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.
Court Changes
Michigan Court Changes (Updated May 19, 2020)

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

Stay Home, Stay Safe Order
Updated: “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order 2020-96, Executive Order 2020-97, and Governor Whitmer’s FAQs
Get a summary of the latest orders related to “Stay Home, Stay Safe,” including how the new orders differ from the prior orders, as well as a summary of Governor Whitmer’s FAQs about the 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.

March 30, 2020

Timothy A. Dinan, Dinan & Associates PC

In this audio interview, Tim discusses how he has altered his practice and offers advice to other solo and small firm lawyers. His practice includes criminal defense and representing lawyers and law students with regulatory issues.

March 24, 2020

Raymond A. Cassar, The Law Offices of Raymond A. Cassar PLC

Ray offers his thoughts on the effects of COVID-19 on criminal practice specifically and on small firm practice generally.
Elder Law

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.

May 14, 2020 (updated)

Jeanne E. Murphy, ICLE

Effective through May 31, 2020, Mich Exec Order No 2020-72 restricts entry to health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities. This article summarizes the restrictions.

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 14, 2020

Alexis F. Johnson, Giarmarco Mullins & Horton PC

Alexis answers questions about the enhanced unemployment benefits available under the CARES Act and offers practical tips for employers and employees to get through this financial crisis.

April 7, 2020

Beth S. Gotthelf, Butzel Long; Rebecca S. Davies, Butzel Long

Beth and Rebecca summarize Mich Exec Order No 2020-36 affecting Michigan employers. The order includes anti-retaliation provisions, leave provisions, and quarantine restrictions.

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.
Municipal Law

April 8, 2020

Steven D. Mann, Miller Canfield PLC

Steven summarizes Mich Exec Order No 2020-38, which temporarily extends FOIA deadlines and permits public bodies to delay or defer parts of FOIA requests that require in-person response efforts.

March 31, 2020

Jordan M. Jones, Michigan Auto Law

In this audio interview, Jordan, a no-fault plaintiff's lawyer specializing in trucking litigation, explains how he is adjusting his practice to keep his clients' cases moving including virtual client meetings and remote video depositions.
Probate/Estate Planning

May 6, 2020

Jeanne E. Murphy, ICLE

On May 5, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Mich Exec Order No 2020-74. The new order contains all of the provisions of Mich Exec Order No 2020-41 and extends them to June 30, 2020, with some changes. This article highlights the changes.

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

May 15, 2020

Katherine M. Stanley, Legal Services of Eastern MI

Katherine summarizes Mich Exec Order No 2020-85, which extends the Michigan moratorium on residential evictions through June 11, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court’s administrative orders related to landlord-tenant cases, and the CARES Act federal moratorium on residential evictions.

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
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

Manage Your Law Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Terrence G. Quinn, The TGQ Law Firm

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

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