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.
In past issues of Elder Law Today, we have explained how the Medicaid laws work for married couples when one spouse needs nursing home care. The Spousal Impoverishment Provisions make it clear that the Medicaid program does not intend to impoverish one spouse because the other spouse requires nursing home care. Much of this is […]
Doctors and physiologists are calling for increased awareness of the health risks associated with loneliness, as reported in the Wall Street Journal. A 2010 AARP study found that loneliness among adults age 45 and over is on the rise due to increased divorce rates, social media, and the increased prevalence of single person households. 35% […]
Seema Verna, an administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently wrote an opinion article in the Wall Street Journal. Verna discusses the financial problems facing both Medicare and Medicaid – and the 130 million Americans who rely on these programs. She hopes that the Innovation Center, founded in 2010 to test new […]