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2021 Year-End Tax Planning Checklist

If you could travel through time, it probably wouldn’t be to visit your future self next April as you do your taxes. But next April, you might wish for the ability to travel back in time to 2021 and take some actions to make that tax preparation ea… Read More
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Is DIY Estate Planning a Good Idea?

Let’s be honest: you didn’t really expect a blog post on a law firm’s website to tell you that DIY estate planning is a good idea. As estate planning attorneys, a large part of our business comes from individuals who ask us to create an estate… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning

What is the Kiddie Tax, and Why Does it Matter for You?

Children are generally taxed at a lower rate than their parents. In the past, that fact led some wealthy parents to transfer investments to their children’s names. Income on the investments was then taxed at the child’s more favorable rate rather… Read More
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Categories: Finances

Guardianship Changes Announced by Michigan Supreme Court

The issue of adult guardianship caught the attention of many Americans this year amidst the drama over Britney Spears’s 13-year guardianship and the singer’s effort to take control over her life and decisions back from her father. Few guardianshi… Read More
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Medicare Open Enrollment Checklist for 2022 Changes

It’s that time of year again: raking leaves, pulling out scarves and sweaters, enjoying cider mill donuts, and looking over your Medicare plan to make sure it’s working for you. If that last one isn’t on your fall to-do list, it should be. Thin… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law, Medicare

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 6 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. That figure is projected to more than double to 13.2 million by 2050. Many more Americans are, and will be, affected through ha… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law

Five Alternatives to Nursing Homes

For many people, the idea of ending up in a nursing home is not a positive one. Some may be worried about the cost of long-term care, which can be considerable. Others may be reluctant to give up their independence or a beloved home. And still others… Read More
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Advance Directive vs. Living Will: Which is the Better Fit for Me?

As an estate planning law firm, preparing advance directives is a regular part of the services we provide. However, we often run into confusion among clients as to what an advance directive is, and how it differs from a “living will,” a term with… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law

Does My Property Qualify for Homestead Protection?

From time to time, a client will call our law office asking about homestead protection, and whether they and their home are eligible. What is homestead protection, and why might it matter to you? The short answer is that homestead protection could pu… Read More
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What is Long-Term Care Insurance?

If you had to guess, what are the chances that you will need long-term care, either at home or in a facility? Believe it or not, 70% of people who are 65 years old today will need long-term care at some point. And, while roughly a third of people wil… Read More
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