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.
As we have discussed in previous newsletters, one of the best kept secrets of the Department of Veterans Affairs is the veteran’s pension for a non-service connected disability. This benefit – a pension program – does not require a wartime injury. It is available to veterans (and their spouses), provided the veteran is disabled, served for no less than 90 days with at least 1 day during wartime and was honorably discharged. This pension benefit can be a tremendous blessing
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued a memorandum precluding any Medicaid recipient from being involuntarily terminated from benefits for any reason other than death or moving out of State. The memorandum is effective March 19 and continues until further notice. This will be a significant relief to clients and providers who, for instance, are left without the ability to complete annual re-determinations. The Memorandum is ESA 2020-12 and it reads
A new program in Utah is helping seniors who suffer from dementia. The organizers are training volunteers to work with the elderly using puzzles and games along with other personalized activities to help patients socialize and feel connected to those around them. The program has not only helped the patients but has given much needed respite for caregivers, which are often family members. This is a great program which helps address the growing population of aging adults and th
The Bible makes it clear that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil (see 1 Timothy 6:10). Unfortunately, the love of money can impact families at the worst time – following the death of a loved one. When families are supposed to be supporting and comforting each other, they sometimes pull apart. Whether the conflict is over an inexpensive possession such as an old lamp or over something valuable, families can be forever torn apart. I once had a family that was fi