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Has Anybody Seen My Wife?

Rodney Dangerfield once joked that “my wife and I sleep in separate rooms, have dinner apart, and take separate vacations - we're doing everything we can to keep our marriage together!” But what if your wife didn't live with you and still wanted to inherit your property after your death?

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Can You Make A Will On Your Phone?

The Michigan Court of Appeals was recently asked to decide if a completely electronic "will" was valid. The ruling was thatit is.

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Credit Freeze Is Now FREE

On May 24th, President Trump signed theEconomic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, which loosens the restrictions placed on banks after the financial crisis. What the new law means for you is that you can now "freeze" or "thaw" your credit for free.

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How To "Ace" Estate Planning

My alma mater, Kalamazoo College, recently sent out a newsletter about the importance of estate planning. One featured topic was how to stop putting off, and how to start, the planning of your estate.

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Is Your Power Of Attorney Stale?

Legal Strategies receives many phone calls after a child starts handling her parents' affairs. Often the child is frustrated because a bank or financial broker is refusing to accept a power of attorney, and the child cannot get control of the assets needed to pay her parents' bills.

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Landlord Not Required To Return Rent

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently ruled on a casein whichalandlord of residential property did not have a valid rental permit as required by a local ordinance.

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Homestead Exemptions: What You Need To Know

Most people are aware that under Proposal A, the property taxes on your principal residence are discounted. In order to obtain that discount, it is necessary to file aPrincipal Residence Exemption Affidavit.By signing the affidavit, you are swearing to the following under oath and penalty of perjury:

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Was Mom Competent To Sign Her Will?

Michigan law has a very specific test for determining whether a testator (the person singing a will) had testamentary capacity when she signed her will.

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Michigan Yard Sales And The Law

Spring is finally here in Michigan! We know what that means: crocuses, daffodils, and yard and garage sale signs are popping up all over. If you're holding a sale yourself, we have some important information for you.

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How To Avoid An Unwanted Inheritance

A recentarticle in the New York Timesaddresses the subject of what to do with family keepsakes and heirlooms once an aging parent downsizes or dies. Many older adults have assumed they would pass their possessions down to their heirs.However, the reality is that many younger people don't have room for andd o not wanta large dining room set or a buffet full of china, a tea service, and gravy boats.