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Easements and Riparian Rights

Michigan Court of Appeals Rules Subdivision Property Owners Do Not Have Riparian Rights

  • January 15, 2019
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

Often, buyers purchase waterfront property assuming they have the right to access and use the water. If the neighbors in the community all agree and acquiesce to the use, the situation may continue for years without issue. However, when neighbor disputes arise, litigation may produce […]

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Lawrence Opalewski named an Up and Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

  • June 15, 2021
  • by Emily

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—June 14, 2021—Lawrence Opalewski, a zoning, land use, and religious property attorney at Dalton + Tomich, has been named an Up and Coming Lawyer by the legal trade publication Michigan Lawyers Weekly. This […]

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Riparian rights, bottomland ownership and underwater trespassing

  • April 30, 2021
  • by Adel Nucho

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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5 Quick Tips Before Buying Lakefront Property

  • April 9, 2021
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

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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When Do I Need a Dock Permit?

  • February 24, 2021
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

One of the benefits of owning waterfront property in Michigan is the ability to install a dock and moor a boat. For many riparian owners, this is the most valuable and important aspect of their waterfront property. But installing a dock is not always as […]

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Dan Dalton named a 2021 DBusiness Top Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning

  • November 4, 2020
  • by Emily

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus   Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—November 4, 2020—Detroit-based land use, business, and denominational trust law firm Dalton & Tomich is pleased to announce that Daniel P. Dalton, a founding partner of the firm, has been named to the […]

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Lakefront property owner wins disputed strip of land

  • 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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Why you should assert your rights immediately

  • 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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MICHIGAN’S PUBLIC ROAD ENDS AT LAKE LAW

  • October 10, 2019
  • by Admin

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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