gift tax is a tax imposed on the transfer of money or property to another person […]

  • Protect Your College Student with an Estate Plan

    August 3, 2020

    A typical college-bound student’s packing list will include various “essential items” such as a mini-fridge, laptop computer, cell phone, clothes, and shower shoes.  An estate plan is probably the most “essential” item that will protect your college student and provide you peace of mind. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents have expressed concern […]

  • What Businesses Need to Know About Michigan’s Mask Mandate

    July 16, 2020

    As positive cases of COVID-19 rise, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expanded the previous recommendation-only directive for use of a face mask to a mandate. Now, businesses open to the public must refuse entry or service to those not wearing a mask. The order also requires that masks be worn in crowded outdoor spaces, and individuals are […]

  • Potential Pitfalls of Derivative Claims

    June 22, 2020

    Many owners believe that if those in control of the company are taking advantage of them or the company (for example, using company funds for personal expenses) that they can simply file suit.  Unfortunately, it’s not that easy.  In order for an owner to bring such a claim, they first need to identify whether or […]

  • Enter the Rainbow: Supreme Court Rules That Title VII Protects LGBTQ Workers

    June 16, 2020

    Monday, the Supreme Court in the case of Bostock v Clayton County Georgia put a spotlight on the rainbow that symbolizes the LGBTQ community by ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act covers sexual orientation and gender identity. This puts an end to a deep split amongst the Federal Courts regarding the issue […]

  • Congress Passes Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act: Key Changes to PPP Program

    June 4, 2020

    The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have passed H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, which modifies the Paycheck Protection Program implemented as part of the CARES Act. H.R. 7010’s Key Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program Extending the “Covered Period” definition of the program from June 30, 2020, to […]

  • Michigan Supreme Court Grants Application to Address “Possible Cause of Action Standard”

    May 27, 2020

    On May 22, 2020 the Michigan Supreme Court granted the plaintiffs’ application for leave in Bowman v St. John and Medical Cntr. In Bowman, the Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s denial of the defendants’ motion for summary disposition based on expiration of the statute of limitations under the six month discovery rule. Bowman […]

  • Successful Staffing After COVID-19 Closure

    May 21, 2020

    WE CAN OPEN! NOW WHAT? Michigan employers that are allowed to reopen their businesses after a COVID-19 shutdown face many issues in re-introducing their employees to the workplace. The following major issues should be on all employer’s radar during the call back process to ensure successful staffing. Compliance with Executive Order 2020-91   As explained […]

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