Helpful Guidance and Tools from Michigan Lawyers
We recognize that in the blink of an eye, your law practice and your daily routine have been turned upside down. Here’s an overview of the resources we’ve developed and curated to help you stay on top of everything. Stay tuned for more updates as new resources become available.

ICLE Community
Discussion Forum (Accessible to ICLE Partners Only)
Get answers to your COVID-19 related questions and see what other lawyers are encountering.

Michigan Safe Start Plan
Masks Now Required in All Indoor and Some Outdoor Public Spaces
On July 10, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued an order requiring that masks be worn in all indoor public spaces and that businesses must enforce this requirement.

Amended Safe Start Order: Mich Exec Order No 2020-160
Governor Whitmer’s most recent Safe Start Order, Mich Exec Order No 2020-160, marks a tightening of restrictions in the face of rising COVID-19 case counts. Effective July 31, 2020, Mich Exec Order No 2020-160 rescinds a number of prior orders.

Practice Area Guidance
Business Law

April 9, 2020

Paul R. Hage, Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC

Paul describes the various provisions in the CARES Act that temporarily amend the Bankruptcy Code, affecting both business and consumer bankruptcies.

March 31, 2020

Chelsea Rebeck, Rebeck & Allen

The CARES Act includes many provisions affecting both individual and business taxes. Chelsea summarizes the new tax provisions.

March 31, 2020

Chelsea Rebeck, Rebeck & Allen

The CARES Act allocates $349 million dollars to emergency loans and grants from the Small Business Administration. Chelsea summarizes the new SBA provisions.
Civil Litigation

March 25, 2020

Chad D. Engelhardt, Goethel Engelhardt PLLC

Chad explains how this COVID-19 pandemic serves as an important prompt to leverage technology and foster relationships to keep our clients and our practices moving forward.
Criminal Law

May 21, 2020

D.J. Hilson, Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office

D.J. discusses how his office has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and what issues criminal law practitioners are facing.
Elder Law

June 4, 2020

Jeanne E. Murphy, ICLE

Effective through June 26, 2020, Mich Exec Order No 2020-108 restricts entry to health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities. This article summarizes the restrictions.

May 26, 2020

Jeanne E. Murphy, ICLE

Effective through June 17, 2020, Mich Exec Order No 2020-95 establishes procedures in long-term care facilities to protect the health and safety of both employees and residents. This article summarizes the highlights.

July 31, 2020

Rebecca Page-Gourley, ICLE

Under Mich Exec Order No 2020-160, effective July 31, 2020, any work that is capable of being performed remotely must be performed remotely. Any businesses requiring in-person work must abide by the workplace safeguards outlined in Mich Exec Order No 2020-161. This article summarizes those safeguards.

May 8, 2020

Rebecca Page-Gourley, ICLE

Bekah summarizes the Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-76 on the temporary expansion on unemployment benefits.

April 28, 2020

Maureen Rouse-Ayoub, Varnum LLP

Maureen summarizes the recent U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance that employers may administer or require COVID-19 testing before allowing employees to return to the workplace without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

April 24, 2020

Jack W. Schulz, Schulz Gotham PLC

Jack focuses his practice on employment litigation, representing labor unions and truck drivers. He offers his input on some current litigation arising out of COVID-19, as well as his predictions regarding issues that will be litigated going forward.

April 24, 2020

John D. Mabley, Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices

John discusses the ethical considerations lawyers should keep in mind when meeting with clients and conducting business via Zoom.
Family Law

May 22, 2020

Jeffrey Nicholas Van Erp, ICLE

The State Court Administrative Office compiled frequently asked questions to help guide litigants and lawyers parenting time and child support concerns.

May 8, 2020

Daniel J. Ferency, Kelly & Kelly PC

Governor Whitmer issued an executive order extending personal protections orders in place until July 21, 2020. Dan discusses the impact on this order.

April 14, 2020

Shalini Nangia, Varnum LLP

Shalini offers resources and tips to assist clients who may be experiencing domestic violence while being isolated with their abusers.

April 10, 2020

Shalini Nangia, Varnum LLP

Shalini discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic may affect child and spousal support orders, when one or both parties find themselves with limited or no income.
Health Care Law

May 5, 2020

Sarah Wixson, Varnum LLP

Governor Whitmer issued an executive order extending the suspension of scope of practice laws for Michigan hospitals and health care providers. Sarah summarizes the order.
Probate/Estate Planning

July 28, 2020

Jeanne E. Murphy, ICLE

On July 27, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Mich Exec Order No 2020-158, rescinding and replacing Mich Exec Order No 2020-131. The new order contains the provisions of prior order and extends them to August 31, 2020. This article summarizes the highlights.

April 16, 2020

Howard H. Collens, Galloway and Collens PLLC; Nathan R. Piwowarski, McCurdy Wotila & Porteous PC; Kelly J. McNerney Quardokus, Q Elderlaw PLC

In this free on-demand seminar, three estate planners discuss Mich Exec Order No 2020-41. It temporarily allows remote witnessing and notarization of legal documents. See them demonstrate how to make sure the remote witnessing is valid. ICLE Partners: click on the link to log in and watch. Non-Partners: register for free at
Real Property

July 2, 2020

James E. Schaafsma, Michigan Poverty Law Program

Mich Exec Order No 2020-134 extended the moratorium on residential evictions to July 16, 2020, and provided details of the COVID-19-related housing assistance program established by 2020 PA 123. This article summarizes the program.

May 4, 2020

David E. Nykanen, Friedlaender Nykanen & Rogowski PLC

The impact of COVID-19 on property values has been immediate, drastic, and indisputable. However, the impact of COVID-19 and those changed property values on Michigan property tax appeals is a bit more nuanced. This article explains those nuances.
ICLE Premium Partners: Here Are a Few of Your New Resources
Practicing Law During COVID-19 and Beyond
Terrence G. Quinn, The TGQ Law Firm

Rent Deferral Agreement
James L. Carey, Carey Law Offices PC

Participating in Court Hearings via Zoom
Joseph Doerr, Doerr Law Firm PLLC

Family Law Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Shalini Nangia, Varnum LLP; Julia A. Perkins, Varnum LLP

Advising Employers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Ronda Tate Truvillion, Lewis & Munday PC

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