Testimonial

“Hi, Mark. I’m now catching up from almost three weeks of travel, and I’ve finally gotten to your document package. Wow! That’s quite a product! Thanks for a job well done!” – T.G. … [Read more...]

Keep Your Michigan Cottage in the Family

The family cottage is a place for fun and relaxation in Michigan. For many, the family cottage becomes the meeting place for generations and where lifelong memories are made. As a result, it’s often the intent of the owner to pass the cottage on to … [Read more...]

The Ins and Outs of Cottage Succession Planning in Michigan (Part Two)

This is part two of a two-part blog post series on cottage succession planning in Michigan. As summer winds down, the second-home market continues to heat up in Michigan. One of the issues many second-home owners face is determining the best way to … [Read more...]

The Ins and Outs of Cottage Succession Planning in Michigan (Part One)

This is part one of a two-part blog post series on cottage succession planning in Michigan. The family cottage is a place for fun and relaxation in Michigan. It’s where different generations gather and form lifelong memories. When purchasing a … [Read more...]

Chicago Tribune Feature

Cottage law attorney Mark Kellogg was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune for an article detailing the intricacies of vacation properties left behind for families, and the importance of implementing a succession plan before a family member has passed … [Read more...]

Ten Reasons Why You May Want to Consider a Family Cottage Succession Plan

The goal of cottage succession planning is to set up legal ground rules that provide the best chance to keep a cottage in the family for future generations. A cottage plan usually addresses concerns through the creative use of a limited liability … [Read more...]

Announcing the Succession of the Cottage Law Practice of David S. Fry

The Law Offices of David S. Fry, PLC and Fraser Trebilcock are pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2019, the Cottage Law practice of David S. Fry has been transferred to the law firm of Fraser Trebilcock with attorney Mark E. Kellogg of that … [Read more...]

A Sad Story From a Client – A Lake House Lost…

One of our clients, Joe, told us the sad story of how his friend’s family lost their lake house recently.  The family raised their children at the wife’s parents' lake house.  The wife’s brother was managing mom's affairs after her father passed … [Read more...]

Incorrect 2017 Notice of Assessment?

Notices of Assessment need to be sent by Townships to homeowners by March 1.  PLEASE NOTE, if you believe that your taxable and/or assessed value is incorrect, you may protest to the Local Board of Review, but you have a VERY limited time in which to … [Read more...]

MI Uncapping Laws-Legislative Update January, 2017

The subject of property taxes on Michigan real estate, particularly vacation property, has received a great deal of attention lately.  Because of recent changes in the property tax system in Michigan, it is now possible to transfer ownership of … [Read more...]