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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: Bought a house with my boyfriend and going to break up with him. Can I get his name off the house?

My boyfriend and I have been together for 9 years. We recently purchased a home together. As we were not married, I first asked to just put my name on the house, but he and his family talked me into having us sign the papers together. Only my name is on the mortgage as my boyfriend does not have... Read more »

Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi answered on Aug 28, 2021

Possible outcomes?

1) he agrees and let’s you have the house and signs off

2) he wants his money back (or more) and you agree to pay him and keep the house and he signs off.

3) he wants his money back and you don’t agree and there’s a lawsuit over the house

4)...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Arbitration / Mediation Law for Michigan on
Q: Arbitrator Judge awarded amount, reheard, raised it 3 times, now it will go to Circuit Ct to increase. What do we do?

We went to trial in Arbitration and the Judge awarded the plaintiff an amount. Then Plaintiff took it to rehear and the award amount was raised 3 times, the judge recognizing their attorney fees but not recognizing ours. Even so, now they will take it to Circuit Court to increase this award even... Read more »

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Aug 20, 2021

Maybe. You can contact an attorney, although it reads like you have counsel.

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Contracts, Criminal Law and Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: I was injured at Ford Motor Co in Feb, 2017. Completed surgery on leg and knee. Not on back. Attorney said June 2020, MY

CASE IS TOO NEW TO BE HEARD.

It's been over 2 years. Where do I go from here?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 28, 2021

Workers comp claims take awhile. Your attorney probably knows very well the timeline and process. You could consult with another workers comp attorney, but they may tell you the same.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Contracts, Civil Rights and Communications Law for Michigan on
Q: My landlord came to mobile home the other day, to set up a rent payment plan.(As the owner does not want to be a part

Of the Gov.Cera plan, or MSHDA. He proceeded to tell me how he doesn't think I have a disability, I should go back to work

He's in pain everyday and he works, He doesn't feel as tho anyone should be on disability.Any insight, Because I'm really

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 26, 2021

Are you already renting under MSHDA or some other program? Your landlord does not get to decide if you are disabled or whether you qualify under any program.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Michigan on
Q: In Mi, My friends husband, co-signed for a 2014 car. The original purchaser, stopped paying, so co-signer took car back

Co-signer has passed away, May 10, 2021. Wife came to me, discussing financial issues, asked me if I wanted to purchase car. I gave her $500.00 as a downpayment, wrote up a sales agreement, we both signed. It stated the money paid, amt due for complete pay-off, July 1st, 2021.

She phones me... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 26, 2021

Yes, quite likely, but against your friend. Your first priority should be to determine who actually owns the car - whose name is on the title? Because if it's the person who the husband co-signed for, that person could claim the car stolen. OR, the bank or whomever made the original loan could... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: I have a money judgement in Michigan. Can I have SOS suspend license for nonpayment?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 28, 2021

No. But have you tried filing for a debtor's exam with the court? If debtor doesn't show up, you can ask the court for a bench warrant. If they do show up, they must produce information regarding their assets under oath.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: I went through home advisor to find a contractor. He took a down payment and has since stopped communication.

I signed a contract with the individual that he would replace the fencing around my property. After the check cleared for the down payment, he has stopped returning my messages. What are my legal options?

Dana B. Carron
Dana B. Carron answered on May 27, 2021

You may want to contact the police and file a complaint.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Michigan on
Q: would a backup offer automaticallty get termintaed after different offer is accepted
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 26, 2021

Yes, unless the accepted offer was already revoked prior to acceptance.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Government Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: I recieve services through macomb county mi hud housing. In mid april, my landlord gave me a 30 day notice. He was expec

I recieve services through macomb county mi hud housing. In mid april, my landlord gave me a 30 day notice. He was expecting me to be moved by mid may, however, since hud had paid through the end of may, he said i could stay till may 31st. On may 20th my landlord and i signed a mutual... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 24, 2021

Unless other facts exist, I don't see why the May 20th agreement would not be binding. By accepting you as a tenant with HUD services, your landlord is obligated to follow their protocol.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Michigan on
Q: If I purchased a home on land contract with a second individual and the get incarcerated do the forfeit there share
Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on May 3, 2021

The incarcerated person would not lose their interest in the land simply for being incarcerated.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Michigan on
Q: if I purchased a home on land contract with a second individual and the get incarcerated do they lose there share
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Apr 21, 2021

No. Incarcerated individuals retain legal title and ownership over assets acquired before their sentence.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: Is there anything, in Michigan, a renter has to sign that states specifically that they’re off of a lease?

I’ve moved my furniture out of the place, returned my keys, and have started the process of returning my deposit. Is there a written agreement in Michigan specifically that is required?

David Soble
David Soble answered on Apr 14, 2021

A lease is a contract. Generally, the parties are bound by the provisions of a signed lease. Turning in the keys is a unilateral step only. Without the landlord's release, you would still be obligated on the contract.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Michigan on
Q: Is a seller exempt from providing a disclosure statement because they have a tenant living in the house?
Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Apr 3, 2021

In the briefest terms, the seller is probably not exempt.

The Michigan seller's disclosure statement but be provided for the sale of any residential dwelling units between 1 and 4 (single family homes to four family apartment buildings). The statement is not required if there is a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Michigan on
Q: I moved into an apartment last yr taking over an open lease. The complex has yet to have a conversation with me

And now I find out that apparently there are utilities besides consumers connected to the apartment how can I hold them accountable for never giving me this information

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Apr 3, 2021

It looks like your question is originating in Ohio, but in the Michigan law section.

There just isn't enough information to provide even a remote answer, regardless you'll probably need to contact an attorney directly for a consultation on this.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: Can a co-op board make changes to a signed and executed proprietary lease with a shareholder Like, allowing subletting?
Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Mar 23, 2021

I think we'll need more information to offer an insight.

Depending on the power of the co-op board, it might be able to dictate certain guidelines, there are sometimes 'reasonable' boundaries, but oftentimes what is ever is written in the bylaws controls.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Michigan on
Q: Our waste removal contract requires 60 day notice to cancel before our expired contract auto renews. Can we break this?

The contract expires 3/8/2021. We notified the waste removal company that we intend not to renew the contract on 2/23/2021, but contract terms force us into renewal unless a certified letter was mailed on or prior to 1/8/2021. We are not happy with service, and we would like to avoid this ongoing... Read more »

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris answered on Feb 23, 2021

The renewal provision is probably enforceable.

If the hauler is not performing in accordance with the contract, notify it in writing of the deficiency. Perhaps you can terminate the contract if the deficiency is not cured. Without a copy of the contract, I am at a disadvantage in trying...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: My partner n I recently split up n she refuses to move.Her name is not on any bill or lease.How do I make her move?

She's not on any bills or the rental agreement however we have lived together for a year now. She refused to move continues to tell me to "evict her" do I have to go through an official eviction processor is there another way?

Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi answered on Feb 22, 2021

If she is holding over after a 'legal' lease (whether or not her name is on anything the facts you present make her a 'legal' tenant on a month to month basis at the very least) you DO need to go through an eviction process if she refuses to move out voluntarily.

That...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Banking for Michigan on
Q: Is it legal for someone to keep mail from me in this kind of circumstance?

I got a car with my grandpa as cosigner. He later got diagnosed having dementia. My uncle then became person in charge of his affairs, his financials included. My vehicle was repossessed for non payment of three months. I didnt receive any notices. I later found out notices had been sent to my... Read more »

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander answered on Feb 18, 2021

Were you supposed to make the monthly payments? It is not clear in your question.

Not a lot you can do to avoid this debt. Despite the lack of notice, you (or your grandpa) was required to make the payment. When the payment is not made, default occurs. The creditor can then proceed with...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Michigan on
Q: for Michigan if there is no name and contact info of who constructed the contract on the contract who can object

in Michigan law if there is no name or contact information as to who constructed the contract on the contract, who has a legal rite to object to the counter claim filed because as far as I knew only the drafter of the contract has the rite to file suit and object to counter claim

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 12, 2021

For purposes of some claim of breach, it doesn't matter who drafted the contract. Either party may state a claim that a breach occurred. Where who drafted the contract comes into play is when there is some ambiguity in the language that substantiates the breach; when the contract is ambiguous,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Michigan on
Q: How do I divest myself of interest in an LLC; 50/50 Members in a dispute. Accountant says I can turn it over to State.

Accountant says I can turn it over to State of Michigan division of corporations.

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris answered on Dec 11, 2020

There is no procedure for the state to accept a transfer to it of a membership interest in an LLC. It should be possible to resign as a member. You should consult with an attorney who can review the entire situation, and the accountant may be useful for advice as to potential tax consequences or... Read more »

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