Dower is a widow’s right to a one-third life estate in real estate owned by her deceased husband during marriage. A wife’s dower had been recognized in Michigan since the time it became a state in 1857. Michigan was the only state that had dower but not curtsy – a husband’s right to an interest in his wife’s property. By definition, dower only applied to a widow and many anticipated potential constitutional issues for dower in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. On January 5, 2017, Governor Snyder signed legislation eliminating dower except for a widow whose husband dies before the effective date of the law – 90 days from January 5.
A study released last month from Merrill Lynch and AgeWave (“The Journey of Caregiving: Honor, Responsibility and Financial Complexity”) examines the emotional, functional and financial implications of caregiving. While 7 out of 10 Americans turning age 65 today will need “care for prolonged periods” and 1 out of 5 likely to need care for more […]
I’m often asked if I specialize in elder law. Not only do I answer “yes”, I typically try to explain the reason for my answer. While there are many attorneys who claim to be elder law attorneys, certainly not all specialize in it. I believe an attorney who claims to specialize in elder law should […]
The Social Security Administration recently announced that more than 65 million recipients will receive a 2% cost of living adjustment (COLA) in 2018. For the average retiree, that means an increase of $27.00 per month. Yet before you make plans on what to do with this extra money, most retirees will find that the 2% […]