Did You Buy A New Home But Are Still Trying To Sell Your Old Home? Here’s How To Keep Your Property Taxes From Going Up.

On April 8, 2008, former Governor Granholm signed an amendment to the law that enables a person who has established a new principal residence to keep a Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) on property previously exempt as the owner’s principal residence. The conditional rescission allows an owner to receive a PRE on his or her current… 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 »

Lessons I’ve Learned Along the Way

Respite Care: Adult Day Services

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 »

A Memorial Day Tribute. . .

  The story goes that an unnamed World War II soldier wrote a prayer to St. Peter on the wall of his hospital room. Singer Edwin McCain took that prayer and put it to music.  It is a beautiful tribute to all our fallen service members this Memorial Day. Let them love Peter, For they’ve… Read More »

Do I Need to Claim the Portability Exemption?

  A married person usually has concerns about making sure that they plan for their estate in a manner which leaves their surviving spouse and beneficiaries with as much of their assets as possible.   For those couples whose own high-value assets which exceed a certain amount, the Portability Exemption could be a vital part of… Read More »

Planning for the Silent Thieves: Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

I search your eyes, So empty and blue, Hoping for a flicker Of what used to be you.1 If you are the wife, husband, son or daughter of someone with, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease, you may be overwhelmed emotionally, physically and financially.  You are consumed with the day-to-day care, behaviors like agitation and… Read More »

Primary Care and Your Loved One

When an individual has a condition which requires personal care within the home, having a loved one address their needs can be comforting and result in their experiencing fewer symptoms.  However, for the caregiver, taking care of a loved one at home can be challenging.   This is especially true when the caregiver is trying to… Read More »