Commercial lease on desk with rent payment, keys, and calculator

Commercial Leases and Frustrated Purposes

Unlike residential tenants, most commercial tenants were not relieved of the obligation to pay rent during the pandemic. In a recent case, the tenant alleged that the purpose of the lease—to use the property to operate a gym—was frustrated by the… Read More
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An NLRA Primer

A National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) administrative law judge recently ruled that Starbucks violated the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) by terminating an employee at its Ann Arbor location for engaging in union activism. Enforced… Read More
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A Digital Life

Most of our financial information, social interactions, and family sentiments are in some form of digital storage. These are commonly called “digital assets.” More and more of our lives are no longer in tangible form. What happens to all this inf… Read More
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Michigan’s New Universal Assignment of Rents Act

Commercial property owners wishing to obtain financing will likely be required by their lender to sign a document generically referred to as an “assignment of rents and leases” as additional security for repayment of the loan. In the even… Read More
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Cryptocurrency and NFTs in Your Estate Plan

Five years ago, cryptocurrency was probably not on your radar. Today, it may be an important investment in your portfolio. You could even own some nonfungible tokens (NFTs), which are powered by the same blockchain-based technology. Despite the dizzy… Read More
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People of LGBTQ+ community protected by Michigan Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act

Sexual Orientation Protected by MI Civil Rights Law

In a July 2022 opinion, Rouch World v. Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled (5-2) that the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act of 1976, which among other things prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation … Read More
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SaaS Me!

There are approximately 25,000 SaaS companies operating in the world today, 17,000 of which are in the U.S. They serve an estimated 59 billion customers. SaaS (which stands for “software as a service”) offerings are as common in the 2022 workplac… Read More
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Hands of different generations in family holding family cottage

In the Family

A family cottage can be a gathering place that brings loved ones together generations to come. Unfortunately, without a proper succession plan, disputes over ownership and operation can lead to litigation among the family. Consider the example of a c… Read More
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The Interactive Process: Proceed with Caution

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), employers must “make reasonable accommodations” for employees with disabilities. Once an employee with a qualifying disability requests an accommodation, the employer has a duty to engage in… Read More
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The signing of the U.S. Constitution

Constitution Day

This past Saturday marked the 18th annual Constitution Day in America. The idea for a holiday to celebrate American citizenship was originated in 1939 with “I Am an American Day,” which was celebrated in May. But in 1952, the date was changed to… Read More
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