Michigan has over 130 attorneys who work on a broad spectrum of agricultural law issues. We can provide a recommendation to a good attorney in your area if you're in need of legal counsel and provide funds to help you with your attorney fees.
Personal disputes such as real estate transactions or family law matters.
If you are currently facing a legal dispute and would like to request a grant, you should complete an application (click here or on the image below) and submit it to Michigan Farm Bureau. Michigan Farm Bureau will do a legal review and consult with the Legal Defense Fund Committee. The committee is made up of Farm Bureau regular members. The committee will make a recommendation to the Michigan Farm Bureau Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will then deny or grant (in full or in part) the request for funding.
"I was recently involved in an
agricultural property tax dispute with Courtland Township. The issue was
whether the taxable value on a property should be revised because it had been
continually qualified agricultural property. The Michigan Farm Bureau Legal
Defense Fund agreed to hire outside legal counsel to file an amicus brief with
the Michigan Tax Tribunal in support of my position.The issue was
particularly important to Michigan farmers who might purchase qualified
agricultural property with an uncapped taxable value, and seek to have the
value "re-capped." An adverse ruling would have resulted in
higher property taxes for likely hundreds, if not thousands, of Michigan
Ultimately, the Tax Tribunal
ruled in our favor, and ordered Courtland Township to re-cap the taxable
value. No doubt, Michigan Farm Bureau's support of my position was key to
-Aaron Phelps, Varnum Law Firm