Brett Howell, the founder of the Elder and Estate Planning Law Firm, specializes in helping Michigan families protect their estates. Whether you are worried about nursing home expenses that cost approximately $9,000.00 per month, assisted living expenses, having your estate avoid probate court or planning for a special needs child or grandchild, Brett has helped thousands of families obtain peace of mind when faced with such issues. Often this involves qualifying for Medicaid or VA benefits, creating a trust for an estate or a special needs trust for a disabled loved one. If you are dealing with any of these issues, contact our office for a confidential consultation to discuss your concerns with Brett – you will be glad (and relieved) you did.
What is Estate Planning? Estate Planning is preparing for the orderly transfer of everything you own at your death. In short, it is legally arranging to give what you have to those who you want to receive it. It can also include when and how you want them to receive it. Without Estate Planning, your family will have to go through the probate court in order for your assets to be transferred. Also, without such preparations, you will have no say in who your assets are transferr
Besides the obvious choice of a nursing home, there are other options to create a more customized care plan for your loved one. In-Home Nursing: In-hone nurses can be hired through an agency or privately. Using an agency may be a better choice in the long run because the agency will handle all of the paperwork involving income taxes, background check its employees, and replace a worker if they are on vacation or take a sick day. Adult Foster Care: This is an option that allow
One of the most important documents in your estate planning portfolio is a Durable Power of Attorney. This document allows an individual to name someone to handle all of their financial decisions if they are ever unable to make them for themselves. It is a common misconception that a spouse or child will automatically step up and take care of their finances if an accident or illness leaves them incapacitated. However, there are only two ways to obtain the legal authority to h
When an individual with sole ownership of a property dies, the probate court will usually determine who the property will go to. Without any designated beneficiaries, the property will pass to the individual’s heirs as decided by state law. If there is a will, the property and other assets will be passed on according to the wills terms. There is however, a way to pass property to an heir without going through the probate court. Avoiding probate is desirable to many people bec
A revocable living trust is a legal document that includes instructions concerning what should be done with your assets after you die. While a will does the same thing, a trust avoids the probate court while a will does not. When creating the trust, you will become the Grantor of the trust which means the trust belongs to you and only you can make changes to it. You will also need to appoint someone as Trustee to manage the assets in the trust during your life and after your
When completing your estate planning, difficult questions arise concerning end of life measures. With new advances in medicine, it is possible to extend one’s life using medication or machines to help with breathing, eating, or waste removal. Before deciding on end of life measures, it is important to understand what medical treatment is available and what different life sustaining treatments consist of. Life sustaining measures are used when a patient is unable to properly f