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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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What Does Biden’s Tax Plan Mean for Step-Up in Basis?

During the 2020 presidential campaign, media coverage of the candidates’ tax plans was largely limited to income tax, most notably Joe Biden’s assurances that families earning less than $400,000 annually would not see their income tax increase. B… Read More
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Categories: Tax Planning

Working From Home: Tips for Success

Little more than a year ago, many people would have said that the opportunity to work from home sounded like a dream. One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and working from home is a reality for many people. And while it may have seemed like a great n… Read More
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Eight Tips to Maintain Brain Health as You Age

If the TV commercials for supplements to enhance brain health are any indication, people are concerned about keeping their brain healthy, especially as they age. It’s a valid concern; most of us know someone who has suffered from Alzheimer’s or o… Read More
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