October 23, 2019


 The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) ordinarily releases updated figures for Medicaid qualification. Typically these updates are released in late summer and most importantly, they reflect the cost of living increases that all of us exp...

August 29, 2019


 Because Congress has an insatiable appetite to spend (even when they have to borrow to do it), it seems it’s always looking for new ways to take more of your money.  The latest example is the Setting Up Every Community for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE...

April 5, 2019

Kaiser Health News recently published a story, Frail Seniors Find Ways to Live Independently which detailed the positive impact of a program for frail low-income seniors called: “Community Aging in Place - Advancing Better Living for Elders” (CAPABLE).  According to a...

November 16, 2017

I’m often asked if I specialize in elder law.  Not only do I answer “yes”, I typically try to explain the reason for my answer.  While there are many attorneys who claim to be elder law attorneys, certainly not all specialize in it.  I believe an attorney who claims to...

November 4, 2017

The Social Security Administration recently announced that more than 65 million recipients will receive a 2% cost of living adjustment (COLA) in 2018. For the average retiree, that means an increase of $27.00 per month.  Yet before you make plans on what to do with thi...

October 19, 2010

What is Elder Law?

More than 20 years ago, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) began.  Its primary purpose was to improve the quality of legal services provided to seniors and individuals with special needs.  Since that time, NAELA has grown to over 4,00...

June 8, 2010

Generally when a Special Needs Trust is created, questions arise as to what types of distributions will negatively impact the beneficiary's current SSI benefits. Here are a few basic examples of distributions which will reduce the SSI Benefit:

  1. Basic shelter related...

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