December 2012

December 2012

How do easements work in real estate matters?

An easement is generally described as a nonpossessory interest in another person’s land usually stemming from a want or need to use someone else’s land for which the other person does not have ownership. Basically, an easement allows the holder to use the property, but prevents them from excluding others

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Michigan court denies benefits in frozen sperm case

The determination of heirs is not always a cut-and-dried process. When disputes arise, probate courts oversee estate administration and are often called in to determine how wills, estates and benefits will be divided amongst heirs. Those who are attempting to unravel the will of a deceased loved one should seek

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Redevelopment given green light on 109 acres of land

Residents of Huntington Woods here in Michigan are no strangers to the fact that real estate properties are always evolving, changing the appearance of a town or city, always hopefully for the better. But what many people may not know is that the process is not as simple as just

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Legal mistakes to avoid when becoming a landlord

So you’ve decided to own your own commercial property and become a landlord. You may already be aware of the main things you’ll be responsible for: handling rent payments, maintenance issues, etc. But what you might not be aware of is that there are extensive legal requirements you’re responsible for

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Lincoln’s unwise decision

An estate plan provides guidance to families going through a difficult time. Sometimes, serious illnesses or injuries can occur without warning, leaving once-healthy people unable to state their final wishes. An effective estate plan will save grieving loved ones the added stress of figuring out the wishes of the deceased,

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Detroit pushes for new agricultural zoning laws

Whenever city officials begin talking about changes to zoning laws, it’s always a concern of residents as to what will be “moving in” next door to them. But what if your new neighbor turns out to be a community garden? Or perhaps what is now being dubbed an “urban farm?”

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City negotiates purchase of sculpture park

An interesting story out of Minnesota may give readers of our blog here in Michigan more information about real estate transactions and how property can be transferred from private ownership to public ownership. In Minnesota’s Dakota County sits a sprawling 60 acre chunk of land that boasts a “unique oasis”

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Fidelity study identifies estate-planning issues

Estate planning requires the use of legal instruments, such as wills and trusts, to implement an individual’s wishes after they die. It’s a very important consideration in a person’s life, but a recent study by Fidelity Investment shows many parents do not discuss their estate planning needs adequately with their

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What you need to know about tenant eviction

Thousands of people across the state of Michigan are currently renting a property, and all of those people have more than likely signed some form of a lease agreement with their landlord. But there is the very likely possibility that a majority of those people did not read all of

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Couple sues gas company for breach of contract

It’s very rarely a surprise to some Michigan farmers when companies and land developers come to their properties and ask to use some of their land. Whether it be for resources or because they want to outright buy it, these businesses must enter into an agreement with the property owner

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