Real Estate Law & Construction Law
Kalamazoo Real Estate and Construction Law Attorneys
Real estate lawyers know how to avoid the common pitfalls of buying or selling property. Under Michigan Law, certain contracts must be in writing; for example, under MCL § 566.132, any agreement, promise, or contract to pay a commission for or upon the sale of an interest in real estate must be in writing. In other words, sellers and agents should fully understand their obligations.
Real Estate Purchase Agreements. A real estate purchase agreement is a written contract that describes the terms and conditions surrounding the purchase of real property. The parties provide the real estate lawyer with information pertaining to assurances, representations, warranties, defects, and other related facets of the transaction. The lawyer will ask questions in an effort to prioritize the parties’ goals and interests. There is no universal “standard form” for real estate purchase agreements; thus, in most cases, brokerage templates will need to be augmented with a lawyer’s addendum, the document that will cover issues the template may not have addressed. Notably, pursuant to the Michigan statute of frauds, for a real estate purchase agreement to be enforceable, it must be in writing.
No estate or interest in lands, other than leases for a term not exceeding 1 year, nor any trust or power over or concerning lands, or in any manner relating thereto, shall hereafter be created, granted, assigned, surrendered or declared, unless by act or operation of law, or by a deed or conveyance in writing, subscribed by the party creating, granting, assigning, surrendering or declaring the same, or by some person thereunto by him lawfully authorized by writing. MCL § 566.106.
Construction disputes. Construction disputes usually involve serious damages. They often involve delay and labor claims, payment claims, quality of work claims, intellectual property, and lien/bond claims. Whether you are a contractor, sub-contractor, construction customer, or other interested party, Keilen Law can help. Our lawyers have brought construction claims, defended them, and have even been selected to act as neutral arbitrators for such disputes. Construction contracting is complex and litigious. Thus, your lawyer must be familiar with the Construction Lien Act, Act 497 of 1980 (the “Michigan Construction Lien Act”), among other important statutes and updates. Contact Keilen law today to schedule a free initial consultation regarding your construction matter, and how we can help.
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