February 2021

An informative e-newsletter for the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Lame Duck Session Actions Affecting Real Estate

Gregory J. Gamalski, Bodman PLC

Several bills affecting real estate law and practice were signed by Governor Whitmer in the last days of 2020. Of particular interest were (a) an extension of the deadline set forth in the Marketable Title Act deferring the effective date of the prior Act 572 of 2018 to March 29, 2024; (b) extension of remote notarization and witnessing through June, 2021; and (c) a renewal of the dormant Michigan historic tax credit through 2031.

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Temporary (?) Extension of Audio-Visual Notarization

Michael A. Luberto, Chirco Title Agency, Inc.

Among the laws passed in December 2020 was PA 336 of 2020 which gives options for notarizing real estate documents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Legislative Report

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The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors, and they do not reflect in any way the positions of the State Bar of Michigan or the Real Property Law Section. These columns are meant for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with requirements imposed by the Internal Revenue Service, we inform you that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments) was not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by any person for the purpose of (i) avoiding tax-related penalties or (ii) promoting, marketing, or recommending to another person any transaction or matter addressed in this communication.