Eight Tips For Closing The Family Cottage

There is a nip in the air and a tint to the leaves.  Everyone is off for one last shindig before school starts and summer is officially over. On the “to-do” list along with back-to-school shopping and ramping up for the coming holidays, many … [Read more...]

Rebuilding our Website

It's been a wonderful summer at the cottage. The weather has been nearly perfect, skies have been blue and the breeze has been blowing. The same can not be said for our Cottage Law website. On or around August 4, 2013 a series of unforeseen events … [Read more...]

DATE/LOCATION CHANGE for Elk Rapids District Library Cottage Succession Planning Seminar

Mr. Fry’s cottage succession planning seminar for the Elk Rapids District Library has been rescheduled and will be held this Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 10:30 A.M. (originally scheduled June 22). The location has been udpated to the Elk Rapids … [Read more...]

New Legislation on Michigan Property Taxes

UPDATE on Real Property Taxes in Michigan. On December 28, 2012, Michigan Governor Richard Snyder signed new legislation which will have a significant impact on the way Michigan residential property (including vacation property) is assessed for … [Read more...]

Dealing with Uncle Bob Or, Why a Schedule is Important

You know and I know that there is always at least one in every family.  We'll just call him Uncle Bob.  Uncle Bob often shows up with no advance warning, and doesn't respect boundaries. This relative (or relatives) can become particularly … [Read more...]

Create a Plan to Pass On the Family Cottage – Wall Street Journal

"Create a Plan to Pass On the Family Cottage." Wall Street Journal 4 Sep 2011. Print. … [Read more...]

Ten Reasons Why a Cottage LLC Makes Sense

“Ten Reasons Why a Cottage LLC Makes Sense” MyNorth.com … [Read more...]

What is Swimmer’s Itch?

Swimmer's itch is a rash caused by certain parasites that normally live in freshwater snails and on certain waterfowl.  I won’t go into the particulars of this parasite’s lifecycle but if you’re curious it involves snail intestines and duck poop.  If … [Read more...]

David S. Fry, Cottage Law Expert, To Speak

David S. Fry, a leading expert in the subject of cottage succession planning or Cottage Law  will be speaking at the Castle Park Association in Holland, Michigan on May 28, 2011 at 9 am. This informative presentation covers a wide range of legal … [Read more...]

Saving the Family (and the) Cottage

Read an article on Saving the Family Cottage, featured in MyNorth.com.  MyNorth.com is the online home of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine and your portal to Northern Michigan and the Northern Michigan … [Read more...]