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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Insurance Defense, Municipal Law and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: Am I responsible for removing my trampoline from a privately owned golf course's pond?

My trampoline flew into a pond owned by a privately owned golf course during a major wind storm. The trampoline was anchored down and was ripped out by the wind. I live in an HOA that is next to the golf course. The trampoline is destroyed. Am I responsible for cleaning it up out of the pond?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 14, 2021

What is the golf course owners saying? Even though it's an act of God, someone will still have to pay. Either the golf course will just do it on their own, or they will contact the HOA and the HOA will pay, and may end up tracing it back to you.

It may be worth your while to contact...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Constitutional Law and Municipal Law for Michigan on
Q: Can a building inspector enter into a private home without a warrant?

Local building inspector entered unoccupied private property without permission of owner or a warrant and take pictures to use as evidence in a civil procedure?

Can Camara v. Municipal Court (1967) or Mapp v. Ohio (1961) be cited to have the pictures deemed inadmissible?

David Soble
David Soble answered on Sep 19, 2019

Municipalities have wide latitude to enact building codes and enforce them for the benefit of public safety.

If the home is condemned or has other immediate safety issues, the city should have tagged the property and also sent out letters to the owners, based upon the owners'...
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1 Answer | Asked in Collections, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Michigan on
Q: My exhusband contacted our town government office and had my water/sewage bill switched to his name without me knowing.

The bill is a three month cycle so I hadn’t noticed that I didn’t receive two bills, the bill is now 800$ past due. Is it legal for them to let him do this without authorizing with me or without him ever being on the lease?

Trent Harris
Trent Harris answered on Mar 8, 2019

What your ex-husband did doesn't sound right. A person who isn't on a lease for property, or an owner, generally shouldn't be able to change the name on the account. Have you talked to the town about getting it fixed?

Despite the bill being in his name, you may still owe the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Municipal Law for Michigan on
Q: Starting a cannabis processing company in michigan and in search of answers regarding location, laws and licensing.
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 10, 2018

Join the crowd! With passage of the new law, we are in the midst of a rush. Opening a new business regulated by new and untested laws can be a recipe for disaster. If you do not have experience in this industry, I would highly suggest you talk with operators in other states with similar laws (e.g.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Municipal Law for Michigan on
Q: Can the county require us to install a septic alarm system to sell when there wasn't one there when we bought the house?

The township in Michigan where we live requires a septic inspection to be done before a house is bought or sold. When we bought a house 4 years ago, the inspector passed the septic system and said there were no problems. Now we're trying to sell, and the inspector from the same department is... Read more »

David Soble
David Soble answered on Apr 2, 2018

The law and requirements could have changed since you purchased the property. A septic inspection is required for most communities to issue a certificate of occupancy as well as for most lending institutions that will fund the purchase of the transaction. I would check to see if the alarm is now... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Election Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Michigan on
Q: Can a local full-time paid fire chief serve as an elected school board official in that same jurisdiction?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Aug 30, 2017

I don't see why not. I'm unaware of any fire chief being an elected position, and so there is no conflict by holding two different elected positions. More importantly, in most cases, the school district (and its board) is a separate and distinct entity from the local government. It's... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Domestic Violence and Municipal Law for Michigan on
Q: Me and my neighbor got into a argument exchanged some words, and he told the cop's that I bumped him n got spit on him.

I left before he called cop's. What can I be charged with? The whole argument was over a loan and he tried to sell my 100.00 debt to someone we know.

Mr Scott Marshall Neuman
Mr Scott Marshall Neuman answered on Aug 2, 2016

You can be charged with assault and battery. That crime is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 90 days in jail.

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