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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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Pitfalls of a DIY Will

There are many forms and do-it-yourself (DIY) websites for a will, but making a will is not as simple as filling in the blanks on a form. The DIY approach to estate planning seems easy and less expensive than hiring an experienced estate planning att… Read More
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Mental Capacity for Estate Planning

As both we and our loved ones get older, we want to make sure that there are plans in place for the future. Plans that include how our property and assets are managed while we are alive and then distributed after our death This means putting an estat… Read More
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Tips from an Attorney for Selling or Buying a House for Sale by Owner (FSBO)

If you are thinking about selling or buying a house “For Sale By Owner”, it is important to have a complete understanding of the FSBO process and all the legal requirements that are involved. It is also important to seek advice from an experience… Read More
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Categories: Real Estate