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Municipal Law

Scholten Fant - Municipal Law

Governmental units trust our skilled West Michigan attorneys to guide them through the many issues they confront on a daily basis. Our aim is to work side-by-side with you, sharing our experience and expertise while letting you focus on your municipality rather than the legal issues surrounding it.

From public-utility matters and election law, to finance, ordinances & codes, and beyond, our legal professionals are here to serve all of your municipality-related legal needs.

While most of our work in this area is on behalf of municipalities, we do also represent individuals on occasion.


Experience and Expertise

  • Open Meetings Act
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Michigan election law
  • Headlee Amendment and truth-in-taxation matters
  • Drafting and enforcement of ordinances and codes
  • Planning and zoning matters
  • Tax assessments and appeals
  • Public-utility matters
  • Eminent domain and condemnations
  • Municipal annexations, incorporations and consolidation matters
  • Agreements for conditional transfers of territory and Urban Cooperation Act
  • Downtown Development Authorities
  • Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities
  • Municipal finance, including working closely with bond attorneys in Detroit and New York
  • Intergovernmental cooperative ventures including the creation of various public authorities to carry out consolidated municipal functions

Types of Municipality Services

We also have expertise handling matters that aren’t uniquely municipal but do arise for municipalities:

  • Litigation
  • Collective bargaining
  • Employment law
  • Property matters
  • Contract matters
  • Environmental matters
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