“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser—in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.” ~Abraham Lincoln
Estate planning covers a range of issues, from naming guardians for minor children, to clarifying the disposition of your assets, to choosing who makes decisions for you in the event of incapacitation. Every family needs an estate plan of one kind or another.
Proper estate planning can save money, headaches, and a public process of probate when you pass away.
Caring for an aging parent or family member can be overwhelming, not least because the costs have become so astronomical, and degenerative diseases mean sometimes years of medical care at the end of life. Asset protection that is legal and contemplated by the state Medicaid rules allows in many cases for the preservation of your home and other assets.
The average cost of nursing home care in Michigan is now nearly $10,000 per month. According to the National Care Planning Council, the average stay is 835 days (about 28 months).
Nobody wants to pursue bankruptcy. It’s hardly the American dream, and even when it’s necessary it’s still a difficult decision. But sometimes when medical bills mount, a job is lost, or you’re about to lose your house, it’s the best option to get back on track and have a chance to re-build.
Bankruptcy can seem overwhelming, but a fresh start and chance to re-build can provide hope, focus, and the determination to build a new stable, happy life.
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Estate and trust administration can be expensive and difficult processes. Our firm utilizes software that speeds up the process & facilitates clear & timely communication.
Special Needs Planning
Providing for the long-term care of a disabled or special needs family member can be among the most urgent and important planning. Special needs trusts can take away your worries.
Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability claims are overwhelmingly denied on the first application. Appealing with an attorney's help can make a difference.
Smoothly transitioning your business or farm through a change in ownership or structure can be a tense process without legal guidance to help avoid pitfalls that will hurt later.