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.
1. Procrastination. Most everyone is aware that it is important to have an estate plan. Far too often however, they do nothing about it. While no one likes to think about their own mortality or the prospect of becoming disabled, you can only plan before these events occur. Solution: Schedule a meeting with a qualified estate planning attorney to discuss your situation. 2. Not Having a Will. Most people do not even have a basic will. A will is very helpful in nominating who wi
If you’re like most people, you shudder at the thought of getting Alzheimer’s, yet you probably are unaware that you may be able to reduce your chances. According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times (“Eight things you can do now that might reduce your odds of dementia later”), what is good for the body is good for the brain. Here are some of the recommendations: Stay active – increasing your oxygen supply through physical activity may also help your brain. Eat well
Adults are living longer and one of the many concerns facing seniors and their families is how to age well. In a recent article from Forbes titled "Long Term Care: Navigating The Decade Ahead", author William Haseltine outlines some of the challenges we will face as our healthcare system and society struggle to keep pace. The traditional long term care model is no longer viable. Care that focuses on the individual, that gives a person the support they need for a better quali
Every January, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) releases updated figures for Medicaid qualification. Occasionally, there are not any increases in the Medicaid figures just as in some years there is not a cost of living increase for Social Security benefits. For 2020, just as Social Security recipients received a slight increase, MDHHS has also increased its Medicaid figures. The maximum spousal share is the maximum amount of countable assets the at