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Sweeping Changes to Michigan’s Nonprofit Corporation Act

SWEEPING CHANGES MADE TO MICHIGAN’S NONPROFIT CORPORATION ACT IS YOUR ORGANIZATION NOW OUT OF DATE WITH ITS GOVERNANCE DOCUMENTS?  By: Michael F. Matheson On January 15, 2015, Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a series of bills that implemented a number of changes to the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act.  Many of the changes could have […]

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Significant Changes to Michigan’s FOIA Act

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO MICHIGAN’S FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (“FOIA”) WILL TAKE EFFECT IN 2015 If you regularly deal with FOIA, July 1, 2015 should be circled on your calendar.  That is the day significant changes to FOIA go into effect.  Those changes affect the information that public bodies must provide to the public about FOIA […]

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Bill Signing at MGRRE

Lt. Governor Brian Calley Signs Bills at MGRRE Jim Neal of the Firm’s oil and gas division assisted in efforts to amend existing Michigan statutes to provide for pipeline transportation of carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery and carbon dioxide sequestration.  He also assisted in amending Michigan’s severance tax to establish a 4% tax rate […]

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Federal Tax Update and Michigan Tax Update for Same-Sex Spouses

FEDERAL TAX UPDATE AND MICHIGAN TAX UPDATE FOR SAME-SEX SPOUSES Written by:  Mieke V. Weissert In light of the United States Supreme Court decision, U.S. v Windsor, the government has taken action to recognize same-sex marriages for federal tax purposes.  On August 29, 2013 it was ruled by The U.S. Department of the Treasury and […]

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Clarification on the Classification of Landmen

Clarification on the Classification of Landmen in Michigan as Independent Contractors Senate Bill 427, which was referred to the Committee on Commerce on October 15, 2013, after passing a roll call vote in the Senate, intends to clarify the classification of Landmen in Michigan as independent contractors. Sara L. Cunningham worked with the Michigan Association of […]

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The DOMA Case and Its Impact on Family Law and Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples in Michigan

In a ruling issued June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court found section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, 110 Stat 2419 (“DOMA”) unconstitutional as it defines “marriage” and “spouse” for purposes of federal law and regulations in terms of opposite-sex couples. United States v. Windsor, ___ S.Ct. ___. The full implications of […]

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Bill to Amend the Michigan Employment Security Act

Loomis attorneys, Sara Cunningham and James Neal, assisted in the drafting of Senate Bill No. 427 introduced in the Michigan Senate on June 12, 2013.  The proposed legislation seeks to clarify the current law and provide that an independent landman is classified as an independent contractor, and not an employee.  This legislation is supported by […]

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2013 Estate and Gift Tax Highlights

The American Tax Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”) came into effect on January 2, 2013.  ATRA includes new federal estate, gift and generation-skipping-transfer tax (“GST”) legislation that is generally applicable to decedents’ estates, and generation-skipping transfers and gifts made, after December 31, 2012.  Listed below are a few highlights that may be applicable to your […]

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