2017Feb 21
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Probate: A definition, as well as truths and misconceptions

What is probate? Probate is the legal process by which ownership of a deceased individual’s property is transferred to someone entitled to receive it. It includes a procedure to determine and settle the debts and liabilities of the decedent. When is it needed? Probate is required for property and assets owned by the deceased in his or her…

2015Nov 16
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LOCK OUT = LOSE OUT

MCL 600.2918, in the context of landlord-tenant relationship is commonly known as the anti-lockout statute.  Landlords who violate the statute may find themselves reaching into their own pockets to compensate tenants three (3) times their actual damages or $200.00, whichever is greater for each occurrence.  The law is unsettled as to how the term “occurrence”…

2015Jun 17
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RECOVERING YOUR REAL ESTATE SOLD ON A LAND CONTRACT DUE TO NON-PAYMENT MAY NOT BE AS QUICK OR EASY AS YOU THINK

One process available to recover real estate sold on a land contract for non-payment is through an Action for Land Contract Forfeiture.  Unfortunately, many property owners are unaware of the extent of the process to recover their real estate at the time they enter into the land contract. While there are two (2) methods available,…