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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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Lake Access for Michigan Back-Lot Owners

  • May 31, 2019
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

If you own property on an in-land Michigan lake, you typically enjoy riparian rights to that lake. You can read more about riparian rights here and here. But what about back-lot property owners on an in-land lake? Are back-lot owners completely shut out of lake […]

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What is a Quiet Title Action in Michigan Property Law?

  • April 30, 2019
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

Every Michigan property owner should have an understanding of the legal concept known as “quiet title.” This can be especially true for owners of Michigan lakefront and other waterfront property, but could apply to any property owner. Property ownership has many benefits. But sometimes complications […]

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Supreme Court Upholds Rights of Beach-walkers on Lake Michigan

  • February 26, 2019
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

Last week, the United States Supreme Court confirmed that the Lake Michigan shoreline in Indiana is held by the State in public trust for all residents. The Court effectively did this by denying a petition for certiorari by lakefront landowners which sought to challenge the […]

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How Michigan Courts Handle Neighbor Water Runoff Issues

  • November 5, 2018
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

As land use attorneys, we get many questions regarding water rights. These questions typically involve lake or river access and navigation. These questions generally fall under the category of riparian rights. One water question that does not fall neatly into the riparian category is the […]

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Access to a lake: Michigan easements and docking rights

  • September 28, 2018
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

  It is no secret that landowners who abut a body of water (riparian owners) often deal with others attempting to access that water. Earlier this year, the Court of Appeals of Michigan dealt with a case involving a riparian owner who brought suit after […]

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