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A Closer Look at Stimulus Payments

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on just about everyone as of this writing, and not just physically speaking. The economic impacts of the pandemic have been felt far and wide, and the three stimulus payments most Americans have received were a… Read More
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Categories: Finances

Undue Influence Among Elders

Often, when a dispute arises over a deceased person’s estate, someone disappointed in their share will accuse someone who received more of having exerted “undue influence” over the deceased. What is undue influence, and how do you prove that so… Read More
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Tips to Protect Assets from Nursing Home Costs

As difficult as it may be to think about, there is a decent likelihood that you may someday need care in a long-term care facility, as about forty percent of Americans who live to age 65 do. If you have ever had a close relative in a nursing home, yo… Read More
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Update: Proposed Changes to Estate Tax Laws

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” The saying is true as far as it goes. But where death and taxes meet, change seems to happen with every administration, and not always for… Read More
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How to Choose the Right Elder Law Attorney

If you have an aging parent or spouse, you may have unanswered questions about their future. What happens if and when they can no longer care for themselves? Where will they live? Who will help them, and will they be able to be able to afford the car… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law

Claiming a Parent as a Dependent

It’s safe to say that 2020 was a different year for most of us in just about every respect. Some of us had different living situations, staying together in the same household as a “bubble” with extended family. Others provided greater financial… Read More
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What is Medicaid Spend Down?

When it comes time to receive long-term care, whether at home, assisted living, or in a nursing home, most people find they cannot afford to pay for care out of pocket for very long, especially for nursing home care. Even a semi-private room can cost… Read More
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Categories: Medicaid Planning

Understanding Informal Probate in Michigan

People often refer to an estate having to “go through probate” as if probate were a single, standardized process. In fact, there is more than one type of probate. In Michigan, there is formal and informal probate. The formal probate process is ov… Read More
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Categories: Probate Litigation

How to Avoid Probate in Michigan

Probate is the court-supervised process of settling a deceased person’s estate: making sure all assets are located, all legitimate debts are paid, and the remaining property transferred to the people the deceased intended to have it. Depending on t… Read More
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Categories: Probate Litigation

Mental Health Issues for Seniors

Not so long ago, people who found themselves struggling with mental health issues kept it to themselves. Mental illness has long been stigmatized in a way that physical illness simply is not. Fortunately, the taboo on talking about mental illness is… Read More
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