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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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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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What Is the Best Place to…

What Is the Best Place to Store Estate Planning Documents? (and Why Safeguarding Your Estate Plan Is Essential)

Your estate plan protects your family, yourself, and your assets for the future. It represents an investment of significant time and energy. Now that you have it in hand, what should you do with it? Is there a best place to store estate planning docu… Read More
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Avoid Making Estate Planning Mistakes

The first mistake to avoid is not having an estate plan that includes a Will or a Trust along with a Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Matters and a Patient Advocate Designation. If you die without a will (die intestate), the State of Michigan… Read More
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A Will or a Trust- What Works Best for You and Your Family

A Will or Trust is an essential estate planning document for directing how you want your assets distributed. It also provides your family with guidance during a difficult time in their own lives. Most people think about a Will when considering an est… Read More
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PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY WITH AN ESTATE PLAN

How do you protect yourself and your family with an estate plan? Create a Will or Trust for transfer and management of your assets after death. If you don’t have a Will or Trust, the State of Michigan will determine how your assets will be distrib… Read More
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Do you have an Adult Life Plan (an Estate Plan)?

An estate plan is a person’s “adult life plan”. Adult life begins when a person can vote, enter into contracts and make health care decisions for him or herself. Consequently, everyone needs to plan when they become an adult. Estate planning… Read More
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Dementia Awareness: Why Durable Powers of Attorney, Trusts and Estate Planning are Important

June is Dementia Awareness Month, which provides everyone with an opportunity to learn more about this terrible condition make plans for your future if you or one of your loved ones is diagnosed with Dementia. Dementia is a general term that describe… Read More
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Important Steps To Take Before Looking For A Home To Purchase

Buying a home is one of the most important financial decisions you will make. It is exciting and hard not to rush into it. Before starting to actively look for a home to purchase, you should consider the following steps so you will not waste time and… Read More
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Due Diligence: What Should A Homebuyer Know?

“Due diligence” has been defined as “research and analysis that a person or business performs in preparation for a business transaction”. Home buyer due diligence before buying a home is critical because it is one of the most important busi… 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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