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Michigan Seller Disclosur…

Michigan Seller Disclosure Act Requirements for FSBO (For Sale By Owner) Residential Real Estate Sales

Under a state statute, the Michigan Seller Disclosure Act (SDA), every seller of residential real estate that includes between one and four dwelling units is subject to specific disclosure requirements. The law applies to many types of residential re… Read More
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Categories: Real Estate
Buying or Selling Your Ho…

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
What Happens If You Die W…

What Happens If You Die Without a Will or Estate Plan?

If you do not have a Last Will and Testament or an estate plan, your family and loved ones will likely encounter problems when you die — and possibly during your lifetime as well. Some of those problems may not be easily resolved. They can create t… Read More
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Setting Up a Living Trust…

Setting Up a Living Trust in Michigan (What You Need to Know)

Living trusts are a valuable estate planning tool. But a living trust is not appropriate for everyone or every estate plan. If you consider making a living trust part of your estate plan, your first step is to understand how a living trust works and… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
3 Pitfalls of Do-It-Yours…

3 Pitfalls of Do-It-Yourself / DIY Wills and Estate Plans

The ready availability and intense marketing of online services that create a Last Will and Testament, Trust, and other legal documents may make it tempting to bypass talking face-to-face with a lawyer and create your own estate plan. Unfortunately,… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
Make a New Year’s Resol…

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Create Your Estate Plan or Update Your Existing Plan

The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions goes back more than 4,000 years. Today, studies indicate that about 40% to 50% of us make promises to improve as the calendar turns over to January 1. For 2020, your resolutions should include creating… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
Year-End Real Estate Plan…

Year-End Real Estate Planning Considerations

The end of the year provides wonderful opportunities for celebrating holidays with family and friends. While you enjoy the festive atmosphere, it’s also a good idea to give some thought to year-end planning concerns, especially those relating to re… Read More
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Categories: Real Estate
Do You Need a Lawyer to E…

Do You Need a Lawyer to Establish a Trust?

Wills and trusts are the core documents in an estate plan. Most people have a general understanding of the nature of a Will. Trusts are more complicated than Wills for a number of reasons and often are somewhat confusing to individuals creating an es… Read More
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What Is the Difference Be…

What Is the Difference Between a Will and an Estate Plan?

Individuals often think that if they make a Will, it means they have an estate plan — but that actually is a common misconception. While your Will is part of an estate plan, it is only part of a complete estate plan. In the discussion that follows,… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
How Do FSBO / For Sale By…

How Do FSBO / For Sale By Owner Real Estate Transactions Work in Michigan?

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, you should learn about the For Sale By Owner process. FSBO (pronounced fizz-bow) is very popular in the City of Ann Arbor and throughout Washtenaw County. If you are a seller, you might want to cons… Read More
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About Bill

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Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Bill Ager graduated from the University of Michigan and then served in the U.S. Army. He graduated from the Defense Language Institute and worked at the Army’s Freedom of Information Center in Washington… Read More

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