Since year-1999, I have dedicated my practice to representing families in their estate planning, with my main focus being on planning for the particular needs of both our aging and disabled population.
I consider myself an “elder-law attorney”, which is simply, and non-technically, defined as the type of client being served. So, although an elder-law attorney may handle a range of issues, he has a specific type of client—that being seniors.
Many of these seniors approach me with their spouse. But many of them are brought to my attention by their concerned children. And, in the latter case, generally mom or dad is of an age where some of their mental faculties or physical abilities may be declining to the point where they are beginning to require (or may require in the foreseeable future) more daily assistance from family or friends in their day-to-day activities. And making sure that planning has been accomplished so we can more easily protect mom or dad before their health begins to more significantly decline, will help prevent unwarranted frustration, aggravation, and expense in both months and years to come.
As a general rule, every person in America should eventually consult with an attorney having particular expertise in estate planning matters. (It’s as much of a rule as needing to see a doctor when one feels ill.) There are many things that people do not know that they do not know.
Master of Laws, (LLM), Law of Taxation
Wayne State University School of Law
J.D., Juris Doctor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
B.S., Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Western Michigan University
Medicaid Benefits and Procedure chapter in Advising the Older Client or Client with a Disability
(published yearly by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education)
The Planning for the Homestead, in Medicaid & Health Care Planning Update, ICLE publication description ICLE
Author of Lady Bird Deeds, published in the Summer 2006 Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal.