Do You Want to Work Post-Retirement?

Financial Exploitation: What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself

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 »

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 »

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

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 »

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 »