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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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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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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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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 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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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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