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You Can Only Have One

You Can Only Have One

Michigan law generally defines your principal residence as the one place you own to which, whenever you leave, you intend to return. As such, your principal residence will be deemed exempt from certain school taxes upon the filing of the requisite Pr… Read More
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Buying or Selling a Home…

Buying or Selling a Home This Summer?

Judging from our workload, real estate sales are very hot at the moment. If you are in the middle of a real estate transaction or a real estate transaction is in your future, here are a few things to keep in mind. We are hearing a lot about the scarc… Read More
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You Lied to Me!

You Lied to Me!

Home buyers don’t like when they discover problems with the home they bought, and who can blame them? But, not every problem is the responsibility of the seller. I’ve had two clients recently contacted by buyers looking for money based on alleged… Read More
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Renting Out Your Home –…

Renting Out Your Home – There Are Rules!

My husband, Tim, and I regularly head up north to visit my family. We usually bivouac at one of my brother’s homes, but that’s not possible when the whole clan is in town. On those grand occasions, several of us will rent a house together, which… Read More
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Goodbye, Dower

Goodbye, Dower

Michigan’s lame duck legislature passed another notable statute that attempts to abolish dower in our state. “Dower” is about as obscure as it sounds, and it has little relevance in today’s society. It’s a legal concept borrowed from Britis… Read More
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Michigan Recording Fees C…

Michigan Recording Fees Changed as of October 1, 2016

Pursuant to Article 7 of the Michigan Constitution, each of Michigan’s 83 counties is required to have a register of deeds. With offices located in each county seat, the register of deeds is responsible for recording “instruments” (documents) i… Read More
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Michigan’s New Solicita…

Michigan’s New Solicitation of Deeds Act

Regular readers of these postings may remember a piece written by my colleague, Julie Cotant, on December 22, 2015, titled Scams Are Always in Season. In that piece, Julie talked about a “Recorded Deed Notice” that had been received by a client,… Read More
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Scams Are Always in Seaso…

Scams Are Always in Season

A client recently completed her estate plan with our office; in conjunction with that estate plan, a new deed was recorded for her property. After the deed was recorded with the Oakland County Register of Deeds, she received a “Recorded Deed Notice… Read More
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Landlords Beware!

Landlords Beware!

We are privileged to represent many clients who own residential rental properties; drafting leases, advising on issues involving potential and current tenants, lease enforcement and evictions are just some of the services we provide. Within the past… Read More
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Keeping it in the Family

Keeping it in the Family

Last year, we told you about Michigan’s new law that exempts home and cottage transfers between certain family members from property tax uncapping. The Michigan legislature has now expanded the law to accommodate many typical transfers so that they… Read More
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