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.
Planning for our future incapacity is something no one wants to do. Yet new research, found that avoiding planning ahead is an especially serious problem in the elderly. Olivia S Mitchell, a professor of insurance/risk management and business economics/policy at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania described her research findings in the Wall Street Journal. Mitchell found that one reason seniors avoid planning ahead is because they become increasingly impatien
The Medicare Medical Savings Account (MSA) is possibly one of Medicare’s best kept secrets. According to a recent CNBC article, if you are 65 or older, relatively healthy, and have a high-deductible Medicare Advantage plan, you may qualify for an MSA. Funds in an MSA account accrue interest and grow tax-free. Funds can then be withdrawn for qualified medical expenses. Despite all the benefits of an MSA, there are currently only 5,000 participants—out of the approximately 19 m
A new regulation from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) went into effect earlier this month, as reported by Investment News. It requires that brokers attempt to find a trusted contact person if they fear a client is suffering from mental incapacity or is the victim of a scam. This regulation is meant to target elder abuse. A trusted contact person should be listed at the time an account is opened or during account updates with existing clients. The FINRA rul