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Livonia Senior Citizen Resources

Resources for Senior Citizens in Livonia, MI As an experienced elder law, estate planning, and probate law firm, we regularly interact with many senior citizens and their families. These interactions provide us with unique insights on legal requirements and needs associated with the elderly population. We’ve prepared this page to provide information on various local resources for senior citizens located in the City of Livonia, MI. Continue reading to learn more. List of Free Elder Resources Below is a list of free senior citizen resources offered by the City of Livonia and certain [...]

September 16th, 2019|Michigan Elder Law|

Plymouth Senior Citizen Resources

Resources for Senior Citizens in Plymouth, MI As an experienced law firm that practices in the areas of elder law, estate planning, and probate, we regularly deal with senior citizens and their families. As a result, we are very familiar with the unique needs associated with the aging population. This page provides information on resources for senior citizens in Plymouth, MI which is where our law firm is located. We hope you find these resources helpful. List of Free Elder Resources Below is a list of resources offered to senior citizens in Plymouth, [...]

September 12th, 2019|Michigan Elder Law|

Michigan Estate Tax

An estate tax refers to a monetary fee imposed by the state or federal government based upon the value of someone’s estate after they pass away. In Michigan, there isn’t a “Michigan estate tax” persay; however, there are cases where individuals may be required to pay certain taxes after receiving assets. This article discusses aspects of inheritance tax, estate tax, and other relevant points regarding asset taxation in the State of Michigan. Asset Taxation in Michigan Michigan has a state sales tax of 6% and a state income tax of 4.25%. Michigan also taxes pensions [...]

What is Probate?

What is Probate? As an experienced law firm that routinely deals with elderly clients and their families, we are often asked “what is probate?” Before answering this question, it’s important to understand that there’s a specialized court known as “probate court.” These courts deal with specialized issues relating to illness, disability, and death. Simply put, probate is a court supervised process that oversees the distribution of someone’s assets and inheritance after they pass away. This article provides a background on probate and describes various legal issues that an attorney who practices in this area deals [...]

What is Estate Planning?

What is Estate Planning? One of the more common questions our law firm encounters is “what is estate planning?” Before answering this question, it’s important to point out that estate planning is one of the most misunderstood concepts of law. For instance, many believe that this concept is only applicable to super wealthy or elderly individuals. Simply put, this is not true. The short answer to this question is that estate planning is setting up a plan so that your wishes are known in the event you become ill or pass away. This article provides [...]

What is Elder Law?

What is Elder Law? One of the most common questions our law firm is asked at seminars or by clients or their families is “what is elder law?” Although this is a simple question, the complete answer is more in depth then you may think. With that said, the short answer to this question is, elder law is an area of law that specializes in the legal needs associated with aging. This article provides background on this area of law and describes legal issues that an attorney practicing in this area focuses on. Background Elder [...]

8 Estate Planning Benefits

8 Estate Planning Benefits Estate planning protects you and your family. This protection becomes necessary if you become incapacitated, or when you pass away. Many issues should be addressed in a well written plan. The following article lists a few of these essential points. #1. Providing for Your Family When a loved one becomes incapacitated or passes away a family is under a great deal of stress. This is not the best time for the added burden of financial stressors. Prior legal planning assists a family during this difficult time. A properly written plan ensures [...]

Medicaid Trust – Protect Your Assets

Medicaid Trust - Protect Your Assets Due to the expense of nursing home care some people turn to Medicaid to pay the high costs. Of course, Medicaid has numerous rules and qualifications before this coverage kicks in. In fact, Medicaid has a “countable” asset limit of $2,000. In other words, a nursing home resident and/or spouse must “spend down” or pay for their care until they almost have no money left. Fortunately, an experienced attorney can guide families through various ways in setting up a medicaid trust, or another type of trust to safeguard some [...]

Legal Issues Involving Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Legal Issues Involving Alzheimer’s & Dementia Dementia is not a single disease, but a collective term used to describe various symptoms of cognitive decline that occur as part of aging. A person with dementia will present various symptoms that someone else or even themselves may notice. Early symptoms, which are as a result of memory loss include: Forgetfulness especially with language Disorientation Mood and personality changes Difficulty completing familiar tasks Misplacing things Problems with abstract thinking such as dealing with money Confusion There are several types of dementia, which can range from mild cognitive impairment [...]

Reasons To Update Your Estate Plan

Reasons To Update Your Estate Plan Estate plans must be updated regularly for various reasons. Plans reflect life and financial situations at a current time and offer protection in the event you should become incapacitated. However, over the years circumstances may change and estate plans may need revisions.  It is in your best interest to get in the routine of updating your estate plan every three to five years if not more often. Failure to do so may eventually cause issues in probate court. Examples Of When To Update Your Plan Various situations require a [...]

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