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.
The health care debate has been in large part characterized by rhetoric and misinformation with little discussion on how the House’s American Health Care Act would actually impact states. The Congressional Budget Office – with its poor track record of analyzing proposed legislation – estimates that it would cut Medicaid spending by $800 million over […]
78% of Americans under the age of 36 do not have a will or a trust in place. Frankly, most millennials show little interest in estate planning. This can create quite the mess if you are ever (God forbid) involved in a tragic accident. As discussed in a Wealth Management article, planning your estate is […]
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last week that Medicare Cards will no longer contain Social Security numbers. The new cards will use a randomly assigned “Medicare Beneficiary Identifier” (MBI) to replace the Social Security based Health Insurance Claim Number. CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards in April 2018.