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Medicare Open Enrollment for 2018: What to Watch For

It’s that time of year again: the Medicare open enrollment period for the upcoming year. Let’s take a look at what you can do during this period, which runs from October 15 to December 7, and changes to Medicare open enrollment for 2018,… Read More
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Categories: Medicare

Long-Distance Caregiving: What You Need to Know

Caring for an aging parent is challenging enough when your parent is in your home or a few minutes’ drive away. Unfortunately, the realities of modern life mean that many of us move away from our hometowns for work or education when our parents… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law

Nine Apps Seniors Should Know

Just because the first time you used a phone it had a dial and a curly cord, doesn’t mean you don’t know your way around a smartphone. But new apps are being developed every day, and they’re not just for kids. Check out these nine a… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law

Under Observation: How Hospitals Cost Seniors

Every year, tens of thousands of senior citizens believe that they have been admitted to the hospital when they have not. This mistaken belief isn’t caused by dementia or some other neurological deficit. In fact, it’s a perfectly logical… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law

New Social Security Scam Targets Seniors

Scams directed at senior citizens are nothing new, but technology makes it easier to carry out a plausible, widespread con, and so these dangerous schemes are proliferating. The latest batch of deception threatens something most older Americans have… Read More
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SBO Trusts After Hegadorn: What You Should Know

The prospect of placing a spouse in a nursing home is daunting for many reasons, not least of which is financial. The average cost of nursing home care in Michigan is $249 per day, or over $90,000 per year. This, of course, doesn’t include the… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning

Philip Seymour Hoffman's $12 Million Mistake

Imagine what it would be like to be the beneficiary of a multimillion dollar estate. Now imagine what it would be like to have that estate reduced by about a third, or $12 million. Not because that money went to another heir, or to charity, but becau… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning

Five Things You Can Do to Help Prevent Dementia

If you’re one of the rare people who has not known someone afflicted with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, congratulations. But if you’re like most of us, you’ve watched at least one family member or friend suffer, and… Read More
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The State of Long-Term Care in the U.S. and Michigan

Every day in the United States, 10,000 people turn 65. As the Baby Boomers enter their retirement years, that number will grow. What’s more, an increasing segment of the population is living into their eighties. Sooner or later, many of those p… Read More
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If the Estate Tax is Repealed, Do I Still Need a Trust?

Trusts are often spoken of as a way to eliminate or reduce the tax burden on an estate. Now that there is a Republican president in office and Republicans control congress, many people hope that the estate tax will be repealed. If that happens, are t… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning

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