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Mississippi Church Files Suit Against Hinds County for Treating Religious Assembly Uses Unequally

On April 27, 2021, we filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of The Church at Jackson against Hinds County, Mississippi for violating the “equal terms” provision of the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”), 42 U.S.C. 2000cc(b)(1). Last year, the church acquired a […]

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Supreme Court Hears Case On Donor-Disclosure Requirement

For many not-for-profit organizations, the primary means of sustaining their operations is through the voluntary donations of their supporters. But can the government require a not-for-profit to disclose the identity of its donors? In 2010, the California Attorney General’s Office instituted a new policy to […]

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“MI Vacc to Normal” Plan Sets Bar for Return to Workplace

Last week, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued long-awaited guidance on the reopening of workplaces that have been limited during the pandemic. The Vacc to Normal challenge uses four vaccination based milestones (using data of Michiganders 16 years and older who have received their first vaccine […]

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Succession Planning: Estate Planning for Your Business

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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Riparian rights, bottomland ownership and underwater trespassing

  • April 30, 2021
  • by Adel Nucho
  • Category: Firm News

As a general rule, an owner of an inland lake house in Michigan holds title to the submerged land (the bottomland) to the middle lake.1  And while it is somewhat unusual to think of a trespass on submerged lands, Michigan courts have held that the […]

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Running a For-Profit Business In Accordance With Religious Values (Part 1, Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws)

For many business owners, running their business in accordance with their religious values is a non-negotiable. Their religious values are often what drive them and make their businesses successful. This is particularly true when business owners define success as being, first and foremost, faithful to […]

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7 Things Churches Should Know About Housing Allowances

The Internal Revenue Code provides churches the ability to designate, and for ministers to receive, a housing allowance. Housing allowances are also known as parsonage allowances or rental allowances. Although these allowances provide great tax benefits, many churches and ministers fail to take advantage of […]

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A Constitutional Separation Protocol and 2022 General Conference is doubtful for the United Methodist Church

On Friday April 16, 2021, the United Methodist Judicial Council released an important decision concerning the future of the proposed Separation Protocol. The opinion touches on two important topics: Advisory Opinions and the Constitutionality of a Separation Protocol. It is clear that the Judicial Council will […]

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Texas Court strikes down the Methodist Trust Clause

In a landmark decision, a Dallas Texas County Court invalidated the enforcement of the United Methodist Trust Clause in favor of  Southern Methodist University thereby freeing it from property ownership claims of the South-Central Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Court entered an order dismissing […]

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5 Quick Tips Before Buying Lakefront Property

Buying property on one of Michigan’s many inland lakes is a dream for many. Fishing, swimming, sunset boat rides, and quiet mornings on the water can create priceless memories. However, if a buyer doesn’t do proper due diligence, a dream waterfront property can become a […]

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