Six Things to Consider Before Making Gifts to Grandchildren

Grandparents often are particularly generous to grandchildren as they see their family’s legacy continuing on to a new generation. In many cases, grandparents feel they have ample resources and their children or grandchildren may be struggling financially. Assistance with summer camp fees, college tuition, wedding costs or the down payment on a first home, can… Read More »

A Gray Area: Navigating the Reality of “Gray Divorce”

The decision to end a marriage after many years is never an easy one. After decades together, some couples simply grow apart or struggle with bouts of infidelity. There are many reasons why couples over 50 choose to divorce, and things can be extra complicated in this type of divorce, also known as “gray divorce.”… Read More »

Do You Want to Work Post-Retirement?

A lot of retirees like to work part-time after retirement. It’s a great way to stay active, mentally, physically, and within the community. Plus, it brings in supplemental income a lot of retirees use for discretionary spending, rather that dipping into retirement or investment accounts. For some, working in retirement years is necessary — especially… Read More »

Experience and Focus

Here’s something you may not know: I am one of 19 certified elder law attorneys in the state of Michigan — a state with over 35,000 practicing attorneys. Certification in elder law is a huge step above passing the state bar and practicing as an attorney. In order to become certified, eligible attorneys are put… Read More »

Are Your Heirs Ready for Your Collectibles?

Many people invest in collectibles. Sometimes it’s an intentional investment; other times, the collection accrues simply from the love of collecting. And sometimes, people come into a collection as part of an inheritance without even realizing it has additional value. Interestingly enough, the collectibles market can be just as volatile as any financial market. In… Read More »

Preparing Your Family For the Future

Developing an estate plan is a crucial part of preparing for the future. But it’s not just your future you’re planning for; it’s the future of your family, your legacy, and beyond. Unfortunately for many families, estate planning is often something that gets sidelined. People don’t want to have frank discussions about the future, including… Read More »

Lessons I’ve Learned Along the Way

When my father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, we found ourselves really thinking about the future. Our family had to think about everything from long-term care to my father’s estate. It was a lot. But it gave our family a perspective many of our clients have. In one form or another, the unknown is something… Read More »