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Michigan Real Estate Law: Property Tax Appeals 101

Real Estate Tax Law

Never in the history of the State have we experienced such dramatic reductions in real estate property values; the year-to-year declines in property values since 2007 are unprecedented.  Residents of Saginaw, Bay City, Midland, and surrounding communities have experienced significant […]

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REAL ESTATE PRIMER FOR LANDLORDS: YOUR TENANT STOPS PAYING?

Real Estate

The most common issue that arises for a landlord is when a tenant, for whatever reason, stops paying rent. The reasons for non-payment may range from simply forgetting to pay rent a particular month, to unexpected financial difficulty, to not […]

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Wills and Trusts: Congress’ Failure to Act Forces Estate Plan Reviews

Estate Planning

This past February, I did a blog discussing the fact that Congress has eight years to fix a problem, but suggested that it would be fixed sometime during 2010.  Well, it is now late August, and Congress has still not […]

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Anna Nicole Smith’s Oral Trust Claim Helps Her Estate’s Litigators Not Her Heirs

Estate Planning

The entire Anna Nicole Smith story regarding her claim to her elderly late husband’s estate began in 2007 with her claim her late husband made a oral will or trust granting her much of his wealth.  This saga continues with […]

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On Deathbed Actor Dennis Hopper is Encouraged to Divorce His Wife of 14 Years in an Estate Planning Dispute

Estate Planning

This is a will and trust story gone horribly wrong.  Sadly, the circumstance are not that uncommon.   Children from a previous marriage and a current wife battling over an estate.  The”Easy Rider” star, filed for divorce shortly after revealing he […]

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Estate Tax Eliminated? For Now.

Tax Law

For eight years our Congress has been aware of the need to fix our estate tax problems and for eight years nothing was done.  You see, President George W. Bush wanted to eliminate estate tax for good. The best he […]

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