Charles Hoffman

Charles Hoffman


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    Charles Hoffman is a proud resident of the City of Ann Arbor and the entire State of Michigan. He is the founding member of Lake Property Law, PLC, which represents clients throughout Michigan. The law firm specializes in titles and rights in lands adjacent to and under water bodies.

    Charles is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Detroit College of Law. He has practiced in real estate and the areas set forth below and, served as city, township and road commission field for over 40 years. His current specialty is focused in the field of boundary law, especially as it pertains to inland lake upland and bottomland ownership and rights. His current practice includes Ann Arbor and all of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

    The following are just a few of his current specialty areas of focus:

    Buying and Selling Lake and Residential Properties

    Saving the Lake and Property Rights in Front of the Cottage

    U.S. Constitution and Congressional Acts regarding Water Boundaries

    Public Land Survey System

    Original Federal Patents and Plats

    Federal Government Subdivision and Riparian Boundary Law and Descriptions

    State Survey Laws and Creation of Water Bodies

    Property Boundary Lines and Descriptions

    Subdivision Roads, Streets, Alleys, Easements and Access to Waters

    Upland and Bottomland Titles/Easements

    Riparian Liability and Insurance

    Liability and Insurance Concerns on Water-Covered (Patented) Lands

    Funnel Development and Back Lot Rights

    Township and County Jurisdiction to Regulate Water Bodies

    Highways, Roads, Alleys and Street matters wherever located

    Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives, and Probate Avoidance.

    After over 40 years of continued practice in the municipal, highways and streets and lake litigation areas, Charles has more recently spent thousands of hours concentrating primarily in Michigan ownership issues of bottomlands of all types of water bodies. He has researched text books, statutes, federal and state cases, essays, treatises, maps, descriptions, patents, federal government plats, field notes, historical documents, conveyances, and state and federal websites. As a result, he has developed an expertise in bottomland titles and rights in inland waters, whether they be lakes, ponds, rivers or streams. He has a firm knowledge base of Michigan’s bottomland history and an understanding of state and federal law regarding the entire subject matter. He is able to quickly determine titles in water covered lands all over the state. He knows the law regarding the boundaries and limits of these waterways and the rights to regulate them

    He has maintained a practice in Washtenaw County for 10 years. He served as Co-Chair of the Real Estate Section of the Washtenaw County Bar Association from 2015-2017.