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Estate Planning with a Michigan Lady Bird Deed

A lady bird deed, also called an enhanced life estate deed, is a popular estate planning tool that avoids probate and accomplishes other estate planning objectives. It is a special method of automatically transferring your home and other real propert… Read More
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Buying or Selling Real Estate with a Land Contract

Buying or selling a home, commercial property, vacant land and other types of real estate with a land contract is popular in Michigan. Usually, there are no banks, lenders or mortgages involved in a land contract transaction. A land contract is prima… Read More
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Categories: Real Estate
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How For Sale By Owner/FSBO Transactions Work in Michigan

For Sale by owner, FSBO, transactions are very popular in the Ann Arbor area and throughout Washtenaw County. Contact attorney Bill Ager for a free consultation to learn about the FSBO process. He will walk you through the entire process for a reason… Read More
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Why Estate Planning Should Be One of Your New Year’s Resolutions

Studies indicate that about 40% to 50% of us make promises to improve as the calendar turns over to a new year. For 2024, your resolutions should include creating, or reviewing and updating, your estate plan. New Year, New Estate Plan An up-to-date e… Read More
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The Problems of Not Having an Estate Plan

Not having an estate plan means that your family and loved ones may encounter problems when you die — and also during your lifetime. Some of those problems may not be easily resolved, causing tension in family relationships and leading to outcomes… Read More
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Why an Estate Plan is More Than Just a Will

Individuals often think that if they make a Will, it means they have a complete estate plan — but that is actually a common misconception. An estate plan is more than just having a Will. While a Will is an important estate planning document which s… Read More
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Understanding the Average Cost of a Will and Trust

Having an estate plan in place ensures that your wishes are fulfilled both during your lifetime and after your death. The process can be complicated and more often than not, requires professional legal assistance. A Will or Living Trust is not a “o… Read More
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Common Mistakes Made in Real Estate Transactions

Mistakes in a residential real estate transaction can not only delay a closing but can also cause financial consequences. When Sellers and Buyers make mistakes, they often involve the following: Not Providing a Prospective Buyer with a Properly Compl… Read More
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Estate Planning for New Parents

There are many ways your life changes when you are a new parent. Something new parents should think about is creating or updating their estate plan. A comprehensive estate plan can give you peace of mind knowing that your assets will be handled accor… Read More
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Benefits of a Power of Attorney and Patient Advocate Designation

Unfortunately, circumstances involving illnesses or accidents may arise in your life causing you to be unable to make decisions about your financial matters and your medical treatment. Michigan law provides an opportunity to address such circumstance… Read More
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