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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Business Formation for Michigan on
Q: does a foreign llc in michigan with certificate of authority for xyz llc. need dba if using another name

Specifically, MICHIGAN LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ACT (EXCERPT)

Act 23 of 1993, requires the following.

Sec. 206. (1) A domestic or foreign limited liability company may transact business under an assumed name or names other than its name as set forth in its articles of organization... Read more »

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Jan 28, 2023

According to the sections you cited, yes, which is consistent with the statutory scheme.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning and Probate for Michigan on
Q: As the beneficiary of

As the beneficiary of a deceased insured, do I have the legal right to give the insurance company authorization to

Disclose the deceased, personal medical information? I am the deceased’s wife. They want me to sign a paper and give them that right. Is that legal for me to do? I did have... Read more »

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Jan 25, 2023

The Michigan statutes on decisions to be made regarding the body of a dead person use the term "next of kin" to refer to the class of persons who can make such decisions. As the widow, you would be the "next of kin". Therefore, you would be a person with authority to make... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: Do I get to keep my *prospective* business

I wanted to start a business back in 2019. I went through the process of choosing the perfect name, narrowing down my niche, choosing products, etc.

While going through that, I had a "business savvy" boyfriend. He wanted to be a part of it, and quickly started trying to take... Read more »

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Jan 22, 2023

Your question should be analyzed as whether property rights, or rights with respect to competition law, have arisen. Is there a copyright, whether or not registered? A potential claim for unfair competition? An outright theft of information? I cannot tell.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: So I'm being sued from an apartment from 4 years ago. I paid my month to month and notified them of my leave.

It was agreed I pay month to month after March as I was in the process of looking and buying a home, which I found in April and was moved in by May 2018. I moved out at the end of May notified the complex like agreed and left the keys, four years later I'm being sued for June and July rent,... Read more »

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Jan 5, 2023

Did you sign a lease that obligated you to pay rent for a period of time that extended past the date on which you moved out? I suspect that there was a lease, and it went through July 2018. If so, the fact that you notified the landlord of your intention to move probably makes no difference.

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: Is saying that an easement or an amendment to an easement "is appurtenant to the (dominant name) parcels" sufficient to

ensure it runs to successors. (ie "runs with the land") in a recorded document.

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Dec 30, 2022

One cannot determine in the abstract whether that’s sufficient. I would want to look at the whole document and entire transaction. One example of a phrase that would clarify that it runs with the land is “the easement runs with the land”.

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: I am in a land contract in Michigan and the owner of the deed is an incorrectly recorded ledger. What are we entitled to

I'm sorry he *has* an incorrectly recorded ledger.

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Dec 12, 2022

Or, if you have paid off the land contract, you might bring an action to require the seller to deliver the deed.

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3 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: Do attorneys in a city tend to avoid taking preexisting cases where an attorney has been let ago even if it has been win

winning in the courts. Our attorney filed a motion to enforce a mediation agreement without our permission and has other small missteps because he appears to want to be done yet we don't know if another attorney will take us. Our case is good.

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Nov 28, 2022

I don't have enough information to answer your question, but here are some observations:

1. If both sides accepted case evaluation, then the attorney should not need your permission to proceed to obtain a judgment.

2. If you agreed in mediation to a settlement, then it may...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: Can you leave your half of a house in a will or trust with joint ownership? Two people on mortgage and deed?

Can my boyfriend will or trust his half of our joint ownership house to someone? Put his half in a will?

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Nov 20, 2022

No, joint ownership includes survivorship, meaning that the survivor of the joint tenants takes title. A tenant in common could devise or place in trust his interest as a tenant in common.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: We own our own home and land. We are in our 80's. What I want to know is what do we have to do to put our daughters name

didn't let me finish to put our daughters name on the place.

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Nov 17, 2022

The simplest way is to execute a quit-claim deed to your daughter as grantee. However, you should consult with an attorney to explore the options available. Do you intend that she own the property outright, immediately? Do you intend to co-own it with her until your death so that she takes title... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: Hello Does a Land contract Forfeiture have to be filed in the city in which the property is located?

Home is located in Burton Michigan Forfeiture was filed in Davison Michigan

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Oct 18, 2022

This is from the website of the state district court in Davison: "Davison Court serves Davison Township, Forest Township, Richfield Township, Atlas Township, City of Davison, Village of Goodrich and Village of Otisville." The 67th District Court also has a location in Burton. I would... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Michigan on
Q: The neighbors dead tree fell on my daughters car completely destroying her sunroof and back window. Not from a storm

There was no storm, the tree was dying and neglected by the neighbor, causing it to snap and fall on my daughters car, completely destroying her sunroof and back window. Can we sue the neighbor for the damages in small claims court? We have lots of pictures and videos.

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Sep 6, 2022

The neighbor's potential liability is for negligence, and if he or she should have been aware of the issue, that strengthens the claim. Did you inform the neighbor, prior to the tree fall, that the tree was a hazard?

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Michigan on
Q: If an attorney signs a contract without clients knowledge, where attorney had no power of attorney is that contract lega

Is that contract voidable

Never ever once did he allow his client to view the contract he he signed and approved not once and he had no authority, nor did he a power of attorney to do anything on his client's behalf without clients knowledge

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Aug 11, 2022

This is a question of "apparent authority" on the part of the attorney, as an agent of the client. Under that doctrine, the contract might be enforceable. Whether it is enforceable will depend upon the specific facts. It is possible that it is enforceable. That does not, however,... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Michigan on
Q: Is my mentally ill adult daughter liable for an apt lease she signed?

My adult daughter, who is presently already under an apt lease (since Dec 2021) in her hometown in Michigan, signed a one year lease for an apartment in Chicago while on medications (still is) to treat a mental illness.

She went thru a broker who keeps the first month's rent... Read more »

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Aug 1, 2022

The issue under Michigan law is whether she had the ability to understand what she was signing. I agree that the diagnosis does not answer the question. Were she to be sued, she would have to convince the court of her defense, which might require expert testimony. Further, the landlord would... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Collections for Michigan on
Q: Does my sister (a senior) have to pay her recently deceased husband’s medical bills?
Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Jul 20, 2022

We would need to know whether she agreed to guaranty payment. I would guess that she did not, but providers of medical services do sometimes ask for a guaranty.

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3 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: In disclosure the seller said a hot tub would not stay. We asked to keep in via the PA, they signed it. Who has rights?

The sellers are now saying they will not leave the hot tub despite the PA agreement they signed. Not sure how to proceed.

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Jul 18, 2022

From the information provided, it appears that you have a contract to purchase the tub. The sellers should comply with it or they risk a suit by you.

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: What happens to a revocable land trust when is terminates/expires?

I am a co-trustee on a revocable land trust originally designed to generate cash for our children's education. Neither child needed it for that purpose. Our divorce agreement states it will terminate upon our youngest turning 30. It does not specify what happens at termination. I am not aware... Read more »

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Jun 30, 2022

We would need to see the trust agreement to determine whether the property reverts to the grantor(s), or whether title vests in the beneficiaries. If the trust is still revocable (because the grantor(s) are alive, the grantors could revoke the trust and own the property as they choose. There is... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for Michigan on
Q: I'm in Michigan. I was terminated off a general contractors job. Is it legal for him to hold on to my equipment?
Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Jun 30, 2022

No. There are no facts tgat yiu have provided that would support the general contractor’s holding onto your equipment. I would want to know more about the situation in order to evaluate the possibility that the general contractor has a justification for its actions.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Michigan on
Q: Charging more for cutting grass and not letting me know.

I just received a bill for 6 weeks, and the price is $24 more than I usually pay. They did not let me know it would be going up.

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Jun 23, 2022

Unless there’s a written contract that provides for your agreement to a price increase or surcharge, you nave a point. Your agreement in some form to a price increase is required. But if you agreed to a long-term arrangement, you owe at least the lower price. I suggest that this be worked out... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections, Contracts and Probate for Michigan on
Q: If a car has a clean title with no lean against do I have to pay the payments after my husband died?

When he took out the loan we were told they didn’t process it right an d we had to get the title. This loan person was not nice told us we had to car DMV in Ohio to get it. I refused it was 4 months of driving without plates. She finally got the title and gave it to him we transfered it and now... Read more »

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Jun 21, 2022

If the vehicle is titled in Ohio, I recommend that you hold out for an answer from an attorney in Ohio. I am not, so I am going to give a brief answer based on Michigan law.

I do not see a reason to agree to have a lien evidenced on the title. However, if the vehicle is titled to your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: I’m buying a house on land contract the seller is trying to switch contracts what can I do
Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Jun 16, 2022

You have not provided enough information for a meaningful response. However, if you have a signed and enforceable land contract, the seller cannot change the terms without your agreement unless the contract provides for the change. You may wish to consult an attorney.

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