Interests in Michigan real estate have been referred to by experts and commentators as the “bundle of sticks.”  The attorneys at Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy have years of experience in handling numerous and complex real estate matters in Muskegon and throughout the state of Michigan.  We profoundly understand the characteristics of each stick in the bundle. Therefore, we provide our clients with quick and sound legal advice with respect to the legal issues surrounding real estate transactions or conveyances.

Our lawyers have worked cooperatively for many years with owners, lenders, appraisers, title companies, developers, environmental consultants, architects, surveyors, geotechnical engineers, and CPAs to achieve our clients’ real estate objectives.  We can assist our clients in purchasing contaminated properties, solving geo-challenged site problems, or solving easement and boundary line issues so that time-sensitive transactions can proceed.

We have a profound understanding of the Michigan Construction Lien Act and have been able to successfully assist owners and subcontractors in resolving payment and lien disputes which often arise during development of properties in a “down” economy.

We have assisted in preparation of real estate documents, including purchase agreements, options, easements, rights of first refusal, land contracts, mortgages, leases, license agreements, construction liens, development agreements, access agreements, exchange agreements and construction contracts.  We have engaged outside consultants and experts to provide the in-depth, non-legal expertise to facilitate our clients’ needs.  This sort of “partnering” provides our clients with the best of both worlds.

Our expertise in real estate law allows us to effectively represent large farming groups and owners who frequently buy, sell and lease large tracts of agricultural properties throughout the state, as most agricultural issues are deeply rooted in property law. Likewise, we understand the nuances and complexity of historical contamination and Brownfield development and can assist in obtaining tax credits, which allows us to effectively serve our clients who wish to acquire and develop challenged industrial and commercial sites.

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