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MICHIGAN’S PUBLIC ROAD ENDS AT LAKE LAW

  • October 10, 2019
  • by Alex Reuter

The sheer number of inland lakes in Michigan is something that sets us apart from many other states, and it seems that everywhere you turn there is another lake. But what if a particular turn takes you down a public road that ends at the […]

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“Partying” on the Lake — The Power of Dedication Language in a Subdivision Plat

  • September 18, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Recorded about 80 years ago, the dedication language in a plat became the subject of a lawsuit which made it the Michigan Court of Appeals 3 years ago (Yuska v. Hasler). Yuska v. Hasler serves as a reminder that dedication language in a plat could […]

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What is an Easement?

  • September 10, 2019
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

What is an easement? In this video, Attorney Larry Opalewski explains that an easement is essentially the legal right to use another’s property in some way. He shares what easements mean in relation to the ownership of property, how they are created, limits on easements […]

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Riparian Rights of Michigan’s Waterfront Property Owners

  • September 10, 2019
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

Do you own or plan to purchase property near a Michigan lake? If you have concerns about others using your property to access the water without your permission, our free guide to Easements, Access and Riparian rights may be a valuable resource. Download the Free […]

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Fishing, Swimming and Docking Rights at Inland Michigan Lakes

  • September 10, 2019
  • by Adel Nucho

Do you own or plan to purchase property near a Michigan lake? If you have concerns about others using your property to access the water without your permission, our free guide to Easements, Access and Riparian rights may be a valuable resource. Download the Free […]

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Who Decides What Activities Are Religious or Central to a Religious Institution’s Mission?

  • August 29, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

When a government regulation restricts an institution’s religious exercise, the government will often argue that the restricted activity is either not religious or not central to the institution’s religious mission. This issue surfaces in a variety of different cases. It often comes up in Title […]

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Who is responsible for trees on a property line in Michigan?

  • August 11, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

One of the most common questions we receive on property line or easement related question is who is a responsible for trees on a property line. Imagine the scenario where you own land and have a tree near the property line. A large branch grows […]

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Michigan Court of Appeals “Restricts” Restrictive Covenants

  • August 6, 2019
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

Restrictive covenants limit what an owner can do with real property. As such, they are disfavored by the legal system. Thus, when a court interprets restrictive covenants, it will do so narrowly. If a restrictive covenant is not written clearly, a court may not enforce […]

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If You Live in a Subdivision That Contains a Lake, You Likely Have Rights in That Water

  • July 27, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

When it comes to owning interest in land that includes or touchesan inland lake or stream, the law in Michigan is clear: you are considered a riparian landowner. Generally speaking, a riparian landowner holds a bundle of rights, also known as riparian property rights. These […]

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Tips for Appearing Before a Planning Commission

  • July 25, 2019
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

If you would like to develop land, chances are you will need to appear before a planning commission at some point. Appearing before the commission can be an intimidating experience. Even those who’ve appeared before the commission many times make mistakes. While no two planning […]

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