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Michigan Landlord Tenant Law

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 by

When you rent property, there are rights and duties each party undertakes. A landlord has a legal obligation to provide you with a residence (actual possession) at the beginning of the leasehold, and you agree to pay your landlord a set amount of money each month. But what happens if there’s a dispute after you

Generally speaking, Michigan has complete civil (tort) immunity regarding governmental functions that cause injury. But, there are some scenarios in which you’re eligible to bring a cause of action and make the government a defendant. If the state is acting in a proprietary function – this is defined as an action that derives a profit

Emotional distress, as you might imagine, occurs when a person’s conduct causes another person’s severe distress. Depending on the relationship between the parties and the way in which the severe distress was caused, there are different avenues of recovery for a plaintiff. Intentional infliction of emotional distress, despite its name, covers both intentional and reckless

Making a Michigan Defamation Claim

Thursday, 30 January 2014 by

Defamation encompasses both libel and slander. A libelous statement is written and a slanderous statement is spoken, but both fall under the broader category known as defamation. Defamatory statements can happen in person, behind your back, or online. What does it take to prevail on a defamation claim? In Michigan, someone pleading defamation must prove:

A 3rd party claim is a claim made outside of your insurer. To sue, you must meet Michigan’s threshold statutory requirement, which includes: • Death • Permanent disfigurement • Serious impairment of a bodily function These are the scenarios you’ll encounter by suing another driver: • Covered party suing another covered party: when both parties

Hello, let’s start with some basics: what’s a premise? A premise is any piece of land or property: a business, your home on a Sunday night for a party, the local park down the street, your school, etc. Landowners owe a duty to the people that enter their land. Depending on the type of land

Take a look at the Michigan dog liability statute: 287.351 Person bitten by dog; liability of owner. Sec. 1. (1) If a dog bites a person, without provocation while the person is on public property, or lawfully on private property, including the property of the owner of the dog, the owner of the dog shall

Welcome to another exciting conversation about Michigan No-Fault insurance! Have you ever asked, “I have insurance, but when can I sue someone who’s injured me?” As we’ve discussed, a 1st party claim is a claim against your own insurer to compensate you for your injuries and property damage. That’s why you bought insurance — for

For the last couple days, we’ve been discussing the statutory No-Fault Insurance policies that all Michigan drivers are required to have. Today let’s talk money: what do you get when you’re involved in a serious car accident? More specifically, what can you collect from your insurer? First things first, there are no pain and suffering

Yesterday we sparked a conversation about the Michigan No-Fault Act, which mandates that all Michigan drivers have No-Fault insurance benefits. To recap: • You must meet the statutory threshold to sue in civil court: death, permanent disfigurement, or a serious impairment of a body function • There’s mandated coverage protection: -$20k per person -$40k per