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Michigan Property Owners Entitled to Surplus Funds After Tax Foreclosure

  • July 21, 2020
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

When a property in Michigan is foreclosed and sold at auction due to unpaid taxes, there is rarely any money left after the government pays for the taxes, fees, and expenses. But sometimes there are funds remaining. In one recent case, Oakland County attempted to […]

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Court enjoins County who tried to close a Christian Recovery Home

  • July 10, 2020
  • by Emily

Court order allows City Walk to continue transition home ministry in Wakulla County. A federal court in Tallahassee has entered a preliminary injunction against Wakulla County, Florida, protecting the religious exercise of Dalton & Tomich client City Walk – Urban Mission. The order comes just […]

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Boundary Lines on the Great Lakes

  • July 8, 2020
  • by Admin

Summers in Michigan are second to none. In addition to being home to more than 10,000 inland lakes, we also boast the world-renowned Great Lakes. And many Michiganders own property bordering on one of those Great Lakes. In our Easements, Access and Riparian Rights guide, […]

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Why you should assert your rights immediately

  • 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;; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton;; 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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Court of Appeals Allows Docks and Mooring of Boats in Private Park

  • June 16, 2020
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

One of the more common issues when discussing riparian rights is whether access to a privately dedicated park includes the right to access the water and erect docks. While certain legal principles control the analysis, each case is decided on its own facts. Recently, the […]

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The Reality of Racism and Zoning

  • June 5, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The news of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor is now part of the collective conscious of America.  The senseless deaths has brought the reality of racism into our lives and shaken us to a core. Racism is not new in zoning. Studies have confirmed […]

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Michigan Court Provides More Guidance for Aggrieved Parties

  • May 27, 2020
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

To challenge a local planning or zoning decision in Michigan, one must generally qualify as an “aggrieved party.” Unfortunately, Michigan courts have interpreted the “aggrieved party” term narrowly. This has made it difficult for concerned citizens to challenge problematic decisions in court. However, the Michigan […]

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How Religious Groups May Use Their Facilities to Help the Homeless During the Pandemic

  • March 25, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

An increasing number of state and local governments are issuing “shelter-in-place” or “stay-at-home” orders. But what does that mean for those who have no shelter or home in which to stay? The homeless so often depend on shelters that are already at capacity, making social […]

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Noel W. Sterett named a partner at Dalton & Tomich

  • March 4, 2020
  • by Emily

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus   Communications;; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton;; 248.229.2329 Detroit—March 4, 2020—Daniel Dalton and Zana Tomich, co-founders of Detroit-based land use and business law firm Dalton + Tomich,are pleased to announce attorney Noel W. Sterett has been named a partner. Based in […]

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