Cottage Law Resources and Information

Helpful cottage law resources and cottage succession planning information is available from these websites and blogs:

Cottage Law - Law Firms - is the official website published from "The Home of Cottage Law" in Suttons Bay, Michigan. Developed by the known experts in Cottage Law to help you realize your goal to protect three things: the people you love, a place you love and the life experiences and cottage memories you love.

Cottage Law - Law Firms - The Penning Group

The Penning Group attorneys are the recognized experts in Cottage Law. We work with you to move your most valuable legacy asset, the family cottage, out of harm's way to protect it for use and enjoyment by future generations.

Legal News Blogs - Suttons Bay Law

Timely, topical and relevant legal news for consumers, businesses and families.

Michigan Property Tax Appeals - Michigan Real Property Tax Appeals

A Guide to the Michigan Property Tax Appeal Process

If you encounter Michigan property tax issues use this website, "Property Tax Appeal Institute", to learn more about Michigan's property tax law, the property tax appeal process and how it affects you.

Book Cover Image for Saving the Family Cottage A Guide to Succession Planning for Your Cottage, Cabin, Camp or Vacation Home by Stuart J. Hollander, Esq. Attorney Suttons Bay Book About Cottage LawSaving the Family Cottage
A Guide to Succession Planning for Your Cottage, Cabin, Camp or Vacation Home

by Stuart J. Hollander

with a Foreword by Deborah Wyatt Fellows, Publisher, Traverse the Magazine

The Book About Cottage Law

The late Stuart Hollander wrote the first "attorney authored" book for the vacation home owner. Saving the Family Cottage describes the problems inherent to shared cottage ownership and the concerns of parents who wish to pass it on. After a careful analysis of the pros and cons of different shared ownership arrangement, the Hollander outlined his preferred method to help families preserve this valuable asset for generations to come. Using the stories from families he worked with and clear graphic illustrations for the legal concepts involved, the book is reader friendly and informative.

Although Hollander used the term "cottage," the principles of his book apply to any property that a family wants to retain, whether it is an Adirondack camp, an Upper Midwest cabin, a Western ranch, or an ocean, lake, or riverfront home. Written for the vacation home owner but with information that also will be useful to attorneys and financial planners, the book engages the reader with stories of cottage "wars" and planning gone awry. Narrative examples and easy-to-follow graphics illustrate the more technical aspects of succession planning for a vacation home. The book makes a complex problem understandable and offers methods to help keep a second home in the family for generations.

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Saving the Family Cottage
by Stuart J. Hollander

Book About Cottage Law

Nolo Press / Pleasant City Press, LLC - Paperback - July 2007

The Cottage Rules: An Owner's Guide to the Rights & Responsibilities of Sharing Recreational Property book cover
The Cottage Rules:
An Owner's Guide to the Rights & Responsibilities of Sharing Recreational Property

by Nikki Koski

Share cottage ownership and avoid disputes!

The Cottage Rules sets out no-nonsense, easy-to-use guidelines for cottage owners who share ownership with others. It deals with everything from succession to laundry. The rules work to prevent conflicts, so that your relationship with your partners can be either as close or as distant as you desire.

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The Cottage Rules
by Nikki Koski

Passing It On : The Inheritance and Use of Summer Houses book coverPassing It On:
The Inheritance and Use of Summer Houses

by Judith Huggins Balfe

A sociological study of the issues involved in sharing the inheritance of summer houses, Passing It On fills a critical niche in the literature on estate planning. It focuses on the family dynamics involved in sharing real property rather than on the legal issues of estate reduction, with extensive quotes from over 100 respondents, all summer-house heirs, about how they have managed to keep the property in the family over generations.

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Passing It On
by Judith Huggins Balfe


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