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Manufactured Homes and Fixtures

When you own real estate you also own any fixtures attached thereto.  In general, a fixture is something permanently affixed to the land.  A structure attached to a foundation, for example, or within a house, cabinets or fixtures that would require tools to remove from the walls, would generall... continue reading »

Who Should Hold Title to Your Lake Cabin?

Past articles have discussed the advantages of having your cabin in trust so that you avoid probate.  Other articles have talked about why you should hold title in a cabin trust if the cabin is shared by multiple families.  A more recent issue, however, is that many people now rent out the cabi... continue reading »

Building on the Lake

There are many potential issues for building on a lake.  Most people understand that there are setback rules for lot lines, roads and lakes.  As to lakes, the distances vary depending on the lake classification.  Even when you know your classification, the setback is not from the water’s edg... continue reading »

Rental Property

With an improving economy people are again looking at buying rentals as another source of investment income.  Although I personally like the added control of owning and managing your own investment, there are some things to consider:

Get a security deposit.  It’s common to have some ne... continue reading »

Associations

Associations are a common way to own land in Lakes Country for a couple different reasons.  Probably the most common example is to address senior living arrangements where owners want to still own their own home but avoid lawn maintenance and other headaches of single family home ownership.  Th... continue reading »

Common Interest Communities in Minnesota

This article addresses issues from the standpoint of a prospective buyer, and it’s the first in a series of articles on Common Interest Communities (CICs), homeowners’ associations, and other aspects of planned developments. Our law firm has expertise in the laws governing CICs in Mi... continue reading »

Real Estate Leases

What comes to mind when we think of a lease agreement is often that first apartment we rented after high school or college. The first lease that I signed was a lengthy document on legal-sized paper with single-spaced paragraphs in small font. It contained words such as ‘term’, ‘security dep... continue reading »

Problems with Title Insurance

Most buyers simply order title insurance from whatever company is recommended by their realtor or banker.  They then pay for this insurance at closing without any understanding or explanation of what the insurance covers or more importantly, doesn’t cover.

Our firm owns both Quality and... continue reading »