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 […]Read More
In Michigan, an “as is” clause in a contract for the sale of a home shields the seller from liability for unknown defects, even if the defect should have been reasonably discovered by conducting an inspection. The Court of Appeals reiterated recently, in Pilcher v. […]Read More
Religious organizations often turn to courts when their freedom of religion is being infringed by the government. Restrictions on the religious exercise of a person or institution come in many forms, unfortunately. The implementation of land use regulations is one of them. Thanks to […]Read More
The value of assets in the United States within the nonprofit sector alone was about 6 trillion dollars in 2016 ($5,990,470,000,000.00 to be exact!), according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics. Real property (like land and buildings) is considered an asset, and it is […]Read More
Disagreements between owners of neighboring properties often arise over boundary lines. Boundary lines are usually established by getting a survey of the legal description contained in a deed. And a survey could actually prove that the line—which the owners treated as the true line—is […]Read More
Most if not all mortgage agreements contain a debt acceleration clause. That clause allows the bank to declare the entire balance due upon the occurrence of an event—like the failure to make a payment. In Akouri v. Comerica Bank, one of the questions addressed […]Read More
Have you ever done something that benefits another person with the expectation that you will get something in return? Sometimes, unfortunately, even when the other person is aware of your expectations, he or she does not follow through. What remedies do you have? Courts will […]Read More
Michigan courts once again shines the spotlight on the significance of a plat in lakefront property disputes. The case of Saunders v. Rhodes (decided June 18, 2020) started with a dispute between two property owners over a strip of land abutting Chippewa Lake, in Mecosta […]Read More
Many individuals and entities learned it the hard way: events with a superior strength (force majeure)—like a health pandemic—must be accounted for in service contracts. Let’s face it, we all know that deadly infectious diseases and viruses exist in this world. But very few can honestly […]Read More
A recent riparian rights decision by the Court of Appeals of Michigan shows the importance of speaking up when you believe your neighbor is encroaching on your property. In White v. Ochalek, the parties owned adjacent waterfront properties on Hubbard Lake. Their deeds provide […]Read More
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In my role as Administrative Bishop for the Church of God, quite often we are faced with issues that involve local governments and municipalities. Many of these issues that arise in dealing with entities are land use related. I have found Dalton & Tomich’s experience and expertise in this area to be a valuable resource and asset in every situation.
Never one time during a year-long litigation process did Dalton & Tomich demonstrate anything other than Christ-like professionalism. They managed the legal details, while we continued to do church. How they managed themselves, managed our case, and represented our church set the table for me and our church to be where we are today.
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