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A Landlord's Life - It's Not "Easy Money"

Michigan’s depressed real estate market has caused many home sellers to consider becoming a landlord and renting their homes to tenants instead of trying to sell them. Before jumping into the role of a landlord, one needs to be aware that Michigan law is designed to protect tenants (who in the eyes of the law […]

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Dangerous Real Estate Contracts

There is an old expression in the law that “An oral contract isn’t worth the paper that it’s written on.” This is especially true for contracts that involve real estate. A contract to buy or sell real estate MUST be in writing in order to be enforced by a court. A lease lasting more than […]

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The Trouble With Secret Property Deeds

Many clients like to plan their estate by making sure there are always a least two owners on a piece of real estate. That way, when one owner dies, there is no need to go through the probate court to have the property transferred; it simply passes to the survivor. This is simple enough to […]

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Estate Beneficiary vs Owner: Do You Have Full Control Of Your Assets?

Many people like to plan their estates by having two names on every asset. That way, when one owner dies, the asset automatically passes to the surviving owner, thus avoiding probate court. Once a person is added as an owner to an asset, that ownership takes effect immediately, and all owners have equal claim to […]

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Estate Planning Tips to Avoid Family Feuds

It is common practice to always name at least two owners on any asset. When one owner dies, the asset passes to the surviving owner and probate court can be avoided. However, problems can arise if a parent adds only one of his children as a co-owner on an asset. The parent and child may […]

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Joint Asset Ownership May Lead To Unnecessary Capital Gains Tax

You may have heard that it is wise to always title assets in the name of two people, or “owners.” In the event of the death of one owner, the asset passes directly to the surviving owner and avoids probate court. However, did you know that in some cases, including an additional owner on an […]

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Who Should Be Your Personal Representative?

Deciding who should take charge of your affairs after you are gone can be very tricky. Parents often just list all of their kids to be co-representatives, but that can result in deadlocks and disagreements. Simply listing the kids, in their birth order, can also be a problem and can create resentment between the children. […]

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Prevent Family Feuds With A Simple Will

Too often, families are torn apart by trying to decide "who-gets-what" after a parent dies. A recent story in the Denver Post compiled a few of the horror stories that estate planning attorneys see on a regular basis: An irate sister who smashed a crystal vase in her attorney’s parking lot “so nobody will get […]

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New Law Helps Caregivers Of Veterans

On May 5, 2010, President Obama signed the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act into law. This law is designed to ensure that families of veterans who were severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan will receive comprehensive, coordinated financial and other support to provide home-care for these veterans. This new law provides: Health care, […]

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Legal Strategies, P.C. 

Terri North is the Macomb County, Michigan attorney who heads up the Legal Strategies practice. Legal Strategies assists clients in the areas of estate planning, probate and real estate. 
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