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Bloom Sluggett Morgan Attorney Elected President of the Board of Directors for the United Methodist Community House

Jeff Sluggett was recently elected President of the Board of Directors for the United Methodist Community House.  After serving a full term as Vice President, Sluggett is happy to make the transition to President of the Board. The United Methodist Community House is a non-profit agency based in Grand Rapids with a mission focusing on children and seniors. See http://www.umchousegr.org for more information.  Read More

Cliff Bloom to Make Presentations at Both Novi and Grand Rapids Cottage and Lakefront Living Shows

Cliff Bloom of Bloom Sluggett Morgan, PC will be making presentations at the Cottage and Lakefront Living Shows, both in Novi on Saturday, March 1 and at the Grand Rapids Show on Saturday, March 29.  For more information, please visit the Showspan website at www.showspan.com.   Read More

The 2014 Annual Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors Convention

On February 21, 2014, Cliff Bloom will be teaching a seminar on water (riparian) law and adverse possession at the annual Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors Convention in Manistee, Michigan.  Read More

LEGISLATIVE ALERT - ORV Regulation - Public Roads

The Legislature has enacted several laws that affect the regulation of Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs) on public roads.  Public Acts 117-119 of 2013 amended various sections of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) to expand the areas where ORVs may be allowed on county roads and state highways from certain northern counties to the entire state.  As a result, the authority to permit ORVs on public roadways has now been extended to all “southern counties” which are defined as Muskegon, Kent, Ionia, Clinton, Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, or Macomb counties and any other county lying south of those counties.  Public Acts 117-119 address the authority of all counties, cities, villages, and townships throughout Michigan to permit the operation of ORVs on public roadways and to close county roads to ORVs when otherwise permitted by county or local ordinance.     Read More

Recording of Judgments Affecting Land

The attorneys of Bloom Sluggett Morgan have long advised their clients to record any favorable court judgment affecting land—including consent judgments—with the County Register of Deeds Office.  This includes judgments involving land use, zoning regulations, deed restrictions and similar issues.  That advice was validated by the Michigan Court of Appeals in its decision in Hartford Equities, Inc, v County of Clinton (November 26, 2013; Docket No. 313443).  Recording a judgment provides notice of its existence, and helps ensure that it may be enforced against future owners or others who may obtain an interest in the lands involved.  Read More

The Annual 2014 Michigan Townships Association Convention

Cliff Bloom will teach a seminar at the annual Michigan Townships Association Convention in Traverse City on Thursday afternoon, January 30, 2014 beginning at 1:30 p.m. regarding townships and riparian/water law.  For more information, please go to the MTA’s website at www.MichiganTownships.org.   Read More

BSM Client Prevails in Property Tax Exemption Case

BSM recently represented the City of Kentwood in the case of SBC Health Midwest, Inc v City of Kentwood (Michigan Tax Tribunal No. 416230).  The petitioner was claiming a property tax exemption going back to 2011 for approximately $600,000 of personal property that it owned and used in the operation of a for-profit college (Sanford Brown).  The City denied the exemption on the grounds that for-profit schools are not entitled to property tax exemptions under state law.  The property owner appealed and, after careful consideration of the legal arguments and evidence presented by the City, the Michigan Tax Tribunal agreed with the City that for-profit schools are not entitled to the exemption.  The Tax Tribunal’s decision was reprinted in the November edition of the Michigan Assessor Magazine, which you can read hereFor more information about this case, how it may impact property in your jurisdiction, or to discuss how BSM may be able to help you with other property tax related questions, please contact Crystal Morgan at BSM.   Read More

The Michigan Library Association 2013 Conference

Join us at the Michigan Library Association's Annual Conference, held October 16-18, 2013 at the Lansing Center. We a sponsor of this year's conference and Richard Butler, of our firm, will be speaking at the event.  Read More

Bloom Sluggett Morgan Partners Recognized as Super Lawyers for 2013

The peer review group Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters, has again named Cliff Bloom and Jeff Sluggett as Super Lawyers in the practice area of Government/Municipal Law.  We thank our clients for making this recognition possible.  Read More

BSM Welcomes Cortney Schaffer

We are pleased to welcome attorney Cortney Schaffer as the newest member of our legal team. Cortney will practice in the areas of public sector, library, and real estate law. She joins BSM with previous experience at the Michigan Court of Appeals. Cortney holds a Master of Public Administration from Western Michigan University, a Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Albion College. Cortney can be reached directly at cschaffer@bsmlawpc.com or 616.965.9346.  Read More