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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Recent News

Legacy Release Program Funding Completely Allocated
Posted on April 2, 2018
On March 16, 2018, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced that the $36 million in funding earmarked for the Legacy Release Program (LRP) barely 6 months ago (via the passage of Public Act 130 of 2017) has been completely allocated to approved or pending claim submittals. As a result, the MDEQ is not reviewing any additional claims made under the LRP. However, a waiting list of up to 100 more claim applications will be maintained, in the event that current claims do not expend the full approved amount or are otherwise denied. The waiting list information can... MORE
New MUSTA Legislation Enacted
Posted on October 27, 2017
House Bill 4583 was recently signed into law by Governor Snyder.  This Bill creates the “Legacy Release Program”, establishes new options to demonstrate financial responsibility for cleanup fund deductibles, and provides for reimbursement of local units of government (LUG) for certain corrective action costs. The highlights of HB 4583 (now referred to as Public Act 134 of 2017) are outlined below: The Legacy Release Program is created and will be administered by the Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority (MUSTA). The intent is to provide a mechanism to aid in the completion of corrective actions and to close out “old”... MORE
Scott Timmer Elected to Serve on Council
Posted on August 4, 2017
GGTM is proud to announce that our own J. Scott Timmer was elected by his peers to serve on the Council for the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan at the Section’s annual meeting on July 21, 2017.  The Council term is three years. Scott has been an active member of the Real Property Law Section for a number of years. Scott served as a co-chair for the Section’s Summer Conference for 2015 and 2016. Scott currently chairs the Section’s “Homeward Bound” seminars and acts as the coordinator for the Section’s Residential Transactions and Finance... MORE
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