First-time renter searching for rent listings on laptop

For Rent

A first apartment brings not only new freedoms, but also new responsibilities, such as dealing with a landlord and roommates and paying a security deposit. Understanding some legal basics might help renters navigate these new situations. In Michigan,… Read More
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Tangled Title

Tangled Title

Recently, frantic ads have warned that thieves can record forged documents to steal title to your home. While title theft insurance companies claim to offer protection to homeowners, there are a few things to consider before purchasing a policy: A fo… Read More
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One Too Many

One Too Many

The Court of Appeals recently issued a warning to bar owners: refuse to serve alcohol to visibly intoxicated customers or pay up. In Borkowski v. Niles, the defendant drank for six hours at American Legion before attempting to drive home. As you woul… Read More
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Is Privateering on the Ho…

Is Privateering on the Horizon?

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs is considering a bill that would authorize President Biden to issue “Letters of Marque and Reprisal.” If you have never heard of Letters of Marque and Reprisal, you are not alone. Letters of Marque allow civ… Read More
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Do You Own Your Dog? Prov…

Do You Own Your Dog? Prove It.

For most owners, their dogs are part of the family. Under Michigan law, however, dogs (and other companion animals) are classified as mere personal property. Ownership of a car may be proven by title registered with the Secretary of State. But how do… Read More
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Which Type of Trust Is Ri…

Which Type of Trust Is Right for Your Estate Plan?

When done right, an estate plan can help make certain that a person’s assets will be easily passed on to the correct people after death. Not planning properly may cause family conflict, higher tax burdens, and the excessive time and costs of pr… Read More
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Pets at Work

Pets at Work

Over 12 million American households adopted a pet during the pandemic. With the increase in pet ownership, more employees may be asking to bring their new companions with them upon return to the office. Do employers have to allow employees to bring t… Read More
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Relief for Renters

Relief for Renters

Last week, the Supreme Court ended the CDC’s eviction moratorium, and landlords may now evict residential tenants for nonpayment of rent. The moratorium was intended to protect tenants while state and local governments distributed $46.5 billion in… Read More
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Commercial Landlords &…

Commercial Landlords & Cannabis Leases

Tenants who intend to operate a marijuana business must negotiate for substantial changes to the boilerplate provisions of the landlord’s form lease. There are several factors to consider when navigating a new lease: Most leases allow the landl… Read More
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Lien In

Lien In

Disputes between contractors and homeowners are common. The owner runs out of funds midway through the project and cannot pay what is owed to the builder. The owner is unhappy with the quality of work and refuses to pay until the alleged mistakes are… Read More
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