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
One of the most important estate planning decisions you will make is deciding who will be responsible for your care if you become disabled and who will administer your will or trust after your death. This “job” often requires a great deal of time and responsibility which can include making health care decisions, paying bills, managing finances, yearly accountings, investment decisions, filing tax returns, dealing with other family members, etc. Most people typically just name