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The Three Types of Nuisance Claims Under Michigan Law

  • June 7, 2019
  • by Alex Reuter

In everyday conversation it is not uncommon to hear, “he’s just being a nuisance,” or, “that is such a nuisance.” But what actually is a nuisance? More specifically, when does a person’s (or entity’s) conduct become so inappropriate that it rises to the level necessary […]

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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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More liquor licenses could be coming to Detroit, but getting one may still be complicated

  • May 22, 2019
  • by Zana Tomich

A total of 63 new Detroit liquor licenses could be issued, according to a recent article by Crain’s Detroit Business. I had the pleasure of chatting with reporter Kurt Nagl about the development. While this is good news for bars and restaurants hoping to attain […]

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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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Dalton & Tomich PLC guides Greenleaf Township, Michigan to victory in Federal Court litigation

  • January 7, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  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 […]

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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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The Michigan Zoning Enabling Act: Who is an “Aggrieved Party”?

  • October 8, 2018
  • by Admin

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 […]

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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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Eight Things To Know About Buying and Selling Waterfront Property

  • July 11, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

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 […]

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Detroit Land Use & Zoning

  • November 15, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

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 […]

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