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Boundry
10 May 2018

Why Real Estate Surveys Are Important

Miller Johnson real estate attorneys Rachel Hillegonds, Karen Custer and Alan Schwartz discuss real estate surveys and why it is important to get one in a real estate transaction.  Additional topics include types of surveys, what information surveyors need to successfully complete a survey, and reviewing the survey and title documents for discrepancies.

 
Construction Zone
24 April 2018

Construction Contracts Do’s and Don’ts

Miller Johnson attorneys Jeff Ammon and Matt Van Dyk talk about construction contracts. They will be discussing Do’s and Don’ts as well at tips and traps for owners as well as contractors. The most commonly used contracts are from the form set from the American Institute of Architects (AIA Forms). Jeff and Matt talk contract […]

Michigan Supreme Court
10 April 2018

How Michigan Supreme Court Decision Helps Chari...

Miller Johnson attorneys JJ Henn, Bob O’Brien and Dan Perk discuss the recent Michigan Supreme Court decision in Baruch SLS, Inc. v. Twp of Tittabawassee and the decision that clarified charitable property tax exemption to charitable organizations. This decision is important for a couple of reasons. First, this decision will apply to all nonprofits that […]

Business Agreement
27 March 2018

Understanding SNDAs with Landlords, Tenants and...

Miller Johnson attorneys Alan Schwartz, Matt Van Dyk and Jim Ens discuss Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment agreements, otherwise know as SNDAs, and the relative rights of commercial tenants and lenders who hold mortgages on the property that is being leased. Alan, Matt and Jim cover the terminology used in SNDAs, what an SNDA accomplishes, why […]

Section 1031 Exchanges
13 March 2018

Pros & Cons of Section 1031 Exchanges When...

In this podcast Jim Ens, Cindy Ortega and J.J. Henn discuss Section 1031 Exchanges, also referred to as deferred like-kind exchanges. Topics covered include what is a Section 1031 Exchange and when is it used, what is the benefit of using this sales vehicle, along with who is involved in this type of transaction and […]

Leases
27 February 2018

Triple Net Leases vs Gross Leases

Jeff Ammon, Jim Ens and Cindy Ortega discuss Triple Net Leases and Gross Leases.  Topics covered include things to look out for specific to each type of lease, who typically uses each type of lease, what are the pitfalls and protections for landlords and tenants for each type, managing lease expectations, issues related to insurance […]

Zoning Change
13 February 2018

Tips for Getting a Zoning Change Approved

Miller Johnson real estate attorneys Jeff Ammon, Cindy Ortega and Matt VanDyk discuss Zoning Administrators in this latest podcast.  Listen while they give dos and don’ts when you find you need to request a zoning change like a change in use, variances, or setbacks.    Additional info on locating the zoning map or master plan for […]

Commercial building
18 January 2018

Understanding Uncapping of Commercial Property ...

Miller Johnson real estate attorneys Cindy Ortega, Matt Van Dyk and Eric Starck focus on uncapping of Michigan property taxes in commercial transactions in this podcast episode.  Topics include property tax terminology, how is a property’s taxable value determined, when does a property’s taxable value get reset, or “uncapped,” to the state’s estimated value, timing of […]

2017
11 January 2018

Looking Back at Our 2017 Privacy and Cybersecur...

We ended 2017 by making predictions about what 2018 will bring to the privacy and cybersecurity world.  We’ll start 2018 by looking at how we fared in our 2017 predictions.  Spoiler alert, we nailed it. Expansion of Breach Notification Requirements We’ll give ourselves half credit for this one. While some states took action, Michigan did not […]