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Riparian Rights and Waterfront Legal Issues Archives

The archive of past articles of Attorney Writes from noted riparian rights and water law attorney Clifford H. Bloom, Esq. This archive goes up to 2019, the documents are in PDF and made available by MLSA.

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Magazine Column:
Article Title
Link to ArticleIssue Date
Attorney Writes: To Disclose or Not to Disclose?Read Article2019 Winter
Some Key Points regarding Special Assessment Districts for Lakes in MichiganRead Article2019 Winter
Attorney Writes: Local Government TransparencyRead Article2019 Summer
WAKE BOATS, AGAIN!Read Article2019 Summer
Attorney Writes: What does Marijuana have to do with Lake Living?Read Article2019 Spring
Lake Parks – A Disappointing Court DecisionRead Article2019 Spring
Ask the Experts: Is there any legislation pending in Michigan that could affect Michigan riparians?Read Article2019 Fall
Hazards to NavigabilityRead Article2019 Fall
Mooring One’s Boat Over the Riparian Bottomlands of AnotherRead Article2018 Winter
The Difficulty of Bottomlands Ownership LocationRead Article2018 Summer
Attorney Writes: Twixt the Water and the LandRead Article2018 Summer
Ask the Experts: What is a marina?Read Article2018 Summer
Attorney Writes: Do All Riparians Hate Public Lake Access Sites?Read Article2018 Spring
Important Michigan Court of Appeals DecisionsRead Article2018 Spring
The Road End Legislation at Six Years OldRead Article2018 Spring
More on Wake BoatsRead Article2018 Fall
Attorney Writes: Are All Easements and Roads at or Near Lakes Forever?Read Article2018 Fall
Ask the Experts: Can a lake association or the local government raise or lower the level of our lake via a dam, impoundment or pump?Read Article2018 Fall
Attorney Writes: Title InsuranceRead Article2017 Winter
The Importance of Liability Insurance for RipariansRead Article2017 Summer
Attorney Writes: Short-Term Rentals, Long-Term ConsequencesRead Article2017 Summer
Attorney Writes: Tips for Sellers of Waterfront PropertyRead Article2017 Spring
Attorney Writes: The Freedom to Assemble...Read Article2016 Summer
Attorney Writes: The All-Important Purchase/Sales AgreementRead Article2016 Spring
Ask the Experts: Has any lake association asked to be taxed as a special assessment district to pay for preservation of the lake frontage or island property? Is this a legal option for an association looking to prevent over-development of their lake?Read Article2016 Spring
Another Road End Case from the Michigan Court of AppealRead Article2016 Spring
Attorney Writes: Bottomlands OwnershipRead Article2016 Fall
Attorney Writes: What to do About a FreeloaderRead Article2015 Winter
Three Interesting New Michigan Court of Appeals DecisionsRead Article2015 Winter
Golf Cart NewsRead Article2015 Summer
Attorney Writes: Artificial or Real?Read Article2015 Summer
How can I use my Lakefront Cottage or House?Read Article2015 Spring
Attorney Writes: Passing the Buck - Poor Rural Roads Around LakesRead Article2015 Spring
Attorney Writes: On-Lake RegulationsRead Article2015 Fall
Attorney Writes: Aquatic Special Assessment Districts - Mass Confusion?Read Article2014 Winter
Attorney Writes: Liability Potential for AssociationsRead Article2014 Summer
A Legal PrimerRead Article2014 Spring
Attorney Writes: You CANNOT Give it AwayRead Article2014 Spring
Ask the Experts: Do artificial lakes have the same riparian rights as natural inland lakes?Read Article2014 Spring
Attorney Writes: What is Riparian?Read Article2014 Fall
Prescriptive Easement ClaimsRead Article2013 Winter
Ask the Experts: If an off-lake property owner is improperly keeping a dock and moored boat at a road end or easement at a lake, what must be done legally to stop them? Can we call the police or must a lawsuit occur?Read Article2013 Winter
Land Gaps at LakesRead Article2013 Winter
Attorney Writes: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Plats!Read Article2013 Winter
Attorney Writes: What are Easements?Read Article2013 Summer
Another Court Case that Restricts Lake AccessRead Article2013 Summer
Attorney Writes: Miscellaneous Matters Regarding Docks and Swim RaftsRead Article2013 Spring
Lakefront Myths and Other LoreRead Article2013 Spring
Keeping the Family Cottage: New Tax Benefit for Transfers Between Parents and ChildrenRead Article2013 Spring
Attorney Writes: Can an ORV be Driven on the Beach?Read Article2013 Fall
Of Mosquitoes and Killer BeesRead Article2013 Fall
A New Road End BillRead Article2012 Winter
Attorney Writes: Buying and Selling Waterfront Property -The PitfallsRead Article2012 Winter
What Permits are Needed to Install a Seawall?Read Article2012 Winter
Attorney Writes: You Can't Do ThatRead Article2012 Summer
The New Public Road Ends at Lakes LawRead Article2012 Summer
Public Road End Bill is Almost Michigan LawRead Article2012 Spring
Beachwalker Case--Some Seven Years HenceRead Article2012 Spring
Attorney Writes: Armageddon!Read Article2012 Spring
Ask the Experts: What, if any, riparian rights do canal property owners have? Are they riparians?Read Article2012 Spring
Attorney Writes: PotpourriRead Article2012 Fall
Unusual (But Potentially Helpful) Local Municipal RegulationsRead Article2012 Fall
Ask the Experts: Is it legal for someone to build a cottage so that it interferes with my view of the lake?Read Article2012 Fall
Attorney Writes: To Litigate or Not to Litigate, that is the Question...Read Article2011 Winter
Natural Landscaping or Blight?Read Article2011 Winter
Two More Interesting Lake Access Easement CasesRead Article2011 Summer
Attorney Writes: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished!Read Article2011 Summer
Ask the Experts: Do I Need a Permit Before Installing My DockRead Article2011 Summer
Attorney Writes: 2000 Baum Family Trust v Babel - R.I.P.Read Article2011 Spring
Dock Permits on Michigan Lakes Tied into the Great LakesRead Article2011 Spring
Attorney Writes: Why ML&SA? (Note: our position on MWA has changed and we are, unfortunately, no longer working with or promoting the organization.)Read Article2011 Fall
Cases: You Win Some, You Lose SomeRead Article2010 Summer
Proposed Michigan Legislation Regarding the Public Trust Doctrine (House Bill 5319)Read Article2010 Summer
Important, Recent Riparian Appellate CasesRead Article2010 Summer
Attorney Writes: Are Artificial Lakes in Michigan Real?Read Article2010 Summer
Attorney Writes: Take Advantage of the PauseRead Article2010 Spring
MI Supreme Court to Hear Appeal: Baum V Bable Read Article2010 Spring
A Clear-cut Riparian Victory in Barry CountyRead Article2010 Spring
Lake Property Tax Assessments - to Appeal or Not?Read Article2010 Fall
Attorney Writes: Yours, Mine, or Theirs?Read Article2010 Fall
A Tribute to Don WinneRead Article2010 Fall
Attorney Writes: Weed WhackerRead Article2009 Winter
Attorney Writes: Uh-OhRead Article2009 Summer
Amicus Curiae BriefsRead Article2009 Spring
Attorney Writes: Enforcement!Read Article2009 Spring
Two more Pro-Riparian Road-End Court Opinions: Montcalm County-Jacobs V Lyon TwpRead Article2009 Spring
Attorney Writes: The 2000 Baum Case Decision DisasterRead Article2009 Fall
A Pro-Riparian Case: Sullivan v TillmanRead Article2009 Fall
Important Appellate Case Decision: MI Lake Homeowners Assn, Inc V Keeler TownshipRead Article2008 Winter
Attorney Writes: Am I a Lakefront Property Owner?Read Article2008 Winter
MI Supreme Court Reviews Tomecek Vs BevasRead Article
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2008 Summer
MI Supreme Court Corrects Sunseekers DecisionRead Article
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2008 Summer
Attorney Writes: Free Lake Weed Treatment?Read Article2008 Summer
Riparianism and the Great LakesRead Article
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2008 Spring
Attorney Writes: Wetlands - Not SwampsRead Article2008 Spring
MI Court of Appeals on Riparian Boundary LinesRead Article
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2008 Fall
Attorney Writes: Riparians and Estate PlanningRead Article
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2008 Fall
Attorney Writes: Docks and RightsRead Article
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2007 Winter
Attorney Writes: Buyer and Builder Beware!Read Article
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2007 Summer
Attorney Writes: Some Favorable Riparian Appellate CasesRead Article2007 Spring
Attorney Writes: Odds and Ends...Read Article
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2007 Fall
Attorney Writes: Debunking Myths: Part IIRead Article
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2006 Winter
Attorney Writes: New Michigan Appellate CasesRead Article
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2006 Summer
Attorney Writes: Associations: What good are they?Read Article
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2006 Spring
Another Riparian Victory in the Michigan Court of Appeals: Chauvette V OwczarekRead Article2006 Fall
Attorney Writes: Debunking MythsRead Article
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2006 Fall
Higgins Lake Road Ends - Backlotters Lose AgainRead Article2005 Winter
Attorney Writes: The Beach Walker CaseRead Article
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2005 Winter
Attorney Writes: A Blueprint to Protect Your LakeRead Article
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2005 Summer
Recent EventsRead Article
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2005 Spring
Beach Walker Case DecisionRead Article
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2005 Spring
Attorney Writes: Liability ConcernsRead Article
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2005 Spring
Attorney Writes: No More Excuses for MunicipalitiesRead Article
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2005 Fall
Attorney Writes: But the Realtor Told Me...Read Article2004 Winter
Recent Michigan Appellate Cases of InterestRead Article2004 Winter
Attorney Writes: Current Topics of InterestRead Article
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2004 Summer
Pro-Riparian Michigan Appellate Court Cases Regarding Lake Access EasementsRead Article2004 Spring
Attorney Writes: Wither Ice Mountain?Read Article
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2004 Spring
Attorney Writes: Why is Insurance so Important for Lake Properties?Read Article2004 Fall
Michigan Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Appeal of Higgins Lake POA v Gerrish TWP CaseRead Article2003 Winter
Attorney Writes: The Top Eleven Threats to RipariansRead Article2003 Winter
Attorney Writes: Recent Cases of InterestRead Article
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2003 Summer
Attorney Writes: Adverse Possession and Prescriptive Easements: A Prescription for Adversity?Read Article
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2003 Spring
Attorney Writes: On Water - Does Anything Go?Read Article
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2003 Fall
Attorney Writes: Maximum EnforcementRead Article
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2002 Winter
Attorney Writes: Zoning Tools that would Benefit Riparians if Supported or Authorized in MichiganRead Article
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2002 Summer
Attorney Writes: What Hath the Michigan Court of Appeals Wrought?Read Article2002 Spring
Attorney Writes: Three Recent Court Decisions of Interest to RipariansRead Article
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2002 Fall
Attorney Writes: Getting in the ZoneRead Article
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2001 Winter
Attorney Writes: The Top Ten Excuses - Are You Kidding?!Read Article2001 Summer
Attorney Writes: Permit MeRead Article
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2001 Spring
Attorney Writes: Problems with FunnelingRead Article
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2001 Fall
Attorney Writes: Where does your bottomlands end and your neighbor's begin?Read Article
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2000 Winter
Attorney Writes: Keeping it in the FamilyRead Article
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2000 Summer
Trespass on the Bottomlands of AnotherRead Article2000 Summer
Attorney Writes: TRESPASS!Read Article
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2000 Spring
Bubblers - and we don't mean champagneRead Article2000 Spring
Attorney Writes: Who Pulled the Plug on my Lake?Read Article
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2000 Fall
Attorney Writes: Anti-Keyhole and Anti-FunnelingRead Article
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1999 Winter
Attorney Writes: DevelopmentRead Article
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1999 Summer
Attorney Writes: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie!Read Article
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1999 Spring
Loss of Local Control Could Hurt Lakes and StreamsRead Article1999 Fall
Attorney Writes: What Happens if the Dog Catches the Car?Read Article
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1999 Fall
Attorney Writes: Current LegislationRead Article1998 Winter
Recent Statutes and Current EventsRead Article1998 Summer
What to do about Unreasonably Long Docks, Dangerous Rafts, Permanent Ski Jumps and other such items which Impede NavigabilityRead Article
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1998 Summer
Attorney Writes: A Modest ProposalRead Article
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1998 Summer
What is Navigability?Read Article
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1998 Spring
Attorney Writes: Urban SprawlRead Article
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1998 Spring
DOCK WARSRead Article
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1998 Fall
Attorney Writes: One Definition of ChutzpahRead Article
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1998 Fall
Attorney Writes: Lake AssociationsRead Article1997 Winter
Attorney Writes: Special Assessment DistrictsRead Article1997 Summer
Attorney Writes: Recently Enacted Statutes and Current IssuesRead Article1997 Spring
Property Drainage IssuesRead Article1997 Fall
Attorney Writes: Preemption and Local ControlRead Article
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1997 Fall
Attorney Writes: First Article - Road Ends at LakesRead Article
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1996 Summer
Public Accesses - Rights and LimitationsRead Article1996 Fall
What Riparian Property Owners can do it their Municipality has no Lake Access RegulationsRead Article1995 Winter
What Can Be Done to Regulate Jet Skis?Read Article
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1995 Winter