Michigan provides immunity defense to community associations for COVID-19 lawsuits

             On October 22, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed HB 6030, which was given immediate effect via 2020 PA 236.  2020 PA 236 will provide Michigan condominium and homeowners associations with an immunity defense if a co-owner, tenant or invitee files a civil lawsuit, alleging a tort claim that arises out of COVID-19. When can a […]

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Dos and Don’ts for Your Community Association’s Social Media Accounts

           The simplicity of creating a social media account for your community association is tempting. After providing just a few pieces of personal information and an e-mail address, your association has joined the other 2.7 billion users on Facebook, 1 billion users on Instagram and 330 million users on Twitter.             While creating the social media […]

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Court of Appeals Rules The Court’s Evidentiary Gatekeeping Role Applies to Evidence Presented to Support a Request for an Emotional Support Animal

On September 17, 2020, the Michigan Court of Appeals, in Riverbrook v Abimbola Fabode and All Other Occupants, ___ Mich App ___ (2020) (Docket No. 349065), issued a unanimous decision finding that the district and circuit courts “abandoned their roles as the gatekeepers of evidence under MRE 702” in rejecting a landlord’s attempt to challenge the validity of documents presented […]

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KEVIN HIRZEL WINS 2020 CAI LAW SEMINAR BEST MANUSCRIPT AWARD

Kevin Hirzel, Esq., the Managing Member of Hirzel Law, PLC was recently honored by the College of Community Association Lawyers (“CCAL”) and received the Best Manuscript Award for the 2020 Community Associations Institute’s (“CAI”) National  Law Seminar.  Mr. Hirzel, a CCAL fellow, was joined by Elina Gilbert Esq. in preparing the manuscript and presenting “How Legal is it anyway?  Tips for Dealing with […]

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"10 Best" Attorney Client Satisfaction in Real Estate Law|Award Recipients, Kevin Hirzel, Joe Wloszek, William Kolobaric and Brandan Hallaq

Congratulations to Kevin Hirzel, Joe Wloszek, William Kolobaric and Brandan Hallaq on being the 2018 recipients of the “10 Best” attorney client satisfaction in Real estate law award. A significant achievement recognized by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. The AIOLC looks for attorneys who have achieved unparalleled success in their field but mostly have done so for the benefit of their […]

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Can a Michigan condominium ban solar panels?

Approximately 25 states have adopted some form of a solar access statute that makes it illegal for condominium bylaws to contain a provision that completely bans the installation of solar panels. There are approximately 15 different states that have adopted solar easement statutes that uphold the validity of contractual easements for solar access. A full list of states that have […]

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