Riparian Rights | Dalton and Tomich

PROTECTING YOUR FAIR ACCESS TO THE WATER

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IF YOU FIND YOURSELF EXPERIENCING A RIPARIAN RIGHTS CONFLICT, WE CAN HELP. CALL US TODAY (313) 859-6000!

You bought a piece of waterfront property that you hoped would be a peaceful oasis for your family or a strategic location for your business. But now, access to the water is being blocked or you’re dealing with nuisances from your neighbor’s dock or use of the waterway.

If you find yourself experiencing a riparian rights conflict, we can help.

You can trust Dalton & Tomich’s Michigan-based attorneys who have decades of experience in the various types of waterways in Michigan and your rights to access them. We can quickly assess your case, help you understand your rights, protect property values, and fight for the ability to enjoy your home, or operate your business as desired.

Together, we preserve the beauty, navigability, and responsible use of our lakes and waterways.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU?

  • You want to build a dock but are getting opposition from neighbors and the local community.
  • Your neighbor wants to build a dock and you have concerns about infringement on your property or navigability of the waterway.
  • A neighbor’s dock or access to the waterway has resulted in issues with noise, food tracks, or other disturbances.
  • You believe you have a right to access the water, but a local property owner says you do not.
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No matter what side of the issue you find yourself on, we know the legal steps to take to protect the desired use of your property and will represent you each step of the way, shielding you from high-confict situations and seeking a peaceful resolution of the issue.

FREE GUIDE TO RIPARIAN RIGHTS AND LAKE ACCESS

Understand your rights and options when it comes to docks, water access, and fair use of our waterways.

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THE THREE-STEP RIPARIAN RIGHTS PROCESS

If you find yourself facing a riparian rights dispute, we will walk you through a three-step process to help you understand your options and defend your rights.

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CONSULTATION

In a complimentary consultation, we learn about your situation and the issue you’re facing.

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ANALYSIS + PLAN

After this, our frst step is to analyze your case, review documents, and determine your rights and chances of winning the dispute. We provide our opinion and next steps to you. This analysis alone holds tremendous value for our clients as it helps them understand their rights, the best course of action, and if it’s worth pursuing litigation.

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LEGAL ACTION

If you decide to move forward with your case, we then begin taking legal action. We try to stay out of court where possible, first trying letters and other forms of resolution. However, our lawyers are skilled litigators and will see your case through the entire process if going to court becomes necessary.

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RIPARIAN RIGHTS LAWYERS WORKING ON YOUR SIDE

LARRY OPALEWSKI

PRACTICES IN: MICHIGAN

Larry Opalewski is a partner at Dalton & Tomich. He focuses his practice on riparian rights, land use and zoning litigation, and constitutional and civil rights litigation. He has signifcant experience in all aspects of litigation and has represented individuals, religious institutions, small to mid-size businesses, large businesses, and municipalities. Larry was selected as a “Rising Star” litigator by Super Lawyers from 2017-2021.

ADEL NUCHO

PRACTICES IN: MICHIGAN

Adel N. Nucho is an associate attorney at the firm’s Detroit office. A fiercely determined and detail-oriented litigator, he represents clients in a variety of matters and is known to exceed client expectations. Adel has meaningful experience in municipal matters relating to land use regulations and ordinances, including water rights of property owners on and around Michigan’s inland lakes and rivers.

RESOLVE CONFLICT QUICKLY SO YOU CAN ENJOY YOUR WATERFRONT PROPERTY

We protect your fair access to the water so that you’re able to enjoy it without extra burdens from the state or neighbors.

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