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Residential Leases Can Ban Marijuana, New Law Says

RESIDENTIAL LEASES CAN BAN MARIJUANA, NEW LAW SAYS An amendment to Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act (the Act) that is set to take effect on April 10 will allow residential property owners in Michigan to prohibit their tenants from smoking or growin…
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The "Dark Store" Issue: Property Taxation Of Big Box Stores

THE “DARK STORE” ISSUE:  PROPERTY TAXATION OF BIG BOX STORES Michigan’s Supreme Court and legislature are weighing in on the clash between municipalities and big box stores across the State over the so-called “Dark Store” issue:  the taxa…
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Future Remains Uncertain For New Overtime Pay Rule

FUTURE REMAINS UNCERTAIN FOR NEW OVERTIME PAY RULE Actions to block a Department of Labor (DoL) regulation that would entitle an estimated 4.2 million more American workers to overtime pay (the Regulation) came too late for many employers, who move…
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Ruling on Critical Dune Area Boundary Precludes Association from Grooming its Lakefront Property

Ruling on Critical Dune Area Boundary Precludes Association from Grooming its Lakefront Property In a recent dispute that landed before the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) nixed the Port Sheldon…
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Michigan Abolishes Dower Rights

MICHIGAN ABOLISHES DOWER RIGHTS Governor Snyder recently signed into law a package of bills that will eliminate statutory and common law dower rights.  The legislation will take effect in March of 2017.  Dower is a widow’s right to a one-third…
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Negotiating The Shopping Center Lease

Banas and Associates PLLC is pleased to announce that C. Leslie Banas will present at the 2016-2017 Homeward Bound Seminar “Negotiating the Shopping Center Lease.”  The seminar, which is co-sponsored by the Institute for Continuing Legal Educati…
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2017 Top Lawyers Published

  Banas and Associates PLLC is pleased to announce that C. Leslie Banas has been selected by her peers once again for inclusion in the 2017 Top Lawyers list published by dbusiness, Detroit’s premier business journal.   
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Court Of Appeals Recognizes Distinction Between Assignment Of Rents And Assignment Of Leases

COURT OF APPEALS RECOGNIZES DISTINCTION BETWEEN ASSIGNMENT OF RENTS AND ASSIGNMENT OF LEASES Commercial lenders take note:  a recent Michigan Court of Appeals case, found at http://publicdocs.courts.mi.gov/opinions/final/coa/20160809_c327454_45_327…
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Michigan Adopts $30 Flat Fee For Recording Documents

MICHIGAN ADOPTS $30 FLAT FEE FOR RECORDING DOCUMENTS On June 22, Governor Snyder signed into law a package of bills that will establish a flat fee of $30 for recording documents with county register of deeds offices.  The laws will take effect on Oc…
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Condo Act Amendment To Benefit Developers With Uncompleted Projects

CONDO ACT AMENDMENT TO BENEFIT DEVELOPERS WITH UNCOMPLETED PROJECTS A recent amendment (the Amendment) to the Michigan Condominium Act (the Act), set to take effect on September 21, 2016, stands to benefit condominium developers with uncompleted proj…
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