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Kenneth V Zichi

Kenneth V Zichi

Kenneth V . Zichi J.D.
  • Elder Law, Estate Planning, Real Estate Law ...
  • Michigan
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Helping Livingston County residents navigate the legal system for 30 years. I focus on Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning and Probate, with a significant portion of my practice also concerning Real Estate and general civil litigation. If you have questions or issues with your home, a cabin up north, or want to insure your family is cared for after you are gone, I'd be happy to meet with you, perhaps bust some myths, and certainly insure YOUR and your family's needs are met. Call for an appointment today!

Practice Areas
Elder Law
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Insurance Claims
Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
Landlord Tenant
Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Tenants' Rights
  • Free Consultation
    Telephone [(810) 299-5222] or office conferences, 20 minutes or less. Longer conferences may incur a minimal fee.
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Kenneth V . Zichi J.D.
- Current
City of Williamston (Michigan)
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
A.B. | History / Communications
Honors: LS&A Honors College 1977-1979
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Michigan
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estate and probate section Michigan bar
- Current
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Law and Media committee - State Bar of Michigan
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Speaking Engagements
Newsroom Seminar, WNEM TV/AM - Saginaw MI
State Bar of Michigan - Law & Media committee
An hour-long seminar addressing some of the common practical and substantive difficulties journalists encounter in covering the legal system in Michigan.
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Legal Answers
1195 Questions Answered
Q. Do i have any legal rights in this situation?
A: In GENERAL a verbal contract is worth the paper it is written on.

In the case of real estate however, there is an actual rule called the "statute of frauds" that says 'if it isn't in writing it is not enforceable. So -- your assumption was it was 'joint' property. Is your name on the deed? Did you make a written offer to purchase the property? Is there ANYTHING in writing suggesting it was jointly owned?

If not, no, you probably don't have 'legal rights' but you may have an equitable claim if you can PROVE you put cash into the property for someone else. But that is a very 'iffy' may. Seek the counsel of a local real estate attorney and bring whatever paperwork you have. You may get lucky, but I'm not holding my breath. ... Read More
Q. I received a text this evening from the owner where I rent a storage unit telling me that they will be disposing of my b
A: Well that depends. Are they ‘mad’ about the fact you didn’t pay your rent or that you’re storing contraband items there?

No they cannot terminate a lease or sell your stuff MERELY because they are ‘mad’ and it seems unlikely that is the reason. What’s the ‘rest of the story’? You maybe need to bring your storage lease to a local attorney along with that text to review.

It ‘feels like’ there is more to this.
Q. We bought a house and found out they had bed bugs that were never disclosed, can we sue for treatment cost.
A: This is not an 'open and shut' case.

Bedbugs are not a 'structural' issue (the house is not compromised physically or functionally with that type of pest) -- it is more akin to a mouse getting into a house more than being like termites that are destroying the foundation in other words. And the previous use of the home is not something that is required to be disclosed -- so unless you ASKED and they lied about it, that won't matter. Let me continue with 'devil's advocate':

Because the infestation was 'advanced' doesn't mean they previous owner KNEW of it. (Did the previous tenant raise that issue with them? etc.) What sorts of proof do you have to show that? And how much money are we talking about? I assume less than the small claims limit of $7000? How much will you need to spend to prove their knowledge and what will it cost you to be taking time off work etc. -- If it's less than $500 to address the problem, you're GOING to spend more on court. If it is more than $5k then maybe it's worth the effort, but only IF you can get proof they knew and chose not to disclose.

Bear in mind that ESPECIALLY if they were renting the property out they may well not have known about this, and failure to disclose something they don't know is NOT going to make them liable. I'd urge you to consult with a local lawyer who can give you the 'lay of the land' and provide better info on what your judge/magistrate is likely to do.

ALSO bear in mind that just because you sue in small claims doesn't mean the matter will stay there. The defendants have the absolute right to remove the matter to general district court and you will need to comply with the court evidence and procedure rules there whether or not you have an attorney and that could work against you. If the damages are more than a few hundred, that is a significant risk. If they get a savvy enough attorney he could ask for an award of attorneys fees against YOU for bringing the suit if you're not careful.

Again, seek local legal advice before acting ... forewarned is forearmed!
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1360 W. Grand River Ave, Howell MI
PO Box 1121
Fowlerville, MI 48836
Telephone: (810) 299-5222
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