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Dementia Awareness: Michigan Patient Advocate Designation

June is Dementia Awareness Month, which provides an opportunity to learn more about this condition and make plans for your future if you or someone you love ever receives this diagnosis. What Is Dementia? Dementia is a general term for a group of sym… Read More
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Categories: Estate and Probate
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Buying or Selling Your Home Without a Real Estate Agent — FSBO Sales and Purchases

When you consider buying or selling a home, one of the first decisions you need to make involves whether to use a real estate agent. Since most buyer and seller agents use exclusive agreements which limit your rights in the sale or purchase of your h… Read More
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Categories: Real Estate
land contract

Considerations For Buying or Selling Real Estate with a Land Contract

Many potential homebuyers are still recovering from recent economic downturns. They may have income but a low credit score, or have gone through a bankruptcy, a short sale, or incurred debt due to medical bills or other financial issues. Whatever the… Read More
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Categories: Real Estate
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Avoiding Family Disputes and Litigation Over Your Will or Trust

One of the goals of a properly-prepared estate plan is to avoid a family dispute after a loved one passes away. When planning and preparing your estate plan, it is wise to consider some of the issues that can divide a family so you can craft your est… Read More
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Conditions to Include in Your Real Estate Purchase Agreement

Conditions to Include in Your Real Estate Purchase Agreement in Today’s Competitive Market

The current real estate market is hot and generally favors the seller. It is largely driven by two factors: increased demand from buyers, and a low supply of available real estate listings. Once you’ve found your new home, the next step is to prepa… Read More
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Categories: Real Estate
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What to Consider When Buying a Condominium

What is a Condominium? Condominium living has become very popular in Michigan, particularly in cities and vacation spots. In an effort to regulate the growth of condominiums in Michigan, the Michigan Condominium Act was enacted in 1978, and amended o… Read More
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Categories: Real Estate
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How to Choose the Right Power of Attorney or Personal Representative

When it comes to selecting someone to serve as your power of attorney or personal representative, you simply cannot be too careful. This is a person who will handle your legal and financial affairs if you are unable to do so, and the person who will… Read More
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Categories: Estate and Probate
can a minor be a beneficiary

Protecting Minor Beneficiaries

Preparing your estate plan inevitably requires that you consider your own mortality. If you have children under the age of 18, planning to provide for and protect your family is even more important. But can a minor be a beneficiary at all? One of the… Read More
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Categories: Estate and Probate
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What is a Last Will and Testament, and Why You Need One

What is a Last Will and Testament? A Will, also known as a Last Will and Testament, is a legal document that states your intentions for the distribution of your assets and property after your death. The State of Michigan requires the person creating… Read More
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Categories: Estate and Probate
due diligence

Due Diligence: What Should a Homebuyer Know?

Your home is one of the largest purchases you will ever make. But when buying a home, many homebuyers do not know what they need to do during the period of time after they sign the purchase agreement and before the real estate closing. This is known… Read More
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Categories: Real Estate