December 5, 2011

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 ens...

August 22, 2011

There is a lot of misinformation that exists in the area of estate planning. Nearly every day someone will tell us for example, that they heard that if you have a will "there is no probate". Unfortunately, this type of erroneous information is often passed on as helpfu...

August 18, 2011

Leaving your family to sort through all of your papers after your death or following an emergency is often very time consuming and extremely frustrating. There is also a good chance that they will not locate an insurance policy, bank account or other assets that you h...

August 17, 2011

Not too long ago "do it yourself" meant trying to fix a leaky toilet instead of calling a plumber. Or perhaps it involved changing your oil, spark plugs and air filter without a mechanic. Nowadays "do it yourself" means much more. Thanks primarily to the internet, nume...

October 19, 2010

In previous editions of the Elder Law Today, we have emphasized the importance of having a power of attorney.  Without a comprehensive power of attorney, many people are unable to handle the financial affairs of their loved ones, nor make health care decisions without...

October 19, 2010

On April 1, 2010 the new Michigan Trust Code (MTC) took effect.  According the MTC committee, the new trust code represents a continuation of the modernization of Michigan’s law governing estates and trusts which began in 2000 with the Estates and Protected Individuals...

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...

October 18, 2010

In previous issues of Elder Law Today, we have written about the Michigan Choice Waiver Program (MI Choice Waiver Program).  This program provides home and community based long term care services to persons who are elderly or physically disabled.  It is designed to all...

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:

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