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Does Your Community Association Have a Vaping Problem?

Does Your Community Association Have a Vaping Problem?

Electronic cigarettes (or “e-cigarettes”) were first introduced into the U.S. market in the mid-2000s (see here) but only recently garnered national attention when e-cigarette smokers began developing mysterious lung injuries, some of which have been fatal (see here)....

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Kevin Hirzel elected to the Community Associations Institute’s Board of Trustees

Kevin Hirzel elected to the Community Associations Institute’s Board of Trustees

Kevin Hirzel, the Managing Member of Hirzel Law, PLC, was elected to a two (2) year term on the Community Associations Institute (“CAI”) Board of Trustees that commences on January 1, 2020.  CAI is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees that is selected from its...

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ANNOUNCING THE ADDITION OF MICHAEL D. MCCULLOCH, ESQ., TO THE FIRM

ANNOUNCING THE ADDITION OF MICHAEL D. MCCULLOCH, ESQ., TO THE FIRM

Hirzel Law, PLC Welcomes Michael D. McCulloch, Esq., to the firm Michael D. McCulloch, Esq. joined Hirzel Law, PLC in December of 2019. He focuses his practice on condominium law, real estate law and estate planning and litigation. He graduated from Michigan State...

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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...

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MCL 559.167: MICHIGAN COURT OF APPEALS RULES THAT DEVELOPER LOST RIGHT TO CONSTRUCT UNITS ON COMMON ELEMENT LAND

MCL 559.167: MICHIGAN COURT OF APPEALS RULES THAT DEVELOPER LOST RIGHT TO CONSTRUCT UNITS ON COMMON ELEMENT LAND

Kevin Hirzel, Brandan Hallaq, Kayleigh Long and Joe Wloszek of Hirzel Law, PLC represented the Cove Creek Condominium Association in this case. In Cove Creek Condo Ass'n v Vistal Land & Home Dev, LLC, __ Mich App __; __ NW2d __(2019), issued December 19, 2019...

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HIRZEL LAW, PLC IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR NEW TRAVERSE CITY OFFICE!

HIRZEL LAW, PLC IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR NEW TRAVERSE CITY OFFICE!

Hirzel Law, PLC is pleased to announce that it is opening a second office in Traverse City, Michigan in January 2020 to better serve its northern Michigan clients.  The new office is located at 1001 Bay St., Suite B, Traverse City, Michigan. The firm is also proud to...

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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...

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WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CARRYING INSURANCE ON A CONDOMINIUM?

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CARRYING INSURANCE ON A CONDOMINIUM?

Introduction For many people, purchasing a home is the largest investment they will make in their lifetime. While owning real estate should be considered an investment, it should also be viewed as a risk. Aside from the risk that the property will decrease in value,...

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HB 5260: EXEMPTING CONDOMINIUMS FROM THE MARKETABLE RECORD TITLE ACT

HB 5260: EXEMPTING CONDOMINIUMS FROM THE MARKETABLE RECORD TITLE ACT

As previously discussed in, Amendment to the Marketable Record Title Act puts Michigan Restrictive Covenants at Risk, the Michigan Marketable Record Title Act, MCL 565.101, eq seq., was amended at the end of 2018, via 2018 PA 572, and may have unforeseen consequences...

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THE EVOLVING LANDSCAPE OF SEX DISCRIMINATION IN HOUSING

THE EVOLVING LANDSCAPE OF SEX DISCRIMINATION IN HOUSING

Aimee Stephens worked as a funeral director for R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Home in Garden City, Michigan for several years. Throughout that time, she struggled with her gender identity and, in 2013, she began dressing as a woman at work. The funeral home’s dress...

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