State of MI LARA Notice

All of our clients who have formed a Michigan LLC should be aware that a non-governmental entity called "Corporate Records Service" is trying to collect a $125 fee to prepare corporate records.  The misleading solicitation implies that Michigan … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

A Chance To Share Your Stories

In my area of legal expertise, I often find that I not only act as legal advisor but also as a family counselor and sometimes referee. It’s a harsh reality that shared ownership of an inherited vacation property generally comes on the heels of the … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Cottage Law Center’s blog

In addition to being a lawyer who specializes in cottage law and vacation property succession planning, I grew up in a family who owns a cottage on a lake up north.  I know what it’s like to spend idyllic days on the lake with my grandparents, … [Read more...]