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Recent Legislative and Regulatory Developments Designed to Protect Seniors in Michigan

Hand Holding GavelVarious programs have recently been enacted in Michigan for the purpose of preventing and/or minimizing some of the challenges facing seniors in an effort to help them maintain a high quality of life. Read More ›

Categories: Did you Know?, Elder Law, Retirement, Senior Exploitation & Abuse

Valuable Benefits that Often Go Unused by Our Country’s Veterans

Elderly Veterans SalutingOur country’s veterans selflessly sacrificed in service of others, but whether due to pride or lack of knowledge, many don’t take advantage of the help available to them after leaving the military. There are many valuable benefits available to veterans—from tuition to long-term care assistance—that often go unused. Many of those who are eligible are unaware that certain benefits exist. Others whose eligibility is uncertain don’t realize that an attorney can help them obtain the benefits they’ve earned. Read More ›

Categories: Elder Law, VA Aid & Attendance

Estate Planning Awareness Week

Last Will and TestamentOctober 21-27, 2019 is National Estate Planning Awareness week, which was originally adopted in 2008 with the intention of educating the public on what estate planning is and why it is vital for financial well-being and peace of mind. According to the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC), estate planning is an often overlooked necessity and it is estimated that over half (56%) of Americans do not have an up-to-date estate plan. Read More ›

Categories: Elder Law, Estate Planning

Checking in on the Family this Holiday Season

Elderly Hands in Front of Christmas Tree

Summer is at an end and fall is officially here. With the Holiday season not far away, now begins the time of year for more frequent visits with parents and other family gatherings. While we all want to use these get-togethers to spend precious time and catch up with relatives, these gatherings also present the opportunity to keep an eye out for noticeable changes in behavior and living conditions of aging family members. It is important to be alert to lifestyle changes because these may reveal health needs and care challenges that require intervention. Read More ›

Categories: Dementia & Alzheimer's, Elder Law, Senior Exploitation & Abuse

Can I be paid for taking care of my elderly parents?

Elder Mother and SonAs parents age and require more assistance, the adult children who care for them may find themselves in a complicated predicament. Read More ›

Categories: Did you Know?, Elder Law

Keep Eyes Open to Prevent Financial Scams Against Seniors

While it is important to make sure our parents are well-taken care of and healthy as they age, it is just as important to make sure that their financial affairs are in order. This also includes being on the lookout for and preventing any potential financial exploitation.  Read More ›

Categories: Elder Law, Fraud & Abuse, Senior Exploitation & Abuse

Three Common Myths about Medicaid

Hand on a ChalkboardIn the state of Michigan, nearly 2.5 million people are provided health care under Medicaid. This includes low-income adults, children, senior citizens and people with disabilities that depend on the federal and state program for access to health care as well as long-term services which include basic life functions such as meal prep, bathing/dressing and administering medication. For those not familiar with the eligibility aspects of Medicaid, click here to view the video “An Introduction to Medicaid.” Read More ›

Categories: Did you Know?, Elder Law, Long-Term Care, Medicaid Planning

Gift Cards: A New Kind of Scam

Lady on PhoneGift cards; while they are a great means of acknowledging someone's birthday, anniversary, or simply to say "thank you," they are also rapidly becoming a means for con artists to scam unsuspecting individuals, especially seniors.  Read More ›

Categories: Did you Know?, Digital Assets, Elder Law, Fraud & Abuse, Senior Exploitation & Abuse

Elder Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing the Signs

Saturday, June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which is a day created by the UN in 2012 to draw attention to the millions of older adults who experience elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. With increased longevity, nearly 50 million people in the US alone are age 65 and older. Estimates indicate that by 2050, the global population of people above the age of 60 will exceed the number of younger people. 

Unfortunately, this also means that there is a growing need to address the issue of elder abuse as senior citizens are increasingly finding themselves prone to scammers and abuse both from within and without. According to the Administration for Community Living (ACL), as many as 1 in 10 older Americans are abused or neglected each year and only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse ever comes to the attention of the proper authorities. Read More ›

Categories: Elder Law, Senior Exploitation & Abuse

What are my Long Term Care Options?

Your parents have lived in the same house for decades. They have invested time and money, not to mention the memories in making it their own, and want to live out their lives there. As time goes by, adjustments are made in the home to accommodate their physical challenges but now those accommodations are no longer sufficient to meet their level of care. They can manage for now but they are realizing that now may be the time to think about other living options. There are however many types of long term care options that are available. Read More ›

Categories: Elder Law, Medicare/Medicaid

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