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August 2013 Archives

Property line causes dispute between homeowner and city

When it comes to property lines, disputes can arise from just about anything. This is especially true if one neighbor does not like what the other neighbor is doing on their side of the property line. Some of our readers here in Michigan may have experienced something similar and know that these types of property disputes can lead to litigation in order to find a resolution.

What are the responsibilities of a Michigan executor?


No matter how big an estate a person leaves behind when they pass, some issues will need to be attended to. There could be bills to pay and assets to sell or give away. Rarely, do people have zero estate administration issues following their death. In order to deal with these issues, Michigan residents need to create an estate plan. This plan, which will likely include a will, can handle all foreseeable estate issues. Part of this plan should also include naming an executor of the estate.

Mother seeks justice in apartment fire that killed her child

If a property owner knows about potential safety risks and does nothing to remedy the problems, then that property owner can be held liable for any injuries or deaths that occur on the property. At least, that’s what the law here in Michigan tells us and is relatively similar to other real estate laws established in many other states.

Construction defects force builder to make $43.2 million repairs

During the housing bubble in 2008, hundreds of thousands of homes were hastily constructed across the nation to meet the demand. Unfortunately, some of these homes were not built properly and may be violating constriction codes. Everything from defective building materials to cost-cutting measures to the employment of unskilled labor could be to blame for these violations; but as readers of our blog know, these violations could become huge problems for homeowners down the road.

Michigan residents may want to consider a bypass trust


People work their entire lives in order to be able to live comfortably. Over time people acquire personal property that help people enjoy life and eventually retire. A lot of the time, people will have money or other assets that they want to be able to pass on to their family when they die. Since people cannot take assets with them, certain legal tools have developed so people can distribute their assets.

MSU’s Spartan Stadium to get $24.5 million face lift

A lot of planning went into what will become the new Spartan stadium on the campus of Michigan State University. Athletic administrators wanted to give athletes and their families the experience they deserved and the fans a stadium worth cheering in. But there was a lot to hammer out before the first shovel could be lifted to break ground on the site.

Should condo owners in Michigan worry about sinkholes?

If you’re like most of our readers, you’ve probably heard about the gigantic sinkhole that opened up beneath a condominium recently, swallowing half of s building and leaving dozens of people without housing. Though many of the sinkholes reported in the last few months have mostly occurred in Florida, some people here in Michigan may be wondering if this is a problem they should be worrying about as well.

Michigan estate plans should be reviewed regularly


A lot of people in Michigan have prepared a plan for what they would like to see happen when they die. Maybe, with the help of an attorney, they have prepared a will or set up a trust. Maybe they have assigned beneficiaries for bank accounts or written a living will. Whatever it is, people usually have some sort of estate plan in place. While this estate planning is essential to make things easier on people's loved ones, people should not just create their estate plan and forget about it.

Michigan judge denies stay on eviction process for disabled man

Bad news was delivered by Judge Michael Klaeren in the 12th District Circuit court this month to a disabled man who had been fighting eviction from his Napoleon Township home. Fighting the eviction process since 2010, the recent court order to leave his home by the end of August was just another blow of bad luck to the Michigan man.

Estate planning important in Michigan to avoid probate battles


America is getting older. Every year, baby boomers are inching closer and closer to retirement age. As these baby boomers age, they need to consider estate planning issues. While the loss of a loved one is never an easy thing to face, waiting to plan for a person's death can have detrimental effects on a person's estate. Without the right strategies, Michigan residents may end up dealing with negative tax implications or end up in long drawn out legal battles.

Things to consider when having a boundary dispute with neighbors

When it comes to property lines in urban and even some suburban areas, most people don’t think too much about the boundaries of their properties. That’s usually because, in these areas, property lines are dictated by fences put up long ago, which are hardly ever argued when the property passes from one owner to the next.

Landlord in 'hot water' after Michigan local scalded by shower

While most recent high school graduates here in Michigan are likely more worried about where they are going to go to college, others are more worried about where they are going to stay, especially if that school is out of state. It’s a lot of pressure to be living on your own for the first time and as some of our readers will attest, there is a lot of concern about whether they’re putting themselves in a bad situation or not.

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