Michigan Water Rights

In Michigan, you’re never more than 6 miles away from a body of water, which is truly one of the great things about living in our beautiful state. Unfortunately, not all of Michigan’s lakes & streams are free for just anybody to use. Abigail Blackrick has the details.


Partition of Real Estate

A common problem that real estate lawyers have to deal with is a situation where real estate co-owners don’t see eye to eye. Under such circumstances, the law provides a useful procedure; that procedure is called Partition of Real Estate. Mike Figliomeni and Minews26 Reporter Abigail Blackrick have more.


Transferring Property

Taxes are a part of life that is unavoidable, but with smart planning, they can be minimized. By understanding the Michigan laws that affect the transfer of real estate, the amount of property taxes can be kept as low as possible. Mike Figliomeni and Minews26 Reporter Abigail Blackrick explain.


Deeds in Michigan.

Most people know that a deed is a written document that conveys title to real estate. In Michigan, deeds contain the legal description of the property, include the names of the grantor and grantee of the property and may or may not contain certain reservations. Did you know that there are three kinds of deeds […]


What is an easement?

An easement is an interest in real estate that gives one person the right to use another person’s land for a specific purpose. A person that is granted an easement does not own the property but only has a right to use the property. Ownership of the property remains with the owner but that ownership […]


Timber Contracts: What should I know?

Timber is still a big business.  For those with acreage, you may be approached by timber agents offering to timber your property.  They will do all the work and give you some easy money.  Seems simple. However, while there are reputable companies out there, there are also several that are not and caution is necessary. […]


What is adverse possession?

Did you know that, under certain circumstances, a person may acquire ownership of property that does not actually belong to them? The legal doctrine of adverse possession and a related concept called acquiescence, provides a legal basis for someone to claim actual ownership of property that does not otherwise belong to them. This doctrine will […]


What are riparian rights?

Riparian rights are interests in real estate and they automatically are included with most land that is in physical contact with a natural lake or river. Riparian rights include ownership rights in the bed of the lake or river to the center of the lake or to the thread of the river. Riparian rights could […]


Zoning Enabling Act

The Michigan Zoning Enabling Act consolidates all zoning rules into one law. While the law has been in effect since 2006, you may not have noticed the difference, unless you have changed your zoning ordinance. Even if you do not have a zoning proposal on the table, there are two reasons that now is a […]


Planning Enabling Act

The Michigan Planning Enabling Act consolidates all planning rules into one law. It actually became law in 2008, but its “transition” provisions have protected your current land use plan. On July 1, 2011, planning commissions are required to adopt new conflict-of-interest rules. Now is a good time to revisit your bylaws and rules. What does […]