Patrick R. Drueke’s Answers

Patrick R. Drueke

Grand Rapids Real Estate Attorney.

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  1. Obtaining a deed.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Patrick R. Drueke
    2. Benjamin I. Hirsch
    3. Dominic Silvestri
    4. Matthew Allan Quick
    4 lawyer answers

    Prepare a new deed yourself and have the seller sign it and record it. It should be relatively easy.

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  2. Our hoa has defined attic space as a general common element. Is that the practice? And who should pay 4 insulation improvement?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Patrick R. Drueke
    2. James M. Osak
    2 lawyer answers

    It probably should be a limited common element. Has the transitional conrtaol date passed yet? If so perhaps the Board can look to amend the condo docs to make the change. If not, approach the developer to do the same.

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  3. If the Mortgage co doesnt file any paper work with the county of deeds do you own the house free and clear?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Patrick R. Drueke
    2. Reese Serra
    3. Harry Steven Ellman
    4. John W. Drury
    5. Gary D. Strauss
    5 lawyer answers

    I would be surprised if your mortgage company does not record your mortgage. Regardless you will still owe them the amount you borrowed pursuant to the Notecypu signed promising to pay it.

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  4. Does a deed or easement have to be recorded to be legal, valid & enforceable in Michigan?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Patrick R. Drueke
    2. James M. Osak
    3. John W. Drury
    3 lawyer answers

    Just record the easement. The register of deeds must record it if it is in recordable form.

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  5. Should I hire an attorney to prepare a quit claim deed?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Patrick R. Drueke
    2. Matthew Allan Quick
    3. Timothy J. Klisz
    4. Harry Steven Ellman
    5. James P. Frederick
    5 lawyer answers

    You should review your judgment of divorce to see whether that helps with your question of if she refuses. A deed is simple and should cost little in attorney fees. You would also need to pay to record it.

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  6. What are real estate Options? How much is legal consideration for it in Michigan? Consideration differs in different states?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Eric J. Guerin
    2. Patrick R. Drueke
    3. Harry Steven Ellman
    3 lawyer answers

    An option is an offer to buy or sell real estate that is held open for a period of time. The person holding the option has the choice of performance based on the terms of the option agreement. Whether either party can assign the option should first be determined from the terms of the option. The potential downside is that a party may be in breach of an agreement if they attempt to assign the option without having that right.

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  7. Can an association take your car for outstanding dues?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Ezra N. Goldman
    2. Patrick R. Drueke
    3. Julie Aletta Paquette
    3 lawyer answers

    If the association has a valid unpaid judgment against you it can seize property and sell it to apply against the unpaid judgment.

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  8. What type of attorney should I be looking for? Do I have a leg to stand on?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. John F. Brennan
    2. Patrick R. Drueke
    2 lawyer answers

    You likely cannot sue them for slander, but you can likely prove to them that the Board authorized your tenant and the lease that was in place. You should review the bylaws and gather the information you provided to the previous board. If you are sued you should contact an attorney to represent you. You may perhaps be entitled to a hearing before the Board prior to the time they file a lawsuit against you. Some bylaws require such a step.

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  9. The holder of my land contract want to sell the contract again, how do we protect ourself, do we put a lean on the property.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. James P. Frederick
    2. Reese Serra
    3. Patrick R. Drueke
    3 lawyer answers

    You can record a Memorandum of Land Contract, which provides everyone with record notice of your interest in the property. If you need assistance please contact me at 616-233-5175.

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  10. Drainfeild is installed with a new home and later the property is sold, drainfeild is no longer on houses property

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Vincent Lee Duckworth
    2. Patrick R. Drueke
    3. James P. Frederick
    3 lawyer answers

    You would need to carefully review all of the closing documents from the sale before determining your best course of action.

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