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
Amended Safe Start Order: Mich Exec Order No 2020-176
Effective September 4, 2020, Governor Whitmer’s most recent Safe Start Order, Mich Exec Order No 2020-176, states that Michigan has reached a plateau in COVID-19 case counts that allows leaders to “carefully and deliberately relax some restrictions.” Described as part of an “incremental approach,” the order rescinds the previous Safe Start order, Mich Exec Order No 2020-160, and its amending order, Mich Exec Order No 2020-162. Mich Exec Order No 2020-176 incorporates many of the prior Safe Start orders’ provisions and adds new ones relating to organized sports, gyms, and pools.

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.

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.
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

August 31, 2020

Jeanne E. Murphy, ICLE

Effective through September 30, 2020, Mich Exec Order No 2020-174 extends the restrictions on entry to health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities. This article summarizes the restrictions.

August 12, 2020

Jeanne E. Murphy, ICLE

Effective through September 7, 2020, Mich Exec Order No 2020-169 establishes procedures in long-term care facilities to protect the health and safety of both employees and residents. This article summarizes the highlights.

September 3, 2020

Rebekah Page-Gourley, ICLE

Effective September 4, 2020, under Mich Exec Order No 2020-176, any work that is capable of being performed remotely must be performed remotely in all Michigan Regions except 6 and 8. Any businesses requiring in-person work must abide by the workplace safeguards outlined in Mich Exec Order No 2020-175. This article summarizes those safeguards.

August 14, 2020

Brett J. Miller, Butzel Long

Mich Exec Order No 2020-166 changes the quarantine requirements for those who test positive or are symptomatic and for those who have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive or is symptomatic. It also renews the prohibition on employers from discharging, disciplining, or retaliating against employees who stay home when they or their close contacts are sick.

May 8, 2020

Rebekah 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.
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

August 31, 2020

Jeanne E. Murphy, ICLE

On August 28, 2020, Mich Exec Order No 2020-173 rescinded and replaced Mich Exec Order No 2020-158. The new order contains all of the provisions of the original order and extends them to September 30, 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

Sept 3, 2020

Noah C. Hagan, ICLE

On September 1, 2020, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order that halts certain residential evictions through December 31, 2020. This article summarizes the highlights.

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.
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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