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On the Waterfront: Fighting Lakefront Erosion Through Easement Maintenance

On the Waterfront: Fighting Lakefront Erosion Through Easement Maintenance

On February 12, 2020, the Ottawa County Circuit Court issued a decision in the consolidated cases Duke, et al v Wittenbach, et al, Case No 19-5989-CH and Wittenbach v Duke, et al, Case No 19-5995-CH.  The Duke cases are interesting because at first glance they appear...
The Dangers of Owning Property as Joint Tenants with Full Rights of Survivorship

The Dangers of Owning Property as Joint Tenants with Full Rights of Survivorship

There are several ways in which property can be held by multiple owners.  For married couples, one of the most commonly used estates is the tenancy by the entireties.  It provides a right of survivorship that enables a surviving spouse to hold property without having...
RESOLVING SATELLITE DISH LOCATION DISPUTES: SASTIN 2, LLC V HEMINGWAY ASSOCIATION, INC

RESOLVING SATELLITE DISH LOCATION DISPUTES: SASTIN 2, LLC V HEMINGWAY ASSOCIATION, INC

Homeowner associations often seek to exercise architectural control over exterior structures within their communities which impact community aesthetics.  For some issues, however, an association’s concern over the form of a structure potentially impacts its function...
Amending Deed Restrictions: Giving Meaning to Successive Terms without Ignoring Declarant Intent

Amending Deed Restrictions: Giving Meaning to Successive Terms without Ignoring Declarant Intent

Introduction Restrictive covenants in Michigan are valuable property rights and have been effectively used to assist in the orderly development of Michigan communities.  The rights contained in restrictive covenants are used by developers to implement their community...
HB 4503 and SB 329: Recent Skirmishes Regarding Short-Term Rentals  and Their Effect on Community Associations

HB 4503 and SB 329: Recent Skirmishes Regarding Short-Term Rentals and Their Effect on Community Associations

            Tourism is a major part of the Michigan economy and its significance continues to grow.  From 2010 through 2014 tourism employment growth even outpaced overall state employment growth.  Further, for each month between 2015 and 2017, Michigan’s visitor...