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Tips for how Michigan residents should not estate plan

Every estate plan is different. Despite the size of an estate or the value of any assets, an estate plan is pretty much the same process for all Michigan residents who want to protect their family and also protect all for which they have worked. For those who have not started or who have devised an estate plan years ago, there are some important tips about what not to do.

Zoning issues plague apartment development

A zoning change in the city of Grand Rapids could lead to a series of undesirable effects, according to residents in the area. The city commission is working to decide whether to permit purchases and sales of a corner lot on Seward Ave NW and Lake Michigan Drive. If approved, the change would allow six properties to be converted into a $15 million massive apartment complex, which would include a five-story tower and a significant amount of retail space.

Michigan landlords want higher water deposits

Town officials in Saginaw, Michigan, are thinking of making a change to the way that water customers are allowed to open up new accounts. Until now, they had been asking people for $100 when they started an account, but they are discussing a move that would raise that total to $150.

Estate plan of The Velvet Underground's Lou Reed made public

Whenever a celebrity dies, the news is typically flooded with every last detail of their demise. Then, details about the value of their estate may be made public also. One way to avoid having these details made public is for celebrities or others who have a high value estate to have a trust created rather than a will. Anyone in Michigan who is concerned about their estate plan may want to learn more about the difference between a trust and will and why some think Lou Reed handled this issue wrong.

Crowdfunding set up for Michigan real estate market

A new tactic is being used in West Michigan to finance rental properties, and it is one that many people may be familiar with by now: Crowdfunding. The popular tactic has been used for many other types of projects, but a new site that is being launched is aimed at letting people invest their money directly into real estate projects in Michigan, offering them returns on that investment in the future.

Michigan real estate company buys headquarters of two newspapers

Bedrock Real Estate Services recently announced the purchase of the building that's home to the Detroit Media Partnership. The price of the Michigan investment property has not been disclosed. However, Detroit Media Partnership's president expressed happiness about the sale and the fact that Bedrock will be the building's new owner.

Michigan families may find inheritance less than expected

The entire estate-planning process can be tricky for families to navigate. It may be challenging for an elderly family member or spouse to disclose assets and financial information to the people to whom they may be closest. However, the more transparency there is when it comes to an inheritance and estate planning, the better Michigan families may be prepared to deal with estate planning and estate administration.

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