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Help! My Neighbor is Flooding My Property!

  • July 2, 2021
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

Disputes between neighbors over the flow of water are nothing new. The water simply has to go somewhere, especially when there’s a lot of it. Recently, there’s been an increase in water issues caused by homes that have been “flipped.” When an old home is […]

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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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How to Rezone Property in Michigan

  • June 11, 2021
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

You purchase a piece of Michigan property and want to develop it. But you soon discover that the property is not zoned for your preferred use. What do you do? Are you out of luck? Not necessarily. There are a few potential ways you could […]

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Variances, Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBAs) and Self-Created Hardships and Practical Difficulties

  • June 9, 2021
  • by Admin

When you seek a variance, you are essentially asking for permission to violate an applicable zoning ordinance.  In other words, it is a request for an exception; a license to do something on or use your property in a manner that would otherwise be prohibited. […]

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Riparian rights, bottomland ownership and underwater trespassing

  • April 30, 2021
  • by Admin

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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Zoning Enforcement and Penalties for Violation

  • October 17, 2020
  • by Admin

For residents in Michigan it is nearly impossible to go a day without being impacted, either directly or indirectly, by local municipal ordinances. This is especially true for zoning ordinances. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of just how significant these impacts can be until they […]

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Vested Rights to Nonconforming Uses under Michigan Zoning Laws

  • September 14, 2020
  • by Admin

When a landowner uses his or her property in a way that becomes contrary to a newly adopted or amended zoning ordinance, the ability of that landowner to continue the prior use is frequently questioned and challenged. From a legal standpoint, any use consistent with […]

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