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Succession Planning: Estate Planning for Your Business

  • March 6, 2018
  • by Zana Tomich

Succession planning is a process all small business leaders should undertake.  Similar to estate plans for individuals, succession plans are used to address situations where there is a death, disability, or retirement of key individuals in the company. When a company is owned by just […]

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Do Religious Organizations Need to Apply for Tax Exempt Status?

  • February 8, 2018
  • by Zana Tomich

One might logically assume that the Religion Clauses provide the underlying basis for why churches and religious organizations are tax-exempt. However, churches in this great nation enjoyed tax exemptions even before the First Amendment was adopted.[i] Many have challenged congressional enactments that specifically exempted church […]

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Intent of the Donor: Can a Court Order a Refund?

  • October 27, 2017
  • by Zana Tomich

Churches are non-profit organizations that rely on the generosity of the public and their members, through stewardship, volunteerism, and donations in order to operate. Beyond day-to-day operations, typically churches will create a fund when raising money for a particular purpose. It seems as if every […]

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A Charity, Nonprofit, and Tax-Exempt Entity – Are They All the Same?

  • September 20, 2017
  • by Zana Tomich

The words “charity,” “nonprofit,” and “tax-exempt” are often used interchangeably, but they are not synonymous. While a corporation can be charitable, nonprofit, and tax exempt, not all nonprofits are charitable, or tax-exempt. A nonprofit corporation is a legal entity created under state law.[1] A nonprofit […]

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Opening and Running a Detroit Restaurant: 6 Legal Considerations

  • August 17, 2017
  • by Zana Tomich

Detroit attorney Zana Tomich of Dalton & Tomich, PLC shares tips for restaurant entrepreneurs and others looking to open food related business in Detroit. Topics include Getting Your House in Order, Secure Your Location, Licensing and Permits, Employment Issues and Trade Names and Branding. Read […]

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How to Acquire an On-Premises Liquor License

  • June 25, 2017
  • by Zana Tomich

In Michigan, restaurants, bars, and other establishment that sell liquor are regulated by state and local agencies. Like most states, Michigan created its liquor control commission after prohibition ended in 1933. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (“MLCC”) regulates liquor licenses in the state, distributes new […]

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Are Unpaid Interns Legal?

  • April 25, 2017
  • by Zana Tomich

As  summer approaches, the season of interns is also on the horizon. While college students comprise of the typical intern class, many recent graduates, or students in post-graduate programs who are finding the job market competitive, offer to work as unpaid interns to gain experience […]

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Homeowner Association Acts within Authority of Bylaws

  • April 5, 2017
  • by Zana Tomich

Homeowner associations are fairly common throughout Michigan and the United States.  They are typically private associations formed by a developer who plats a subdivision to manage the development, and to enforce the restrictive covenants recorded to benefit and burden the land. They are also used […]

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Charity’s For-Profit Subsidiary Not Exempt from Property Tax

  • December 19, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

Last month, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Trinity Health-Warde Lab, LLC v. Township of Pittsfield, 2016 Mich. App. Lexis 2026, Case No. 328092, which disallowed a for-profit laboratory to utilize the tax-exempt status of its charitable parent corporation when it itself […]

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Judge Halts Overtime Rule

  • November 23, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

A federal judge halted the new “overtime rule” set to go into effect on December 1, 2016. I wrote about the overtime rules and the suit filed by 21 states and 50 business groups to stop the law from going into effect, here. U.S. District […]

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