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HTMLLiving Wills
Julia Abrey; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 22, 2015, previously published on March 27, 2015
A living will, technically known as an ‘advance decision’, is designed to allow you to address specific concerns you may have about particular medical treatments, in case you should become mentally incapable of making decisions in relation to these in future. Although these concerns...

 

HTMLRecreational Vehicles and Government Benefits Are Not a Walk in the Park
Chambliss Bahner Stophel P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2015, previously published on April 2015
If you own or are thinking of owning a recreational vehicle (RV), you need to consider the vehicle's impact on your government benefits, especially Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid.

 

HTMLHelping Aging Parents Manage Financial Affairs
Nicola Gudbranson Cooper LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
April 2, 2015, previously published on Winter 2014-2015
Discussing critical estate planning issues with aging parents can be daunting, which is probably why such discussions often never take place. One survey showed that 70% of adult children 25 and over had not had an in-depth discussion with their parents about key issues such as wills, health...

 

HTMLWho is “Disabled” under ABLE?
Leonard Weiser-Varon; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 25, 2015, previously published on January 19, 2015
The recently-enacted federal ABLE statute provides a long-awaited vehicle for tax-exempt investing to meet future disability-related expenses of disabled individuals. Although new Section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code is now in effect, parents and others who wish to establish tax-advantaged...

 

HTMLMedicaid Planning Alert
Norman ("Gene") E. Richards; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2015, previously published on March 16, 2015
Medicaid planning is undergoing dramatic changes in Michigan. Rules and standards relied on by Medicaid planners for many years are being interpreted in new ways. These new interpretations make it more challenging for applicants to qualify for benefits. One interpretation in particular is...

 

HTMLDo Your Estate Plan Documents Address Digital Assets?
Norman ("Gene") E. Richards; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2015, previously published on February 16, 2015
Facebook users: Consider designating someone as a "legacy contact." Until last week, Facebook would freeze the accounts of someone who passed away and family members couldn't access photos, post a memorial, etc. See this Wall Street Journal article for more information about designating a...

 

HTMLEstate Planning for Retirement Years
Norman ("Gene") E. Richards; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2015, previously published on February 11, 2015
Retirement is highly anticipated as a reward for years of hard work and child rearing. The "golden years" are viewed as a special season to pursue hobbies and enjoy life. Interestingly, people will seek advice from a financial advisor to make sure they have enough money to retire, but...

 

HTMLFive Things to Look For During Holiday Visits with Aging Loved Ones
Norman ("Gene") E. Richards; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2015, previously published on December 12, 2014
'Tis the season for holiday celebrations and family gatherings. These gatherings offer the opportunity to surreptitiously keep an eye out for noticeable changes in behavior and living conditions of aging loved ones. It is important to be alert to changes because these may reveal health needs and...

 

HTMLElder Abuse: Overuse of Antipsychotic Medication in Nursing Homes
Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015
Unfortunately, the upsetting stereotype of the overmedicated and dazed nursing home resident is too often true for institutionalized elders across the nation. This can be caused by prescriptions for antipsychotic medications like Seroquil, Haldol, Thorazine, Abilify, Risperdal, Zyprexa and others,...

 

HTMLThree Big Differences Between SSI and SSDI
Ryan W. Barry; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 24, 2015, previously published on December 2014
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are both federal programs that provide cash payments to people who meet the federal definition of "disabled." But the similarities between the two programs end there. Here are the three main differences...

 


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