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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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Categories: Estate Planning
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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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Categories: Estate Planning
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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

What Are the Elements of a Basic Estate Plan?

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 a basic… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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Estate Planning to Avoid Family Conflict

One of the primary purposes of having an estate plan in place is to avoid the potential for family conflict after death. A minor disagreement may involve who is to handle the funeral and burial arrangements for a deceased family member. A more seriou… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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Top 10 Tips When Purchasing a Condominium in Michigan

Condominium living has become very popular in Michigan in recent years. However, there are many features of condo ownership to consider before purchasing a condominium. Owning a condo is very different from owning and living in a typical residential… Read More
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Choosing a Will or Living Trust for Your Estate Plan

Making the decision between a Will or a Revocable Living Trust is the first step when starting an estate plan. Generally, both Wills and Living Trusts can accomplish the same end results by addressing how you want your assets transferred to your desi… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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What to Consider When Naming a Beneficiary For Your Estate Plan

When preparing your estate plan, you will need to consider and name beneficiaries who will inherit your assets. Your beneficiaries can receive assets from your will or trust, through life insurance policies, as part of a retirement plan, or through s… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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Probate vs. Non-Probate Assets

Transferring property after someone dies can be complicated. Many people mistakenly believe that their will is sufficient to transfer their assets. They fail to consider the difference between probate and non-probate assets and the effect that transf… Read More
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Co-Ownership Agreement Between Unmarried Couples

If you are considering buying a house with someone who is not your spouse, it is crucial that you have a co-ownership agreement in place. A co-ownership agreement is a legal document that describes how ownership of the property will be divided, what… Read More
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Categories: Real Estate