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Isabella Shaya earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University, majoring in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations. Ms. Shaya was on the Dean’s List all semesters and graduated with honors. Ms. Shaya will start her third year at Wayne State University Law School in the fall. She is the Managing Editor of the Wayne Law Review. During her second year at Wayne Law, she was an Assistant Editor on the Wayne Law Review, Mock Trial In-House Competition Finalist, and treasurer of the Women’s Law Caucus.
Joshua Jackson was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in West Michigan. He is currently a 3L at Michigan State University College of Law and is expected to graduate in May, 2018.  There he serves as an Associate Member of the Michigan State University Law Review. Prior to law school, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Hope College where he graduated magna cum laude.  


Will Tishkoff and the Tishkoff team successfully settled a Virginia lawsuit in which they defended their clients against alleged claims of waste, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty.


Adverse Possession – What You Need to Know About the Law in Michigan

Knowing the law of adverse possession is necessary for Michigan land owners to avoid possession by trespassers and potential litigation.

Adverse possession is a legal concept allowing a trespasser to gain legal possession of your land without your permission.

According to Beach v. Twp. of Lima, 802 N.W.2d 1 (2011), to establish a claim of adverse possession, the party trying to claim the property must show proof that the possession is:

– Actual,

– Visible, open, notorious, exclusive, hostile,

– Under claim of right, and

– Continuous and uninterrupted for the statutory period of 15 years.

After the period of fifteen years, according to Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 600.5801 (LexisNexis 2017), the original owner no longer holds title because it is now owned by the adverse possessor. Acquisition by the adverse possessor allows them to then protect the property against trespassers, but, they do not have a record or marketable title. The adverse possessor must file a lawsuit, satisfying the elements above, to get a judicial decree and the proper title.

Boundary line disputes may be settled under either the doctrine of adverse possession or the doctrine of acquiescence. Adverse possession may not be used to claim title to land owned by the state or government.

Ways to avoid a claim of adverse possession on your property include:

– Building a fence on your property line.

– Regularly checking and maintaining the property.

– Removing all trespassers.

– Hiring an attorney to make sure you have proper title and documentation.

If you believe you have a claim for adverse possession, some initial steps include:

– Obtaining a title search and legal description of the property.

– Hiring an attorney to represent you in court.

Contact the Attorneys at Tishkoff PLC

If you have questions or concerns about property law or related matters, be sure to reach out to a attorney in Michigan today. The team at Tishkoff PLC is here to help. Contact us online or call our office today. Toll Free: 1 (855) TISH-LAW


The annual Boston-Tishkoff run party was a success. We want to thank all of our clients and friends who came out to celebrate and enjoy the weather with us. We appreciate you and your continued support of Tishkoff.


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