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. Our estate planning attorneys at Estate Planning & Elder Law Services can tailor an estate plan to…

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…

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…

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…

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 single…

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…

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…

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.

Veterans Benefits

While the Veteran’s Administration (VA) offers numerous veterans benefits programs, 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 that…

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…

Elder Rights Advocacy

Our attorneys and professional team are aggressive advocates for the rights of our elder clients. This typically involves advocating for senior citizens who are victims of elder abuse, as well as elder law and advocacy for proper care and treatment…

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 the intentional use of physical force to cause pain, illness, injury, distress, functional impairment, or death. While no one should be subject to abuse, physical elder abuse is especially disturbing. Many older people are frail or…

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…

Probate & Trust Administration

One of our firm’s primary goals is to assist our clients in preparing a trust or 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 ar…

Lifetime Probate

onserOne 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 s…

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…

Trust Administration

At Estate Planning & Elder Law Services, our team of legal and accounting professionals assist with every aspect of the trust administration process for many types of trusts. In recent years, living trusts have become an increasingly popular esta…

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…

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 cl…

  • Elder Law: Allow our law firm to help you with your elder law needs and feel confident facing the future.
  • Medicaid Planning: Our attorneys can help you structure your assets to protect them from a nursing home so your family can still inherit.
  • Probate and Trust Administration: Our experienced probate and trust administration lawyers can help you navigate the complex legal process to ensure your rights are protected.
  • Elder Rights Advocacy: Contact our law firm to schedule a free consultation so that we can explain your legal rights.
  • Financial Exploitation of Elders: Our lawyers and other legal staff will work tirelessly to protect you or your loved one from further financial exploitation.
  • Elder Transitions Planning: To learn more about how we can help with elder transitions planning, contact our law office, and ask to schedule an appointment.
  • Advanced Healthcare Directives: Creating an advanced healthcare directive now can help your family eliminate unnecessary guesswork and understand your wishes for the future.
  • Wills & Living Trusts: Contact our law office to learn how to protect your family by creating a will or living trust.
  • Lifetime Probate: Our lawyers can help you manage lifetime probate matters, including guardianships and conservatorship, and challenge the need for an appointment if necessary.
  • Trust Litigation: If you are experiencing issues regarding a trust, you need an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the complex legal process.