An Education in Estate Planning

Education is one of the most important aspects of estate planning. Families come to us with many questions about “what’s next,” or they simply want to know where to begin when it comes to estate planning. One of the biggest things we educate our clients on is the importance of updating their estate plan. This… Read More »

Are We Nearing The End Of Medicare’s Three-Day Rule That Makes Patients Pay For Skilled Nursing Care?

From a recent Forbes.com article (link to the original article by Howard Gleckman): President Trump’s Medicare chief, Seema Verma, may have signaled the beginning of the end of Medicare’s three-day rule—the requirement that Medicare will pay for post-acute care or rehabilitation in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) only if a beneficiary first spends at least… Read More »

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 »

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 »

Gray Divorce

When a couple who has been married for several years decides to end their marriage, their reasons are usually complex.  It may be that after decades together, they have grown apart or because of something as devastating as an affair.   While divorce can be one of the most financially and emotionally devastating experiences a person… Read More »

What a Certified Elder Law Attorney Can do for you

When you enter your retirement years, there will be changes to multiple aspects of your life.  Some of your primary concerns will probably involve healthcare coverage, income, paying for long-term care, and estate planning.  Each area is complex and has its own laws and requirements.  Therefore, to address all of your legal needs successfully and… Read More »

Protecting Marital Assets When Your Spouse has Dementia

There are few situations as heartbreaking as watching your spouse develop and suffer from the symptoms of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.  In some cases, your partner may have mild indications such as some limited memory loss while in others, they may have severe confusion which interferes with his or her ability to attend… Read More »

Creating an Ironclad Will

Your last will and testament or “will” is a part of your estate plan which permits you set out the way in which you want your property to be distributed and have other matters handled when you pass away.  Ideally, what you have said in your will is going to be easily understood and accepted… Read More »