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Family Law Basics

The term “Family Law” covers a number of interrelated areas, including the ones summarized here. Divorce. Michigan law requires a complaint for divorce to be filed in a county where one or both of the parties reside. Because Mi… Read More
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Categories: Family Law

Administering a Trust

If a family member has made a living trust part of his or her estate plan, you may be called upon to administer or manage the trust. This will happen if the trust names you as the Successor Trustee. Here are a few things you need to know:… Read More
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Funding Your Living Trust

A living trust can be a valuable part of your estate plan – but only if you properly transfer your assets into it. There are various ways to accomplish this, depending on the type of asset. Your Home. You (or you and your spouse, if you… Read More
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Probating an Estate

When a family member dies, you may need to go through the probate process before distributing the deceased person’s property. This will be true, for example, if there’s a home solely in the deceased’s name, or a bank accou… Read More
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Real Estate Taxes

As you know, if you own a home or other real estate, you need to pay real estate taxes. In Ann Arbor, you get billed twice a year – once at the beginning of July, and again at the beginning of December. Here are some tax highlights.… Read More
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Categories: Real Estate Law

Buying a Home in Ann Arbor

Buying a home is a major event, involving a number of important documents. From a legal standpoint, there are three stages in the buying process. Sales Contract. You’ll probably start with the sales contract created by the Ann Arbor Area… Read More
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Categories: Real Estate Law

Selling a Home in Ann Arbor

Whether you sell your home through a real estate agent (as most sellers do) or sell it yourself, the process is basically the same. There are the four main stages. Disclosure Forms. You’ll need to complete a seller’s disclosure stateme… Read More
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Categories: Real Estate Law

Resolving Disputes

You know, of course, that lawyers represent clients in starting or defending a lawsuit. You may not be aware, however, that a lawyer can help you resolve a legal dispute by alternative methods – methods that usually cost less than litigat… Read More
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Categories: Civil Litigation

Your Liability for Business Debts

As a small-business owner, you’d like to avoid being personally liable for business debts. You don’t want your home, car and investment accounts to be at risk. While each situation is unique, there may be actions you can take to reduce… Read More
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Categories: Business Law

Business Contracts

Your business may use contracts regularly or occasionally in dealing with customers, clients, suppliers, employees or independent workers. Here are some basic concepts to keep in mind. Contract Requirements. A contract requires a meeting o… Read More
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Categories: Business Law

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