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Michigan Court Reviews 19th Century Surveying Practice to Decide a 21st Century Lakefront Property Dispute

  • August 7, 2020
  • by Adel Nucho

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 […]

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Michigan Property Owners Entitled to Surplus Funds After Tax Foreclosure

  • July 21, 2020
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

When a property in Michigan is foreclosed and sold at auction due to unpaid taxes, there is rarely any money left after the government pays for the taxes, fees, and expenses. But sometimes there are funds remaining. In one recent case, Oakland County attempted to […]

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Dalton & Tomich Secures Injunction against Wakulla County, FL on behalf of City Walk – Urban Mission

  • July 10, 2020
  • by Emily

Court order allows City Walk to continue transition home ministry in Wakulla County. A federal court in Tallahassee has entered a preliminary injunction against Wakulla County, Florida, protecting the religious exercise of Dalton & Tomich client City Walk – Urban Mission. The order comes just […]

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Boundary Lines on the Great Lakes

  • July 8, 2020
  • by Alex Reuter

Summers in Michigan are second to none. In addition to being home to more than 10,000 inland lakes, we also boast the world-renowned Great Lakes. And many Michiganders own property bordering on one of those Great Lakes. In our Easements, Access and Riparian Rights guide, […]

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Lakefront Properties and Boundary Line Disputes

  • June 29, 2020
  • by Adel Nucho

  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 […]

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Know your (water) rights before purchasing that lakefront home

  • June 23, 2020
  • by Emily

Land use attorney highlights eight considerations when buying waterfront property Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—June 23, 2020—Outdoor recreation seekers are flocking to the water now that summer is here and states have begun relaxing their COVID-19 restrictions, […]

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The Reality of Racism and Zoning

  • June 5, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The news of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor is now part of the collective conscious of America.  The senseless deaths has brought the reality of racism into our lives and shaken us to a core. Racism is not new in zoning. Studies have confirmed […]

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Michigan Court Provides More Guidance for Aggrieved Parties

  • May 27, 2020
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

To challenge a local planning or zoning decision in Michigan, one must generally qualify as an “aggrieved party.” Unfortunately, Michigan courts have interpreted the “aggrieved party” term narrowly. This has made it difficult for concerned citizens to challenge problematic decisions in court. However, the Michigan […]

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Evidence in Claim for Fraud in the Sale of a Home

  • April 25, 2020
  • by Alex Reuter

When buying or selling a home, there are many obligations and rights that dictate not only the sale, but also the future liabilities of those involved. In particular, a seller may be liable even years after the sale for failing to disclose issues with the […]

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How Religious Groups May Use Their Facilities to Help the Homeless During the Pandemic

  • March 25, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

An increasing number of state and local governments are issuing “shelter-in-place” or “stay-at-home” orders. But what does that mean for those who have no shelter or home in which to stay? The homeless so often depend on shelters that are already at capacity, making social […]

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