We Are Experts in Contracts & Real Estate
The team at Jay Zelenock Law Firm helps both individuals and small businesses resolve property-related legal issues. From negotiating the terms of agreements and drafting contracts to addressing zoning issues and appealing property tax assessment, our legal professionals are cross-trained in a variety of contract and real estate laws to provide trusted real estate legal advice.Contact Us
Client Success Story:
Contracts and Property – Contracts/Real Estate Building and Business Nuisance
The firm assisted a residential property owner with complaints about annoying activities and conditions on a nearby business owner’s property. The client wanted to deal with an unpleasant nuisance in her neighborhood. The firm filed suit seeking to “abate” the nuisance (i.e. get a Court Order requiring a property owner to remedy conditions creating a nuisance, to benefit the public and their neighbors). After brief litigation, the business owner agreed to make changes to the appearance and use of the business property to make his activities much more tolerable for his neighbors. A real property deed was recorded to require the business (and all future owners of the property) to keep his promise to maintain the improvements on the property for the benefit of the neighbors forever.
Real Estate – Contract Issues
The firm assisted a client with litigation of a dispute over family-owned property.
Probate Law - Real Property Law
The firm assisted a court-appointed fiduciary with properly disposing of significant assets to raise money for a disabled person, including selling a house under the supervision of the probate court, for a substantial amount of money for the benefit of the disabled person.
Contract and Property Law – Contract Real Estate and Business Law
The firm assisted a property owner collect payments due to him under a land contract agreement. The person buying the real property fell behind on his payments and then threatened to “file bankruptcy” in an effort to short-change the client of money due under the land contract agreement. The firm was able to successfully help the property owner/client “call the bluff” of the property buyer and collect all payments in full.
Government Regulation – Appellate Litigation – Zoning and Property Issues
The firm assisted clients with appellate ligation in the Michigan Court of Appeals regarding the “tall building” zoning litigation in Traverse City, Michigan. The Court of Appeals agreed with the firm’s arguments that the developer’s motion for peremptory reversal should be denied, and entered an order denying that motion on June 2, 2016. The appellate litigation continues, but this ruling from the appellate court was a significant defeat for the developer and its claims that the Grand Traverse County Circuit Court had committed manifest error. The Court of Appeals rejected those arguments.
Small Business Law – Business Dispute – Contract Law
A client invested a substantial sum of money in a business venture. After the business venture stalled, the investors were unable to reach an agreement on the future of the project. As a result, the client sought the firm’s help to recoup his investment and leave the business venture. Through negotiation and an understanding of the various business entities involved in the project, the firm was able to assist the client with the recovery of his investment in the stalled business venture.
Contract and Property – Contracts and Real Estate – Foreclosure
A client had his hours cut at work and was unable to make his monthly mortgage payment. The client reached out to his lender, but the lender was unwilling to refinance the home and initiated foreclosure proceedings. The client contacted the firm and we were able to negotiate with the client’s lender to avoid foreclosure and reach a favorable settlement agreement for the client.