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Michigan Real Estate Tax – UPDATED New Transfer of Ownership Rules

Posted on October 23, 2014
At the end of 2013, Michigan added a new real estate tax law that said a transfer of residential real property is not a transfer of ownership for purposes of real estate tax uncapping if the buyer and seller are related by blood or affinity to the first degree. There were 2 main questions that ... CONTINUE READING

Top 4 Reasons You Haven’t Created an Estate Plan Yet

Posted on October 10, 2014
1. I’m too busy to think about an estate plan, and I won’t die tomorrow anyway. This is a very understandable feeling most people have about finally sitting down to think about the inevitable. We all lead very busy lives, and thinking about scary things like disability and death get pushed to the bottom of ... CONTINUE READING

Does the Age of Your Estate Planning Attorney Matter?

Posted on August 18, 2014
Finding an estate planning attorney that you trust is very important.  Finding an estate planning attorney that will still be practicing law years down the road when you pass away may be just as important. Estate Planning attorneys do work for you now, while you are still alive, but did you know one of their ... CONTINUE READING

What You Should Know About the Home Closing Process in Michigan

Posted on August 16, 2014
Attorney Adam Zuwerink recently completed an interview for MichiganHomes.com about the real estate closing process in Michigan. Unlike many other states, Michigan does not require an attorney be involved with residential homes sales. But even though Michigan real estate brokers and title companies handle most residential closings, there is still a role to play for attorneys ... CONTINUE READING

Michigan Real Estate Tax – New Transfer of Ownership Rules

Posted on February 22, 2014
Oct. 2014 Update – Michigan has passed a new law expanding the categories of persons who can take advantage of this uncapping exemption. Michigan added a new real estate tax law beginning in 2014 that says a transfer of residential real property is not a transfer of ownership for purposes of real estate tax uncapping if the buyer ... CONTINUE READING

Michigan Real Estate Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans

Posted on December 10, 2013
Update 8/26//14 – The Michigan State Tax Commission has published a new document titled P.A. 161 of 2013: Disabled Veterans Exemption – Frequently Asked Questions, which is a comprehensive guide to the timing of when disabled veteran’s are allowed to claim the exemption.   The State of Michigan recently passed a law allowing for disabled veterans who ... CONTINUE READING

IRS Announces 2014 Retirement Plan Limitations

Posted on November 4, 2013
The IRS has announced the 2014 cost-of-living adjustments for retirement plan related limitations, with some of the most watched figures staying the same from 2013 and some increasing slightly.  The 401(k) deferral limitation remains at $17,500 (the additional catch-up contribution limit for those over 50 remains at $5,500), the annual defined contribution plan maximum limit has increased ... CONTINUE READING

Attorney Adam Zuwerink Named Michigan 2013 Super Lawyers Rising Star

Posted on September 5, 2013
West Michigan Law, P.C. is proud to announce that Adam Zuwerink has been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in the practice area of Real Estate. Only 2.5% of Michigan attorneys under age 40 are chosen for the Rising Stars list each year. Super Lawyers selects Rising Stars based ... CONTINUE READING

Michigan Pet Trusts Lawyer

Posted on August 31, 2013
What will happen to your beloved pets when you pass? It is becoming more and more common that special arrangements be made for our four-legged friends before we die. Known as a pet care trust or animal trust, this legal document provides for continued care and maintenance of domesticated pets in the event of an owner’s ... CONTINUE READING

What Is A Gun Trust? The Legal Alternative

Posted on August 1, 2013
UPDATE (January 15, 2016): The federal government issued a final rule today, to be effective in July, 2016, that modifies the below analysis. Trustees and responsible persons of a gun trust will now have to submit fingerprints and be subject to a background check when submitting an application to the ATF, but CLEO approval is ... CONTINUE READING