Real estate transactions are often complicated and overwhelming for many individuals across Detroit. At Hirzel Law, PLC, our Detroit real estate lawyers pride ourselves on providing the highest quality of legal representation and are ready to assist you with all of your real estate needs. We are here to counsel you on everything in the real estate transaction and modification process, from developing commercial real estate to reviewing deeds.
While today’s real estate environment has grown increasingly intricate, Hirzel Law’s Detroit real estate attorneys bring a wealth of knowledge to residents and businesses to effectively handle whatever real estate matters they encounter across Detroit, Michigan.
We Handle Diverse Real Estate Matters in Detroit
At Hirzel Law, our Detroit real estate lawyers represent homeowners, landlords, real estate developers, and various other commercial clients with real estate litigation. Below are some of the real estate matters we routinely handle for our Detroit clients.
In Detroit, boundary disputes frequently arise when property owners claim title to additional land through the doctrine of adverse possession. Adverse possession disputes often emerge when adjoining property owners argue over whether a deed accurately represents the borders of adjoining properties based on the parties historical use of the properties. In most instances, boundary disputes occur after one property owner claims that the other property owners or their predecessors in title have modified the property boundary lines. Typical claims concerning boundary disputes are related to:
- Adverse possession
At Hirzel Law, our Detroit real estate attorneys are highly experienced in advocating for property owners facing such challenges. We can launch a fact-intensive inquiry into how properties and boundaries have been handled over a certain period and help you establish the correct boundary between properties.
Commercial Real Estate
If you are a commercial real estate developer in Detroit, turn to Hirzel Law’s real estate team to counsel you in all matters relating to land purchases, sales, and commercial development. Our Detroit real estate lawyers are ready to help you with a variety of commercial real estate and development matters, including:
- Construction Contracts
- Construction Liens
- Construction Litigation
- Due Diligence
- Estoppel Letters
- Insurance Analysis
- Land use and zoning requirements
- Letters of intent
- Promissory Notes and Guarantees
- Purchase Agreements
Upon completing the development, our Detroit real estate attorneys can help you protect your investment in the project, handling everything from eviction proceedings to complex real estate litigation.
When it comes to residential development in Detroit, having a knowledgeable real estate attorney on your side can be an invaluable resource. At Hirzel Law, our skilled real estate lawyers assist with all aspects of residential development, helping with matters such as:
- Preparing the master deed and bylaws to establish condominium projects
- Drafting declarations, covenants, and restrictions for subdivisions
- Drafting appropriate rules and regulations for all types of residential developments
- Helping developers obtain the necessary governmental approvals
- Preparing sales documents, like disclosure statements and escrow agreements
- Assisting with the construction of individual homes
- Resolving issues concerning building permits and certificates of occupancy
If you are a developer, you can rest assured knowing that our real estate lawyers will guide you through the entire sale and development period, ensuring that you maintain compliance with the Michigan Condominium Act or Michigan Land Division Act.
One of the most significant real estate issues is establishing the status of title to the property, which proves ownership of the property. If you are involved in a title dispute, do not try to resolve it without legal guidance. Contact our experienced real estate lawyers in Detroit to help negotiate a resolution of the dispute before quiet title litigation is filed.
If necessary, we can file a quiet title action and record a notice of lis pendens with the register of deeds. Quiet title actions can be used to confirm the proper title to property against hostile claimants, and a successful legal action guarantees that claims from any other prospective interest holders are prohibited. Whether negotiating a resolution to a title dispute or addressing claims for superior title or adverse possession, Hirzel Law’s Detroit real estate attorneys safeguard our clients’ interests in real property.
Zoning/Land Use Planning
Under the Zoning Enabling Act, the State of Michigan has appointed its municipalities control over many of the tasks associated with land control and development. While this zoning authority is a dominant means by which a municipality can regulate property within its boundaries, the act outlines governmental zoning’s responsibilities and authority.
The seasoned Detroit real estate lawyers at Hirzel Law handle zoning and land use planning from project conception through municipal approval. We assist builders, developers, and individual property owners in negotiating this process as well as:
- Interpreting ordinances
- Appearing before a board for zoning approval or appeals
- Pursuing a zoning variance
- Splitting lots and obtaining the necessary municipal approval
While litigation is not always required, in some cases, the modifications to a plat—like vacating, correcting, or revising a highway or other land reserved for public use—necessitate the filing of a lawsuit in a Michigan Circuit Court. The circumstances under which a court order is required to revise a plat are defined in the Michigan Land Division Act. Upon entry of a final order, MCL 560.227a sets forth how the property title will vest after vacating.
Our Detroit real estate attorneys are ready to assist you in amending and revising plats, either through litigation or any other methods allowed under the Michigan Land Division Act.
Retain an Experienced Detroit Real Estate Lawyer
At Hirzel Law, PLC, our Detroit real estate lawyers are well versed in Michigan’s real estate laws. Our commitment to staying on the cutting edge of the latest real estate law trends allows us to take on the tough cases in the courtroom while educating our clients on all potential outcomes. Our real estate attorneys have earned multiple awards for our work, including awards from Best Lawyers, the Community Association Institute’s College of Community Association Lawyers, Leading Lawyers, Michigan Top Lawyers, and Super Lawyers. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality of legal representation and are ready to assist you with all of your real estate legal needs. To speak with one of our experienced Detroit real estate lawyers today, complete a contact form or call 248-986-2290.