HalfMoon Education Inc. Knowledge Gets You There

Presenter: Richard M. Apkarian Jr. and 5 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Livonia, MI

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 15163

Product Number: 18 MIBNDESM 5 22 CDMN MB

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Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:15 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:15 - 4:30 pm

Locating Land Boundaries on Paper (And on the Ground)
C. Beland

   Interpreting land descriptions
      • Metes and bounds
      • Lot and block
      • Dos and don’ts for writing descriptions
   Applying principles of boundary location
      • Collecting and evaluating all types of boundary evidence: documents, physical evidence, people, surveys
      • Locating the described land on a map
      • Locating the described land on the ground
   Solving land description and boundary location problems

Defining Trespass and Adverse Possession
R. Apkarian, Jr.

   Defining trespass
   Reviewing the history of adverse possession
   Maintaining a claim for adverse possession
      • Statute of limitations
      • Elements of a claim
   Defending against a claim for adverse possession
   Examining recent adverse possession cases

Identifying, Classifying and Locating Easements
D. Sullivan

   What is and is not an easement
   Reviewing state law on easements
   Creating easements: easements by necessity, easements by use, written easements
   Identifying critical distinctions between easements in gross, easements appurtenant and prescriptive easements
   Maintaining easements
   Knowing when and how to terminate easements
   Obstructing use of easements and determining remedies for obstruction

Understanding Michigan Surface Water and Groundwater Rights
S. Kelley

   Practical and legal foundations for surface water and groundwater rights
      Riparian, other access, and public rights on the Great Lakes and inland waters
   Determining upland and bottomland boundaries and the scope of riparian and other access rights
   Private property rights and the public trust doctrine
   Determining rights to groundwater
   Groundwater use, withdrawals, and discharges of and to groundwater

Understanding Utility Easements and Rights-of-Way
S. Estey, D. Fryer

   Current legal issues involving utility rights of way
      • State laws and regulations
   Types of utilities affected
      • Electric, natural gas, petroleum and telecommunications
   Encroachments and interferences
   Maintenance Issues and vegetation management
   Recent cases relating to utility easements
   Condemnation law


Richard M. Apkarian Jr.

Paesano Akkashian Apkarian, P.C., Bloomfield Hills, MI
Mr. Apkarian joined Paesano Akkashian Apkarian, P.C. in 2013. He was previously with Dickinson Wright PLLC for ten years. Mr. Apkarian is a trial lawyer who represents landowners and tenants in real estate litigation, including boundary disputes, property damage claims, lease disputes and eminent domain litigation. He also represents companies and individuals in a variety of business cases, including shareholder disputes, contract actions and collections. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Apkarian negotiates and drafts numerous contracts and real estate documents. He received his law degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. Mr. Apkarian has been named a “Super Lawyer” in Commercial Litigation by Michigan Super Lawyers each year since 2013.

Chris Beland

PEA Inc., Brighton, MI
Mr. Beland is a professional surveyor for PEA where he is a senior project manager specializing in land development with a focus on acquisitions and redevelopment. Through his education and experience, he has learned that the most important part of any project is the people on the project team and how they cohesively work together toward the same vision. Whether it’s the client or the end user, understanding their needs, expectations and perceptions is paramount to the project’s success. Mr. Beland was most recently the Director of the Office of Land Survey and Remonumentation for theState of Michigan and brings 20+ years of experience in the land surveying industry in public and private practice. He graduated from Ferris State University with a BS degree in Surveying Engineering, and he graduated from Northwood University with an MBA degree in Business Management.

Stephen R. Estey

Dykema, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Mr. Estey has extensive experience in expediting land use entitlements, and resolving a wide variety of disputes related to zoning, planned unit developments, special land uses, variances, eminent domain, easements, adverse possession, boundary and title issues, and various regulatory and administrative challenges. For over a decade, he has handled hundreds of eminent domain proceedings for various energy industry clients including electric transmission providers and petroleum pipeline companies. Mr. Estey also has extensive experience in the siting of wireless telecommunication towers under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He serves as the chair for the State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Section Zoning and Land Use Committee. Since 2013, Mr. Estey has been recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers.

Douglas J. Fryer

Dykema, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Mr. Fryer represents clients in a wide range of complex business, commercial and real estate litigation matters, including contract and commercial lease disputes, construction disputes, adverse possession, easement and other real estate disputes, and condemnation. He has experience in administrative proceedings before the Michigan Tax Tribunal and the Michigan Public Service Commission. Mr. Fryer has extensive experience with eminent domain law, representing electric transmission companies in the acquisition of property interests necessary for the construction, operation and maintenance of new transmission facilities. He also assists clients in the planning and siting of new transmission infrastructure, including both administrative and state- court litigation.

Stephen M. Kelley

Stephen M. Kelley, P.C., St. Clair Shores, MI

Mr. Steve Kelley was admitted to practice in Michigan in 1981. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and its Environmental, Insurance and Indemnity, and Appellate Law sections, and he is a past member of the Surface Water/Groundwater Committee of the Environmental Law Section. Mr. Kelley also is a member of the American Bar Association and its Environment, Energy & Resources, Litigation, and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice sections. He served as chair of the Environmental & Energy Policy Committee of the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce (now Detroit Regional Chamber) for three years. He has been named a Michigan SuperLawyer each year since 2008 and was elected a Life Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. Admitted to all Michigan courts, he practices statewide from his office in St. Clair Shores.

Devin R. Sullivan

Zausmer, August & Caldwell, P.C., Farmington Hills, MI

Mr. Guttman’s practice focuses on business and real estate transactions, municipal law, eminent domain, and real property law. He has represented various clients in land acquisition and disposition matters, including the use of eminent domain and the negotiation of purchase agreements, leases, and other commercial agreements. He also contributed to the American Arbitration Association’s Handbook on Arbitration Practice. Mr. Guttman earned his undergraduate degrees from Michigan State University’s James Madison College and Broad College of Business before attending Wayne State University Law School.