Practice Areas

Estate Planning

Estate Planning is the development of a plan for managing your assets and affairs during your lifetime, in case of incapacity, and upon your death. Estate Planning & Elder Law Services can tailor an estate plan to meet your particular needs. This… Read More

Estate Planning Basics

We help our clients achieve their estate planning goals by utilizing a number of estate planning documents including Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney. A proper estate plan deals with not only what happens to someone's estate at death, but also… Read More

Wills & Trusts

A Will (or “Last Will and Testament”) is a legal document that allows you to direct how your assets will be distributed, who will handle your final affairs, and who will care for your minor children after your death. However, a Will cannot keep y… Read More

Powers of Attorney

Every Michigan estate plan should include a Financial Power of Attorney, a Medical Power of Attorney, and a HIPAA Authorization. A Financial Power of Attorney ("FPOA") (a/k/a a Durable Power of Attorney) is a document in which you empower someone t… Read More

Tax Planning

To avoid unnecessary taxation, proper estate planning may require more than the use of Basic Estate Planning techniques such as Wills, Living Trusts, and Powers of Attorney. You may need to consider advanced tax planning techniques if: You are sing… Read More

Special Needs Planning

Special Needs Planning involves the development of a plan to provide for the “special needs” of a disabled person. This typically involves the parent of a disabled child planning for when the parent will no longer be able to act as the ch… Read More

Elder Law

Elder Law is an area of the law that addresses issues affecting the elderly, including estate planning, retirement benefits, coordination and financing of elder care, governmental benefits (Social Security, Medicaid, Veteran’s Benefits, etc.), prot… Read More

Medicaid Planning

The impact that long term care costs can have on you and your family should not be ignored. Here are the facts: The average monthly cost of a nursing care facility in Michigan is $8,084. Roughly 1 out of 4 Americans ages 55-79 is severely disabled. Read More

Veterans Benefits

While the Veteran’s Administration (VA) offers numerous benefits programs to veterans, there is one little known program that can greatly improve the lives of elderly veterans and their surviving spouses in need of medical assistance and care t… Read More

Elder Transitions Planning ™

One of the most confusing and stressful times for Michigan seniors and their families is when they must transition from complete independence to some level of dependence, whether it be the need for in-home care, or the need to reside in a senior livi… Read More

Elder Rights Advocacy

Our attorneys and professional team are aggressive advocates for the rights of our elderly clients. This typically involves advocating for senior citizens who are victims of elder abuse, as well as advocating for the elder’s right to proper car… Read More

Financial Exploitation of Elders

Financial exploitation is defined as the illegal or improper use of an elder’s funds, property, or assets. Michigan defines financial “exploitation” as: “an action that involves the misuse of an adult’s funds, property,… Read More

Physical Abuse of Elders

Physical abuse is defined as the use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment. Michigan law defines “abuse” to mean: “harm or threatened harm to an adult’s health or welfare caused by an… Read More

Elder Neglect and Self-Neglect

Neglect is defined as the refusal or failure to fulfill any part of a person’s obligations or duties to an elder. Neglect may also include failure of a person who has fiduciary responsibilities to provide care for an elder (e.g., pay for necess… Read More

Probate & Trust Administration

One of our firm’s primary goals is to assist our clients in preparing an estate plan that prevents any unnecessary probate court involvement. However, for those who have not done the planning required to avoid probate, or if disputes arise rega… Read More

Lifetime Probate

One of our firm’s primary goals is to assist our clients prepare an estate plan that prevents any unnecessary probate court involvement. However, for those who have not done the planning required to avoid probate, it may be necessary for someon… Read More

Death Probate

The death of someone you care about is one of the most difficult events we face during our lives. It requires us to deal with numerous legal, financial, business, and emotional issues. When a loved one passes away, our attorneys can lead a family thr… Read More

Trust Administration

Our team of legal and accounting professionals can assist with every aspect of the trust administration process if the person becomes incapacitated or passes away. Aside from assisting with the administration of a “Living Trust” (which ty… Read More

Tax Preparation

Our team of legal and accounting professionals can handle all of your tax reporting needs, including the preparation of Personal Income Tax Returns, Fiduciary Income Tax Returns (for Estates & Trust), Estate Tax Returns, and Gift Tax Returns. Bec… Read More

Probate Litigation

Based in Southeast Michigan, Estate Planning & Elder Law Services has experience handling a variety of probate litigation matters, including: Matters relating to the validity and construction of wills, codicils, and trust agreements, including c… Read More

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