One of the best compliments an attorney can have is when an opposing party hires the attorney who sued them in a subsequent case to defend its interest or pursue a claim. This happened to our firm when Dalton & Tomich, PLC was hired […]Read More
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 […]Read More
The Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, MCL 125.3101 et seq. (“MZEA”), authorizes municipalities to create zoning ordinances that regulate land use within their borders. The MZEA also requires that zoning ordinances create a Zoning Board of Appeals (“ZBA”) for each municipality. MCL 125.3601(1). The ZBA’s decisions are […]Read More
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 […]Read More
Owning waterfront land is not easy. Depending on the state you live in, the land that’s adjacent to a body of water normally carries with it certain rights relative to that body of water. Although water rights may vary according to federal, state and local law […]Read More
In addition to the land use and zoning work that we do for religious organizations around the United States, and the donation and collection bin cases wherein we have successfully asserted First Amendment Free Speech claims, we have been working with local property owners and […]Read More
Are there any claims available to a property owner whose property has been either physically taken, or rendered useless through zoning regulations under Michigan law? The answer is yes; a property owner may assert an inverse condemnation claim in limited circumstances. A claim for inverse […]Read More
In Michigan, condominium developments are regulated by the Michigan Condominium Act, MCL §559.101 et seq. (“The Act”). The Act was adopted in 1978 and provides detailed regulations for most aspects of condominium living, including selling, voting, financing, assessing, and terminating a condominium association and its units. […]Read More
Michigan law provides that local governments have the power to re-zone property under a rather broad set of criteria. Can a property owner challenge the re-zoning? The answer is yes, but, be aware of the case law and its unique nuances when making the judicial […]Read More
When does a community go too far in enforcing its zoning ordinances? A recent Michigan Court of Appeals decision answered this question in a recent case where a Township sought a court Order to remove three buildings built without zoning permits and not only lost, […]Read More
The attorneys of Dalton & Tomich, PLC have the experience and the knowledge to work with you to develop a legal solution that helps accomplish your goals. Our collaborative approach has helped leaders like you grow businesses and banks, develop and expand churches, and build nonprofit organizations nationwide.
In my role as Administrative Bishop for the Church of God, quite often we are faced with issues that involve local governments and municipalities. Many of these issues that arise in dealing with entities are land use related. I have found Dalton & Tomich’s experience and expertise in this area to be a valuable resource and asset in every situation.
Never one time during a year-long litigation process did Dalton & Tomich demonstrate anything other than Christ-like professionalism. They managed the legal details, while we continued to do church. How they managed themselves, managed our case, and represented our church set the table for me and our church to be where we are today.
Dalton & Tomich’s expertise and experience helped us through a very difficult legal journey, ultimately achieving a favorable outcome. Their personal interest in helping us went “above and beyond” just the call of duty.