With lots of people now working remotely, I can’t help wondering: is this going to have an impact on real estate? I was already noticing advertising for new houses touting the inclusion of home office space. Then I saw this headline: “Nearly 12 Million Square Feet of Vacant Office Space in S.F.” So yes, I […]
REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: September 2020 Virtual Notarization Is Now A Thing In Arizona
In November of last year, I wrote about new laws that make it possible to have an electronic will. Statutes that authorize the use of electronic wills are now in effect in Arizona and a few other states. In my newsletter on this topic, I predicted that the idea wasn’t likely to catch on until the required […]
ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: August 2020 What Is “Funding” A Trust?
I have written at various times in the past about re-titling your assets after you have established a trust, and emphasized the importance of this process. When you establish a trust, the objective is to facilitate the management, and eventual distribution, of your assets. To make that work, there must be assets that are owned […]
REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: July 2020 Does The Government Seize Your Property If You Underpay Your Property Taxes?
You may have heard about a recent decision by the Michigan Supreme Court that said the government could not seize a home because the owner underpaid the property taxes by $8.41. The court’s reasoning was that the outcome amounted to the government taking the property without just compensation, in violation of the constitutional guarantee that […]