HOA Bylaws: Not an End Around Existing Covenants

A homeowners association (HOA), through its bylaws, mandated preapproval of all new development by an architectural control committee, created additional building standards, and required submission of a fee for all plans. Property owners, who were seeking to build more homes, sued the HOA in an effort to invalidate these new requirements. In Conlin v. Upton, 313 […]

Homeowners Association Bylaws: Not an End-Around of Existing Covenants

A homeowners association in Michigan, through its bylaws, mandated preapproval of all new development by an architectural control committee, created additional building standards, and required submission of a fee for all plans, none of which were in the restrictive covenants of the neighborhood. Property owners, who were seeking to build homes, sued the homeowners association […]

Eliminate Non-Competes In Michigan?: HB 4198

Non-compete clauses are often found in employment contracts, whereby the employee normally agrees not to enter into or start a similar business or profession that competes against the employer. From the employer/business owner perspective, non-compete clauses protect a business’s trade secrets and confidential information by preventing employees from quitting one company and working for a […]

Over 240 Arrests By The FBI For Largest Medicare Fraud Bust In History

On June 18, 2015, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, accompanied by FBI Director James B. Comey and members of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), announced the largest Medicare fraud bust in history. This bust ended with 243 individuals, including 46 licensed medical professionals, being arrested […]

Avoid Common Lease Mistakes Made By Residential Landlords

Time and time again, we see landlords encounter issues with tenants that were completely avoidable. A well drafted lease can include provisions that safeguard landlords against some very typical problems and save the landlord time and money in the future. One of the most common problems encountered by a landlord is a tenant that is […]

Forming an LLC – Why Hire an Attorney?

To the internet savvy, which applies to most of us today, it is not difficult to find forms to create your own limited liability company – known as the LLC. In Michigan, to form an LLC, all you really need to do is pick out a name for your company (that isn’t already taken) and […]