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.
According to a recent New York Times article: “You may not need another reason to retire early, but I’ll give you one anyway: It could lengthen your life.” That’s the conclusion of the article based on various research regarding the relationship between early retirement and longevity. In “The Connection Between Retiring Early and Living Longer”, the author, Austin Frakt examines a number of studies which explore this issue. The article notes however that retiring early is
No one wants to face the prospect of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Yet ignoring potential warning signs is a serious mistake. The Alzheimer’s Association has released the “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s” which can help a person determine whether a he or she should be examined by a physician or stop being a worry wart. Here are the warning signs: Memory loss that disrupts daily life. Challenges in planning or solving problems. Difficulty completing familiar tasks. Conf
A recent Washington Post article highlights the potential perils and controversy surrounding the euthanasia of the mentally ill and cognitively impaired. “How many botched cases would it take to end euthanasia of the vulnerable?” chronicles the disturbing euthanasia of a 74 year old woman with dementia. Although the woman had executed a patient advocate, it was ambiguous and when she entered a nursing home, she was no longer able to express her wishes. Nonetheless, despite h
Imagine purchasing a long term care insurance policy to protect against the cost of in-home, assisted living and nursing home costs and 20 years later, the insurance company has informed you of a significant premium increase. Now that you are in your late seventies and unable to purchase a new policy, you have really only two options: pay the higher premiums (if you can afford to) or cancel the policy. If you cancel the policy, how do you protect your estate if you should n