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.
One of the more challenging situations when an elderly parent is declining is having to take over their finances. Sometimes it may happen gradually such as when a loved one has dementia, or it can happen suddenly if a loved one suffers a stroke or other sudden illness. Regardless of how it happens, becoming a financial caregiver is a huge responsibility that is not to be taken lightly. The law requires that a financial caregiver (legally called a fiduciary) act in the love
Individuals work a lifetime accumulating assets, personal property and mementos. It only takes a small investment of time to make sure those valued items pass on to your loved ones. If executed correctly, a Last Will and Testament can clearly state your wishes and ensure they are carried out properly. Other important reasons to take the time to prepare a will are: 1. You care about your family and loved ones and you do not want to leave them to figure everything out on the
The Bible explains that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil (see 1 Timothy 6:10). Unfortunately, this 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, broken lamp or over something valuable, families can be forever torn apart. I once had a family that wa