Titles and rights of uplands and bottomlands of Michigan water bodies are extremely complicated and subject to much misunderstanding of Michigan professionals, courts and legislature. When putting together a cottage succession plan, these ownership and rights matters are of prime importance to the proper functioning of the cottage for years into the future.
It is mandatory that an experienced subdivision boundary attorney that knows title, boundaries and rights, be consulted when putting together a cottage succession plan. It is an absolute to be able to differentiate between a riparian body of water and a parcel of land that is water-covered but owned in fee simple. The kids would be devastated if they were saddled with liabilities as a result of parents or grandparents misunderstanding the legalities of what is owned. Getting the ownership correct is the most important element of the plan. If descriptions, titles and use rights are not detailed properly, the entire plan fails.